The Ultimate Great Basin National Park Quiz

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The Ultimate Great Basin National Park Quiz
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About This Quiz

Situated between the Las Vegas and Salt Lake City airports, Great Basin National Park is a fine example of high desert and alpine terrains. Take this quiz and enjoy one of Nevada's natural treasures.
Where is the Great Basin National Park located?
Nevada
It is located in Eastern Nevada.
Utah and Nevada
Northern Arizona

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Between which mountain ranges is Great Basin located?
Sierra Nevada and Grey Cliffs
Wheeler Peak and the Great Basin Range
Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada
It lies between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada.

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When was the park established?
1974
1986
It was established in 1986.
1991

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How big is the park?
57,180 acres
67,180 acres
77,180 acres
It covers an area of 77,180 acres (25,812 hectares).

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Which mountain range actually runs through the park?
Snake Range
The Snake Range runs through the park.
Rocky Mountains
Sierra Nevada

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How many fault-block mountains are there in Great Basin?
80
100
There are about 100.
130

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What is one of the main attractions?
Lehman Caves
This would be the extensive labyrinth of underground tunnels and rooms comprising the Lehman Caves.
Wheeler Creek
Bighorn Cove

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How many species of birds are found in the park?
156
192
238
You have 238 species.

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What is regarded as the centerpiece of the park other than the Lehrman Caves?
Snake Range
Wheeler Peak
Wheeler Peak is the centerpiece of Great Basin.
Alpine Lakes

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How much precipitation does the high country of the Snake Range receive?
50 inches
40 inches
30 inches
It receives about 30 inches (76 cm) annually.

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How high is Wheeler Peak?
13,063 feet
It is 13,063 feet (3,980 meters) high.
14,063 feet
15,063 feet

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What is located near the summit of Wheeler Peak?
caves
glacier
The only glacier in Great Basin lies near the summit.
spruce forest

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Which is one of the most popular hiking trails?
Alpine Lakes Loop Trail
Alpine Lakes Loop Trail is one of the most popular.
Wheeler Peak Trail
Lehrman Caves Trail

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How long is this trail?
4.3 miles
3.8 miles
2.7 miles
It is 2.7 miles (4.3 kilometers) long.

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What wildlife is found near the summit of Wheeler Peak?
snakes and mountain deer
pikas and marmots
There are pikas (small mammals of the rabbit family) and marmots.
coyotes and bighorn sheep

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Where are the Lehrman Caves located?
at an altitude of 6,800 feet
They are on the slopes of Wheeler Peak, at an altitude of 6,800 feet.
at an altitude of 5,800 feet
at an altitude of 4,800 feet

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What attraction is located in the Lexington Canyon?
Lexington Creek
Lexington Lakes
Lexington Arch
The Lexington Arch rises from the floor of Lexington Canyon.

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What is special about this attraction?
made of sandstone
made of limestone
Most arches in Western America are formed from sandstone, whereas this arch is made of limestone.
made of granite

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Who gave the park its name?
19th century white explorer
It was named by John C. Fremont, one of the first white explorers in the mid-19th century.
Nevada Indian tribes
Spanish explorers

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Who or what was Prometheus?
original name given to Alpine Lake
an early Spanish visitor to the area
very old tree
It was a tree that was estimated to have existed for 4,844 years before it was cut down in 1964.

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You Got:
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