Geography Quiz # 17

What are fossils?


Fossils are formed when plants or animals die and become covered by sediments. After millions of years they are petrified becoming rock or are outlined in rock.

#1 Fossil outlines found at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

#2 Petrified wood, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

#3 Petoskey Stones, Torch Bay Nature Preserve, Michigan


Geography Quiz #16

What are hot springs?

Underground water is heated and percolates to the earth’s surface. They are used for hot baths and geothermal energy.

Geography Quiz: Week 14

How many states are in Mexico?


There are 31 states plus the Federal District  of Mexico City. The largest state is Chihuahua in northern Mexico and the most populous is Mexico City with about 10 million people.

Boquillas Canyon was taken by me at Big Bend National Park, Texas. While I was not in Mexico the photo over looks the state of Coahuila.

The other three photos were taken by my daughter, Ashley.







Geographic Quiz: Week 13

What is the difference between a bay and a gulf?


Lemon Bay, Florida

Gulf of Mexico

Cape Cod Bay

Gulf of Maine

Both are bodies of water partially surrounded by land. A bay is a smaller version of a gulf.

Famous bays: San Francisco Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Patmos Bay (Greece)

Famous gulfs: Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Maine, Persian Gulf

Geography Quiz #12

What is the largest prehistoric earthwork in North America?


Monk’s Mound is part of the Cahokia Mounds complex in Illinois and is the largest earthen mound in the world. The base of the mound is roughly the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Archaeologists believe the on top of the mound was the home of the society’s royal leaders. Cahokia was occupied from about 900A.D. to 1300A.D.


**To get perspective on the size of Monk’s Mound, notice the car at the base of the mound.

Geography Quiz #11

What was the first national park in the world?

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Lower Yellowstone Falls

Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana was established March 1, 1872. The park gets its name for the yellow rock of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Yellowstone is known for its varied geologic and geographic features, wildlife and has the largest concentration of geothermal features.