Question 1: What natural feature does this photograph show?
- A river delta
- Coral bleaching
- Fungal growth
Correct Answer: A river delta
Fact: This is the braided delta of the Tlikakila River in Alaska's Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. We're here for the anniversary of the expansion of national parks in Alaska on this day in 1980.
Question 2: Which president was responsible for the expansion of Alaska’s national parks?
- Jimmy Carter
- Richard Nixon
- Franklin Roosevelt
Correct Answer: Jimmy Carter
Fact: President Carter signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act into law in 1980, providing protection to more than 157 million acres of land in Alaska. It was the single largest expansion of protected land in history and doubled the size of the National Park System. The bill was somewhat controversial in the state early on, but support grew as Alaska's national parks (now numbering eight) and monuments brought in tourism dollars.
Question 3: Alaska is the home of America’s largest national park, which is…?
- Wrangell-St. Elias
- Mammoth Cave
Correct Answer: Wrangell-St. Elias
Fact: Many of the country's largest national parks are in Alaska, including the biggest of all, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. It covers 13.2 million acres, about six times the area of Yellowstone National Park. More than 25% of Wrangell-St. Elias is covered by glaciers, and nine of the United States' highest mountain peaks can be found within the park.