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Located along U.S. Highway 2, near the southern tip of Glacier National Park, is an exposed riverbank where mountain goats and other animals come to lick the mineral-laden cliffs. From the parking area, a short paved path leads to an observation stand overlooking the waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Here, the river's current has cut deeply into the easily eroded soil, creating steep drop-offs and exposing a mass of gray clay containing minerals craved by mountain goats and other animals. Four natural mineral licks are known in the park, but no other lick receives as much use as this one.
Spring awakens cravings . . .
Like a fine restaurant . . .
Source . . .
Terms: minerals, elements, social interactions
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