Three new national monuments named by President Obama

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Three New National Monuments Named By President Obama


The United States of America is full of both natural and historic landmarks. Three new sites have been proclaimed national monuments by President Barack Obama.

They are the Basin and Range in Nevada, home to 4,000-year-old rock art; Waco Mammoth in Texas, home to the remains of more than 24 mammoths; and Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, a site of unusual biodiversity.

Altogether, that's over a million acres now protected from development.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) after he signed proclamations to designate three new national monuments as Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell (2nd L) looks on in the Oval Office of the White House July 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Obama has designated three new national monuments of Berryessa Snow Mountain in California; Waco Mammoth in Texas; and the Basin and Range in Nevada. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10: U.S. President Barack Obama signs proclamations to designate three new national monuments as Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell (2nd L) looks on in the Oval Office of the White House July 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Obama has designated three new national monuments of Berryessa Snow Mountain in California; Waco Mammoth in Texas; and the Basin and Range in Nevada. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Basin and Range, Nevada

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Nevada, Great Basin National Park, Looking Northeast from Summit of Wheeler Peak. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND, DEC. 6-7 ** Anita Benedict, exhibits coordinator of Baylor's Mayborn Museum, walks around the remains of a bull mammoth, at a dig site near Waco, Texas, Wednesday, Oct, 29, 2003. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND, DEC. 6-7 ** David Lintz, who is a retired staff member of Baylor's Strecker Museum, poses with the remains of a bull mammoth near Waco, Texas, on Oct. 29, 2003. Lintz was among the first to uncover the mammoth site and spent more than 20 years working the site. ( AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
Lake Berryessa is seen with parts of California's newest national monument in the background Friday, July 10, 2015, near Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, Calif. California's newest national monument covers hundreds of thousands of acres from marshes to the mountain peaks 6,000 feet above them, and countless critters in between - badgers, eagles, bears, bats, butterflies, and mountain lions, among others. Federal protection will let an entire coastal range better weather the warming of climate change, supporters say. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Lake Berryessa is seen with parts of California's newest national monument in the background, Friday, July 10, 2015, near Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, Calif. California's newest national monument covers hundreds of thousands of acres from marshes to the mountain peaks 6,000 feet above them. Federal protection will let an entire coastal range better weather the warming of climate change, supporters say. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Environmentalists were happy with the news, and one noted, "By creating these...President Obama is continuing his commitment to preserving America's treasured places and cementing his well-deserved place in conservation history."

During his tenure in the White House, President Obama has created or expanded 19 national monuments.

Obama made these classifications under the Antiquities Act of 1906.

A statement released by the White House mentions that, "Altogether, he has protected more than 260 million acres of public lands and waters — more than any other President."
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