La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA

The La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed in urban Los Angeles. Natural asphalt also called asphaltum, bitumen, pitch or tar—brea in Spanish has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years.

The tar is often covered with dust, leaves, or water. Over many centuries, the bones of animals that were trapped in the tar were preserved. The George C. Page Museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there. The La Brea Tar Pits is a registered National Natural Landmark.

The modern name is an example of a tautological place name; “the La Brea Tar Pits” literally means “the the tar tar pits.”

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