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for Carolina Country Vol. 30 Issue 9, Sept 1998
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The state's wild honeybees have been all but wiped out. Trachea and varroa mites, which appeared in the 1990s, in addition to pesticide use, have devastated the wild bee and over 50,000 managed bee colonies. Such loses affect pollination, which in turn affects fruit and plant growth.
Thousands of oval-shaped depressions, called \"Carolina Bays,\" stretch across the Coastal Plain. Some of the larger ones have served humans from 10,000 years ago to the present. White Lake is an example. Their origins have been attributed to meteorites, fish wallows, and beaver dams.
Over 300 minerals, including rubies and emeralds, are found in the state. Four museums in Western North Carolina display samples of this mineral wealth: Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum (Asheville); Museum of North Carolina Minerals (Spruce Pine); The Schiele Museum (Gastonia); and The Nature Museum at Grandfather Mountain (Linville).