Question 1: We are looking at the geologically fascinating Giant’s Causeway. Where can you find it?
- Northern Ireland
- Isle of Man
Correct Answer: Northern Ireland
Fact: Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway is one of the region's top-rated tourist destinations. It offers a blend of science, history, and mythology.
Question 2: This rock formation is an example of columnar jointing. The columns are also known by what name?
- Polygonal prisms
- Graduated cylinders
Correct Answer: Polygonal prisms
Fact: Columnar joints take a prismatic shape and can have between three to eight sides. Most commonly they have six sides, so pictures of them can sometimes look like a carpet of hexagons.
Question 3: Columnar jointing has been discovered on the surface of what other planet?
Correct Answer: Mars
Fact: Mars was volcanically active in the past, which resulted in columnar jointing on the Red Planet. Astronomers believe there was a volcanic eruption on Mars as recently as 53,000 years ago.
Question 4: These little beavers will grow to be among the largest types of rodents. What are the biggest?
- Cape porcupine
Correct Answer: Capybara
Fact: Beavers weigh, on average, 55 pounds, but they're still smaller than capybaras, rodents native to South America that average about 100 pounds. Beavers are herbivores that eat leaves, twigs, stems, and aquatic plants.
Question 5: Beavers are known as ecosystem…
Correct Answer: Engineers
Fact: Beavers build dams, creating ponds that restore wetlands, which makes them ecosystem engineers—benefiting themselves and other wetland species of plants and animals in the process.
Question 6: What color are beavers’ teeth?
Correct Answer: Orange
Fact: Beavers' unique tooth color is due to a protective, iron-rich coating on the enamel. These mineral-enhanced teeth are strong enough to chew through trees.