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Devil’s Rock-Legends surround giant rock butte’s formation

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An effort is underway to change the name of Devils Tower National Monument, a giant rock butte in northeast Wyoming.

Local American Indians and others say the name is inappropriate given the tower’s religious significance. They’re seeking to have it switched to Bear Lodge.

Here are some key things to know about the geological feature:

FIRST US MONUMENT

President Theodore Roosevelt designated Devils Tower the country’s first national monument on Sept. 24, 1906, under new authority granted to him in the Antiquities Act. Congress passed the measure to help protect unique U.S. sites.

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HOW DID IT FORM?

The most accepted theory is that Devils Tower was created by underground magma that cooled and hardened into igneous rock.

The magma shrank and cracked, forming multisided columns. Weather and the nearby Belle Fourche River then eroded the softer rock surrounding the hard columns, exposing the tower over time. The columns make the tower a popular place for rock climbers.

Piles of rubble, boulders and stones at the tower’s base likely are column pieces that have broken off over the years.

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NATIVE AMERICANS AND THE TOWER

About two dozen area tribes have maintained some affiliation with the tower over the centuries.

Tribes have their own stories passed down through generations about how the jagged butte formed. The most popular ones attribute it to a large bear clawing at a mountain where people had taken refuge to escape it.

Various tribal languages have names for the tower that translate in English to: Bear’s House, Bear Peak, Bear Lodge, Tree Rock, Gray Horn Butte and Grizzly Bear’s Lodge.

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DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS

According to the National Park Service, most maps from 1874 to 1901 mark the feature as Bears Lodge.

The name change happened during this period with information brought back by an expedition led by Col. Richard Irving Dodge.

The group sent a small contingent, including a geologist and mapmaker, to study the tower. When they returned, they reported “the Indians call this place ‘bad god’s tower,’ a name adopted with proper modification.”

And so, the label “Devil’s Tower” was born.

No other records indicate Native Americans associated the tower with any kind of evil spirit.

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MOVIE FAME

Devils Tower was the focus of the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” which depicted an alien encounter. The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in 1977.

Since then, the site has been a draw for fans of the film and people interested in UFOs.

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NAME CHANGER

Proponents of the name change have petitioned the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, which approves and standardizes geographic labels for the federal government.

The panel receives hundreds of proposals each year to name or rename features ranging from mountains to streams. Here are a few other requests pending before it:

— Naming an 80-foot summit in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park “Hazels Cone” in honor of a woman who operated cottages near a park entrance.

— Changing the name of Gary Ditch in Brunswick, Ohio, to “Goodyear Creek.” The proponent says “ditch” connotes degradation and is “not a pleasant word” for a stream.

— Giving the name “Tubsinte Hill” to a 135-foot summit on San Francisco Bay’s west side. The name recognizes a Yelamu Ohlone village that existed in Visitacion Valley in the mid to late 18th century.

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Havana Tornado: Cuba warns citizens to stay off street to avoid more casualties.

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A powerful Havana Tornado has hit cuba, crippling the activities of the day, and the authorities have warned the people to stay off the street.



The authorities have been communicating updates on any development to the people through media platforms to keep them aware of the development thou revealing that Part of the capital is completely dark and they heavy winds overturned vehicles, uprooted trees and lamp posts.

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A source has confirmed that the firefighters and ambulances rushed about on rescue missions, their flashing lights giving light to blacked out areas.

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President Miguel Diaz-Canel confirms the incident stating, that the demage is severe, after visiting the cuban capital city.

“As of now we mourn the loss of three human lives. 174 injured people are receiving aid” He added that several emergency teams were working hard to restore power to blacked-out areas.

At the Hijas de Galicia maternity hospital staffs were forced to evacuate the building because of storm damage.

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The thernado, spawned by a powerful storm that originated in the Gulf of Mexico, hit western Cuba with winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

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Scores still missing as deadly flash landslide continues to rock Indonesia

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Head of South Sulawesi’s disaster mitigation agency said over 3,400 people have lost their homes since the rainfall and strong winds hit heavily in the southern part of Sulawesi island on Wednesday and Thursday when speaking to the news agency.



However, he urge the residents to locate the temporary shelters that have been set up by the disaster mitigation agency in helping ensuring safety.

The authorities has confirmed that southern part of Sulawesi island suffered massive casualties, with 42 people found dead, adding that they are also working with volunteer in search of the missing ones,the major roads have been blocked prompting to lunch helicopter to deliver and monitor the situation.

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Those evacuated were given refuge in schools, mosques and tents. At least 46 are being treated at local hospitals and health clinics.

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On Thursday, the agency said that while flooding in the province was receding “the search and evacuation process is still ongoing”.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster agency has also notified the people that the Parts of Makassar were overpower with floodwater,

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The floods have paralyzed the activities of the state also damaged houses, government buildings, schools and bridges.

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