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The Midwest - Great Places to Visit
USA - Specific Regions
"The Midwest is the heartland of the United States. The twelve states in this region offer a wide variety of fascinating places to visit. Here is a short trip to ten 'road-side attractions'. -- The USA Midwest Players"
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We start our Midwestern tour in Chicago, Illinois, the 'City of the Big Shoulders'. Chicago has a tremendous amount of attractions for residents and visitors alike. Our first stop is the Sears Tower. Which of the following is NOT true?
The building was designed so that it could be made taller.
There are (or have been) restrooms on the 103rd floor.
The actual name of the building is 'The Willis Tower'.
In 2009, plans to paint the building gold were announced.
Our next stop is the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The area supports an incredibly diverse biota, and it is also noted for its 'singing sand'. What is that?
The sand is "musical" when blown away in the wind.
Birds hide under the sand and call out.
The sand acts like a radio receiver.
The sand makes sounds when put under pressure.
We move on to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Tributes to many high-flying stars can be found there. The museum tower was originally designed to be 200 feet (61 meters) high. However, it was built to be only 162 feet (49 meters) tall. Why?
It could be dangerous to low flying planes
Weak bedrock wouldn't support the higher tower
Financial difficulties during construction
A taller tower blocked the Mayor's lake view
Next up on our tour is the Mackinac Bridge. It connects the Upper and Lower Michigan peninsulas. How long is the bridge's main span?
3,800 feet (1,158 meters)
4,200 feet (1,280 meters)
6,529 feet (1,991 meters)
3,500 feet (1,067 meters)
The Dells of the Wisconsin River are a natural scenic wonder. What process was the major cause of the unusual sandstone formations in the area?
Earthquake and volcanic eruptions before the last ice age
Wind erosion over 100,000 or more years
Water erosion via catastrophic floods over 13,000 years ago
Glacial ice erosion more than 20,000 years ago
We move on to the Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Of course, it is noted for its boating and fishing opportunities, but there are also many fascinating geological features in the BWCAW. Which of the following is NOT one of them?
Greenstone formations up to 2.7 billion years old
Extensive limestone cave systems
Glacially scoured portions of the Canadian Shield
Igneous rock of the Duluth Complex
South Dakota is the next stop on our tour. Gutzon Borglum is associated with tourism in the state. What is he known for doing?
Carving presidential heads on Mount Rushmore
Building the first Corn Palace in Mitchell
Creating the Crazy Horse Monument
Founding the world famous Wall Drug Store
Moving on to the Sand Hills of Nebraska, we find a land of contradictions. Which of the following is NOT true of the Sand Hills?
It covers over 1/4 of the state, but has traditionally had a low population
It is one of the world's most productive cattle ranching areas, but is agriculturally undeveloped
It is the largest wetlands ecosystem in the US, but it is semi-arid
Land elevations vary from below sea-level to tall mountain peaks
Kansas is the center of the US in more ways than one. Which of the following is NOT true about Kansas?
It is the geographic center of the contiguous 48 states
In 2000, it was the population center of the United States
It was the geodetic center of North America until 1983
In 2000, it ranked in the middle in per capita income
Our last stop on this Midwest trip is the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. What is the official name of the area containing this impressive monument?
Saarinen National Monument
The Gateway Arch Center
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Gateway to the West Park
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