Wah Wah Mountains

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The Wah Wah Mountain range is a real geological region in the United States that is used by author Scott Sigler in his novel EarthCore.


The Wah Wah Mountains are located in Beaver County, Utah. It is situated in the southwestern part of the state, extending south from Crystal Peak to the Escalante Desert, between the Pine and Wah Wah Valleys.[1] The mountains are named after the nearby Wah Wah Springs. The term Wah Wah meaning "good, clear water."[2]. This mountain range holds the distinction of being one of the few places on earth where the rare mineral Bixbite, or red beryl, is found. Emerald, Aquamarine, helidor, morganite, and goshinite are other examples of the mineral Beryl. Color is the only difference due to trace elements that differ in each variety. In fact, the only gem quality red beryl is found in the Wah Wah mountain range.

References in EarthCore

Missing Students

In 1942, three Brigham Young University graduate students Samuel J. Anderson, Douglas Nadia, and Wilford Igoe, Jr. adventure in to the Wah Wah Mountains. As geology students, they become interested in primitive drawings near a cave and decide to investigate the caves further. This leads to the unfortunate and untimely deaths of all three students.

Corporate Greed

A local prospector named Sonny McGuiness found the fabled Silver Spring in the Wah Wah Mountains. When it turns out the deposit is platinum rather than silver, EarthCore executive Connell Kirkland manipulated McGuiness into selling the location to the EarthCore Mining Company, which then tried to mine the site, with disastrous results.

Double Crossed

In an effort to double cross Connell Kirkland, Kayla Meyers uncovers the location of the Wah Wah mining site by hacking into the systems of an EarthCore supplier named Southern Air Freight of Phoenix. Southern Air Freight had delivered several large loads of supplies to a remote area with the coordinates of 38 degrees, 15 minutes north latitude; 114 degrees, 37 minutes west longitude -- the location of the Wah Wah Mountains.

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