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W.Va. natural wonder Ice Mountain now open to tours by arrangement


NORTH RIVER MILLS, W.Va.— One of West Virginia's most fascinating natural wonders, Ice Mountain, where winter ice can be found lingering in crevices until summer, is now open to guided hikes year-round.

Long a puzzle to scientists who were determined to discover how its "ice vents" functioned, the mystery has been solved, though the phenomena and the remarkable plant life it sustains will likely attract visitors to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia for years to come.

Steve Bailes, a docent for the Ice Mountain preserve, which now protects the site, says theories of the refrigeration effect have changed within his lifetime.

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