Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

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

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

  • 1. The accompanying photo shows a ______ visitor picking peaches in an orchard on park property. The fruit trees were planted by early settlers of the Fruita community, whose last residents departed nearly 40 years ago.
    a. Point Reyes National Seashore
    b. Big Bend National Park
    c. Zion National Park
    d. Capitol Reef National Park


Monday, October 6th, 2008

  • Eleven weeks spent in what arguably is the most remote corner of the continental United States taught writer Gary Ferguson that, sadly, some who pass through the landscape take it too much for granted.

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