Monday, April 18, 2016

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Get ready for a short North Carolina quiz:

1. What is the name of the oldest river in North America?

2. Name the highest waterfall east of the Rockies.

3. How many gallons of water do Pelicans scoop up in their bill?

4. How many years does it take for a hardwood forest to rejuvenate?

5.  What is the name of the oldest tree species in the Eastern US?

Answers at the bottom of post.

Kim, Dan, Evan and I visited the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.  We only spent a couple hours there, but there are movies and other interactive activities that would take up most of a day.  State museums are always interesting and this one is no exception.  IMG_3240




Display of types of granite in the State of North Carolina


Examples of wood available in North Carolina


The message Evan is pointing to says that we all contribute to the museum by asking questions and observing things around us.

Museums make me hungry and thirsty so we ate lunch at a locally owned restaurant while enjoying a craft beer brewed nearby.  Fun day.

Answers to questions: 

1.  The oldest river in North America is the New River.  2. The Highest waterfall east of the Rockies is the Whitewater Falls.  3.  Pelicans scoop up three gallons of water at a time.  4.  100 years.  The first 5 to 50 are Sweet Gum and Red Cedar.  Later squirrels bring in hardwood nuts which eventually grow large enough to out shade the smaller trees.  5.  Bald Cypress

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