When you think of scorpions, you may think of those poisonous desert-dwelling creatures from the southwestern part of the US.
Chances are, scorpions don’t come to mind when you think of North Dakota.
But they’re here – in areas with lignite coal.
"They live primarily in the cracks of coal," said State Geologist Ed Murphy. "We found out very early, working on coal in the 1980s, it wasn't unusual to have a scorpion hanging upside down on the bottom of the chunk of coal."