Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

  • 1. The accompanying photo, which was taken in a national park, shows the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a lake formed by a dam on the
    a. Merced River
    b. Tioga River
    c. Tuolumne River
    d. American River

    2. There are 58 units in the National Park System that have been designated National Park. How many of these 58 National Parks have the word “River” as part of their name?
    a. none
    b. one

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

  • 1. Examine the photo accompanying this quiz, which was taken in a border park. It shows a concentration and smelting plant complex associated with mines located nearby. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986, this historic mining complex produced ______ for nearly forty years.
    a. copper
    b. gold
    c. silver
    d. lead

    2. Four National Park System units are listed below.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

  • 1. Generally speaking (there are always exceptions), which of the following situations would be most stressful to a person who suffers classic symptoms of agoraphobia?
    a. spending the night at the Volcano House hotel in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    b. visiting Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania
    c. taking a backpacking trip in Big Bend National Park

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

  • 1. Check out the animal in the photo accompanying this quiz. In the 1990s, the National Park Service unsuccessfully tried to reintroduce this species in
    a. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    b. Death Valley National Park
    c. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
    d. Rocky Mountain National Park


Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

  • 1. The photo accompanying this quiz shows the rock strata of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park. The lowermost (“basement”) rock is the oldest. Downcutting by the Colorado River in the canyon’s Inner Gorge has exposed the ______, which was long thought to be the oldest rock visible anywhere on the surface of this planet.
    a. Bright Angel shale
    b. Hermit shale
    c. Vishnu schist

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