The tagline (“If you dig deep enough, say scientists, you can find some truth to legends and creation stories”) is a bit silly, but the descriptions are interesting. Some, like unique geological features, are plausibly the source for their related stories. There is, however, a great chasm of a difference between saying that a story was inspired by a geological feature or event, and saying that there is an underlying truth to a legend.

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You can read all of their legends and their “explanations” over at the Smithsonian