The Ultimate Wind Cave National Park Quiz

The Ultimate Wind Cave National Park Quiz
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About This Quiz

Wind Cave National Park is a wonder of nature, with vast and beautiful caves that extend for miles on end. Covered by grasslands, what lurks beneath the surface is the true gem of this national park. Take this quiz and learn more about this American treasure.
Where is Wind Cave National Park located?
North Dakota
South Dakota
Wind Cave National Park is in South Dakota, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Rapid City.
Minnesota

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What can you find in Wind Cave National Park?
caves
forests
both of the above
The park has elaborate caves and 28,00 acres of grasslands and forests.

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What kind of wildlife will you see in the park?
prairie dogs
elk
both of the above
Enjoy watching the prairie dogs, elk, buffalo, deer, and antelope in this national park.

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What type of accommodation is available at Wind Cave National Park?
bed and breakfast
hotel
campground
The Elk Mountain Campground is the only accommodation in the park. It's open year round.

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The caves in Wind Cave National Park consist of:
limestone
The vast labyrinth of caves in this national park are primarily made out of limestone. These caves are more than 60 million years old.
granite
both of the above

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The caves in the Wind Cave National Park are up to:
100 feet below ground
300 feet below ground
600 feet below ground
The vast caves in this park go far below ground, much further than most other natural caves. At one point, the caves reach depths of 600 feet (183 meters).

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The caves in Wind Cave National Park are:
wet
dry
The winds that blow in and out of these caves keep it drier than most other caves in the region.
hot

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The caves feel like:
they're breathing
The caves in the Wind Cave National Park seem like they are breathing. The caves have strong wind currents that blow air in and out.
they're pulsing
they're convulsing

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Where can you find water in the caves of the park?
in the walls
Water from the surface seeps through the limestone walls of these caves, creating multicolored encrustations.
in small pools
in small waterfalls

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The intricate shapes of the limestone walls in the caves are called:
popcorn
frostwork
both of the above
One type of wall formation in these caves resembles popcorn, while another type of formation looks like frostwork. These formations look like artwork on the walls.

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The boxwork cave wall formation is made out of:
granite
calcium
The boxwork formation on the cave walls in made out of calcium. It looks like protruding coral of various shapes and sizes.
both of the above

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Where can you find boxwork formations in the caves?
the Post Office chamber
the Pearly Gates chamber
both of the above
You can find boxwork formations throughout the caves, but the best examples are in the Post Office, Perly Gates, and Temple chambers.

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How long is the cave system in the Wind Cave National Park?
50 miles
80 miles
The Wind Caves are vast and elaborate, stretching for 80 miles (129 kilometers) with fragile crystal formations.
140 miles

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What is the Garden of Eden at Wind Cave National Park?
a short hike in the forest
a short hike in a cave
If you only have a short amount of time, consider taking a tour of the Garden of Eden at the park. It's a one hour cave hike where you'll get to see many of the cave's marvels.
a short horseback ride through grass

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Where is the Post Office chamber in the caves located?
deep in the lower depths of the caves
close to the cave entrance
The Post Office chamber is the first large room soon after the cave entrance. You'll find a ceiling covered in boxwork here.
at the end of the cave labyrinth

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What will you see at the East Bison Flats?
a panoramic view
Once you get to the East Bison Flats, you'll see a panoramic view of the Wind Cave National Park, Buffalo Gap, and the Black Hills.
bison
the cave entrance

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What would you find in South Dakota 350 million years ago?
mountains
ice
water
Approximately 350 million years ago, South Dakota was located close to the equator and was covered in water.

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What bird can you find in the grassland of South Dakota?
wild turkeys
falcons
both of the above
The grasslands of South Dakota is home to wild turkeys, falcons, prairie birds, and meadowlarks.

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When were the caves in Wind Cave National Park first discovered?
in the 1700s
in the 1800s
Jesse and Tom Bingman discovered the caves in 1881. They were chasing a deer and stumbled upon the caves.
in the 1900s

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How were the caves created over the millennia?
from water seeping through cracks
Over millions of years, water seeped through underground cracks, eroding the rock, and creating the caves that exist today.
from seismic activity
both of the above

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You Got:
/20
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