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NAGTrivia questions are contributed by NAGT members for the NAGT community, with a new question appearing each month in the NAGTNews e-newsletter sent to all members. The trivia questions are a way for members to share their knowledge and fun facts related to the Earth sciences, and they also hold potential as a teaching resource. Check your response to the latest NAGTrivia question below.

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Between the establishment of the first National Park in the US in 1872 and the signing of the National Park Service Act (establishing one agency to oversee the National Parks) on August 25, 1916, twelve national parks were created (that are still in existence). How many of those parks are located at the site of active volcanism? This question was contributed by Jennifer Wenner, who has been an NAGT member since 2006.

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[CORRECT] Correct! These parks include (in order of creation) Yellowstone (1872), Mt. Rainier (1899), Crater Lake (1902), Hawaii Volcanoes (1916), and Lassen Volcanic (1916) National Parks.
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After reading Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology as he sailed around the world on the Beagle, this outcrop convinced Charles Darwin that granites were indeed intrusive rock. Where is it? This question was contributed by Callan Bentley, current president of NAGT's Geo2YC Division

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[CORRECT] Correct! This outcrop, called "Sea Point," was visited by Charles Darwin in 1836, towards the end of his round-the-world sojourn on the H.M.S. Beagle. Here, beds of dark colored Malmesbury rock, altered by intense heat, are intermingled and folded with the light colored intrusive granite.

April 2018

Which is the only state to require a credit in Earth/environmental science to graduate from high school? This question was contributed by Anne Egger, Past President of NAGT and current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Geoscience Education.

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