Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Monday, May 4th, 2009

  • A glacial erratic is a boulder that’s been transported by a glacier and deposited in a new location where its lithology doesn’t match the bedrock beneath it. Thousands of glacial erratics are scattered about the surface of glaciated national parks.

    Most glacial erratics are so small or isolated that they go unnoticed. Some, however, are very large and very accessible.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

  • Celebrity ce•leb•ri•ty (sə-lĕb'rĭ-tē) noun. A famous or renowned person.

    1. True or false? Pop diva Madonna was born in a hospital that is now within the authorized boundaries of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

    2. True or false? Celebrity murderer Charles Manson was arrested in Yosemite National Park.


Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

  • 1. True or false? The Department of Interior official who directly oversees the operation of the National Park Service is the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

    2. True or false? The National Park Service document that provides guidance to park Superintendents and other officials in the field is called Administrative Policies.

    3. True or false?

Monday, April 20th, 2009

  • Dozens of new books about America’s national parks are published every year, so you have to have a pretty darn good reason to dig out and review a book that was released into the wild six years ago. This one is worth the trouble, and I’ll tell you why.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

  • 1. The Wilderness Act of 1964 stipulated that a tract of land had to be at least a certain size in order to be eligible for consideration as a federally designated wilderness area. What was the stipulated minimum size?

    2. True or false? The Wilderness Act of 1964 specifies that hiking and primitive camping shall be permitted in federally designated wilderness areas within national parks.


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