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Aug 13, 2005

Old & New Mapping Technologies Combined To Rediscover Giant Waterfall

A couple years ago, Russ Weatherbee, a wildlife biologist with the National Park Service was cleaning out a cabinet of old maps when he stumbled across one from the 1960s marked with a note reading "Whiskeytown falls" near Crystal Creek.

His curiosity aroused, he turned to global imaging system maps on his computer where he saw a stretch in the creek that dropped in altitude quickly with a sliver of white leading through it. The combination of old and new maps led park officials to the nearly 400-foot waterfall in a remote corner of the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, in northern California.

Complete article from Associated Press.