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New National Monuments Coming In Texas, California, Nevada

J. Scott Applewhite / AP via NPR

Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner listen as President Obama gives his State of the Union address Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP via NPR

(AP) - Mammoth bones, prehistoric rock carvings and more than a million acres of wilderness will be protected as part of new national monuments in California, Nevada and Texas.

President Barack Obama is creating the new monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act. All told, Obama has created or expanded 19 national monuments including those being announced today.

Nevada's Basin and Range is home to rare rock art from 4,000 years ago and will also become a national monument.

And California nature lovers will see more than 330-thousand acres in set aside for a monument at Berryessa Snow Mountain.