Here are the correct answers to the National Park Quiz #9

Q. Which National Park unit runs for 469 miles through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

A. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs mostly along the spine of the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. The Parkway covers a wide range of habitats along the Appalachian Mountains, and some of these habitats are exceptionally rare. Visitors encounter unsurpassed diversity of climate, vegetation, wildlife and geological features.

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Q. Which national park contains rock art made by hunter-gatherers from the Late Archaic Period (2000-1000 BC) pre-dating the Ancestral Puebloans?

A. These canyons were first visited by humans over 10,000 years ago. Although the nomadic groups did not leave many traces of their houses or artifacts, their artwork can be seen throughout the park. Some of the best examples remain on the cliff walls of Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park.

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Q. Which park protects a large, tree-like cactus -- native to the Sonoran Desert -- and does not grow naturally anywhere else in the world?

A. The saguaro plant is a tree-like species of cactus that can grow to be over 40 feet tall. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. In 1994, Saguaro National Park was established as a designated site to help protect this species and its habitat.

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Q. Which national park is home to the second largest tree on Earth?

A. Kings Canyon National Park is home to the second largest tree on Earth, the General Grant tree at 267 feet tall. Named after Ulysses S. Grant, the tree is close to 1,650 years old and was declared to be a "National Shrine" by President Eisenhower in 1956 as a memorial to those who have died in war.

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Q. Which National Park Unit protects the third longest cave system in the world?

A. Jewel Cave National Monument protects the third longest cave system in the world, with 198 miles of mapped passageway. The cave "exhales" when the outside air pressure drops and "inhales" when the outside air pressure rises, much like a living organism.

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