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The Jocassee Gorges along the North and South Carolina border is a great wilderness area. Duke Energy plans to sell 50,000 acres there and has offered the state first opportunity to purchase, provided a 1999 deadline can be met.
\"There's gold in them hills!\" Well, in this case not gold, but precious stones: rubies, emeralds, and diamonds were reportedly discovered in the mountains of western North Carolina. The article outlines specific locations where these valuable gemstones were found and what quantity may have existed.
In the remote mountains of Western Carolina, a combination of high local rainfall, steep river and stream gradients, and erosion have carved the Jocassee Gorges. The greatest waterfall concentration in eastern North America is found there. Biologists have been coming to explore the rare plant life since French botanist Andre Michaux visited the area in 1788. Although not as fully explored as the plants, a variety of animals inhabits the area, including sixteen species of salamanders.