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The Ultimate Glacier Bay National Park Quiz
by Staff
In the southern region of Alaska you will find the Glacier Bay National Park, regarded as one of the finest of all the national parks. Join us in exploring this wonderland of glaciers, snow-topped mountains and beaches by taking this quiz.

Where is the Glacier Bay National Park situated?

  • Eastern Alaska
  • Southeastern Alaska
  • Northern Alaska

How big is this park?

  • 3,283,246 acres
  • 2,233,256 acres
  • 1,283,332 acres

When was the park established?

  • 1960
  • 1970
  • 1980

Why is it considered a living laboratory?

  • Scientists can study the bear in its native habitat.
  • Scientists can study the retreat of glaciers.
  • Scientists can study diverse varieties of marine life.

Why is this area so special?

  • greatest glacial mass in the world
  • oldest known glacier
  • fastest moving glacier

How do you get into the park?

  • by road
  • by air
  • by boat

Why is this park considered one of the "crown jewels" of the national park system?

  • variety of giant marine mammals
  • magnificent glaciers
  • diverse natural habitats

How many tidewater glaciers are there?

  • 16
  • 18
  • 20

What is the largest marine mammal in the waters of the park?

  • humpback whale
  • porpoises
  • minke whales

How many species of birds are found in the park?

  • 350
  • 300
  • 200

What kind of fish frequent the area?

  • cod
  • salmon
  • trout

What is the main diet of the humpback whales?

  • krill
  • algae
  • sea urchins

Why do the harbor seals give birth to their pups on the icebergs?

  • Te icebergs are more stable than the banks of the bay.
  • They prefer the isolation from other seals.
  • They offer shelter from wolves and bears.

How tall is Mount Fairweather?

  • 13,400 feet
  • 15,300 feet
  • 17,500 feet

How did Mount Fairweather get its name?

  • It was named for the only kind of weather in which you can see the peak.
  • It was named for explorer who discovered the area.
  • It is from the Eskimo term for a tall mountain.

Where can you photograph a magnificent view of land meeting sea at dawn?

  • the West Arm
  • Blue Mouse Cove
  • George Island

What can happen after the retreat of a glacier?

  • Where there is ice you could have grass.
  • New lakes are formed.
  • Iceberg are created.

How were the glaciers formed?

  • Earthquakes split the walls of ice that began to slide downwards.
  • Icebergs fused together to form glaciers.
  • More snow fell than melted.

What do you have in the southern end of the bay from where the glaciers first departed?

  • series of small islands
  • rain forest of spruce and hemlock
  • inlets or small bays in the bay

What is the name given by the Tlingit Indians to the sound of the huge chunks of ice breaking away from the moving glacier?

  • white thunder
  • anger of the gods
  • wrath of the frozen spirits