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Live Oak stumpTuolumne Table mountain near Sonora is an Eocene river channel that was capped by Miocene volcanic mud/lava? flows. It is equivalent in age and formation process to the local ridge tops north and south of the college. In some of the deposits are rare remains of the plants and animals (camels and horses) that lived in the area about 10 million years ago.

The stump in the northeast foyer is from an ancestor of today’s Interior Live oak. It was found by a community member and donated to the college.

Museum technician George Bromm and Dick Hilton spent countless hours finding where the pieces fit together. (The storage box did not have a picture as in jigsaw puzzles.) It was eventually glued back together and housed in a large plexiglass display case.

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