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United States National Park
The United States
United States
has 60 protected areas known as national parks[1] that are operated by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. National parks must be established by an act of the United States
United States
Congress. A bill creating the first national park, Yellowstone, was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, followed by Mackinac National Park
Mackinac National Park
in 1875 (decommissioned in 1895), and then Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Park
(later merged into National Capital Parks), Sequoia and Yosemite in 1890
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Fin (geology)
A fin is a geologic formation that is a narrow, residual wall of hard sedimentary rock that remains standing after surrounding rock has been eroded away along parallel joints or fractures. Fins are formed when a narrow butte or plateau develops many vertical, parallel cracks. There are two main modes of following erosion. The first is when water flows along joints and fractures and opens them wider and wider, eventually causing erosion. The second is where the rock type (stratum) is harder and more erosion resistant than neighboring rocks, causing the weaker rock to fall away. Fins are considered an intermediary stage of many other erosional geologic features like windows, arches, and hoodoos. The formation of such features is a simplified four-step process. The first step is uplift that results in deep parallel, vertical fractures within the plateau. The second step is weathering and erosion that enlarges the fractures, producing fins
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Coral Reef
Coral
Coral
reefs are diverse underwater ecosystems held together by calcium carbonate structures secreted by corals. Coral
Coral
reefs are built by colonies of tiny animals found in marine water that contain few nutrients. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, which in turn consist of polyps that cluster in groups. The polyps belong to a group of animals known as Cnidaria, which also includes sea anemones and jellyfish. Unlike sea anemones, corals secrete hard carbonate exoskeletons which support and protect the coral polyps. Most reefs grow best in warm, shallow, clear, sunny and agitated water. Often called "rainforests of the sea", shallow coral reefs form some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth
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Colorado
Colorado
Colorado
(/ˌkɒləˈrædoʊ, -ˈrɑːdoʊ/ ( listen)[8][9]) is a state of the United States
United States
encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountains
as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau
Plateau
and the western edge of the Great Plains. It is the 8th largest geographically and 21st most populous U.S. state. The estimated population of Colorado
Colorado
was 5,540,545 on July 1, 2016, an increase of 10.17% since the 2010 United States
United States
Census.[10] The state was named for the Colorado
Colorado
River, which Spanish travelers named the Río Colorado
Colorado
for the ruddy silt the river carried from the mountains
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List Of U.S. States And Territories By Area
This is a complete list of the states of the United States
United States
and its major territories ordered by total area, land area, and water area. The water area numbers include inland waters, coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and territorial waters
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Median
The median is the value separating the higher half of a data sample, a population, or a probability distribution, from the lower half. For a data set, it may be thought of as the "middle" value. For example, in the data set 1, 3, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 , the median is 6, the fourth largest, and also the fourth smallest, number in the sample. For a continuous probability distribution, the median is the value such that a number is equally likely to fall above or below it. The median is a commonly used measure of the properties of a data set in statistics and probability theory. The basic advantage of the median in describing data compared to the mean (often simply described as the "average") is that it is not skewed so much by extremely large or small values, and so it may give a better idea of a "typical" value. For example, in understanding statistics like household income or assets which vary greatly, a mean may be skewed by a small number of extremely high or low values
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Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
National Park is the 15th site in the United States
United States
to have been named a national park. Named a UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
in 1979, the park is located in northwestern Arizona. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado
Colorado
River, which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World. The park, which covers 1,217,262 acres (1,901.972 sq mi; 492,608 ha; 4,926.08 km2) of unincorporated area in Coconino and Mohave counties, received nearly six million recreational visitors in 2016, which is the second highest count of all U.S
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Acadia National Park
Acadia
Acadia
National Park is a United States national park located in the state of Maine, southwest of Bar Harbor. The park reserves much of Mount Desert Island
Mount Desert Island
and associated smaller islands along the Atlantic coast
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Mount Desert Island
Mount Desert Island
Mount Desert Island
(MDI)[4] in Hancock County, Maine, is the largest island off the coast of Maine. With an area of 108 square miles (280 km2) it is the 6th-largest island in the contiguous United States,[5] and it is the second-largest island on the Eastern seaboard, behind Long Island
Long Island
and ahead of Martha's Vineyard.[5] According to the 2010 census, the island has a year-round population of 10,615, and it is estimated that two and a half million tourists a year visit Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park
on the island
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Cadillac Mountain
Cadillac Mountain
Cadillac Mountain
is located on Mount Desert Island, within Acadia National Park. With an elevation of 1,530 feet (466 meters), its summit is the highest point in Hancock County and the highest within 25 miles (40 km) of the shoreline of the North American continent between the Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
and Mexican peaks 180 miles (290 km) south of the Texas
Texas
border.[3]Contents1 History 2 Overview 3 Gallery 4 References 5 External linksHistory[edit] Before being renamed in 1918, the mountain had been called Green Mountain. The new name honors the French explorer and adventurer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac
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Samoa Flying-fox
The Samoa
Samoa
flying fox or Samoan flying fox ( Pteropus
Pteropus
samoensis) is a species of flying fox in the family Pteropodidae. It is found in American Samoa, Fiji, and Samoa
Samoa
(where it is known as pe'a and pe'a vao). Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.Contents1 Description 2 Distribution and habitat 3 Biology 4 Status 5 Samoan mythology 6 ReferencesDescription[edit]The Samoan flying fox is a medium-sized bat weighing about 450 grams (16 oz) with a wingspan of about 0.86 metres (2 ft 10 in). It has a fox-like face with a pointed muzzle, a brown body and wings and the fur on its head and shoulders is blond or silvery-grey.[2] Distribution and habitat[edit] The Samoan flying fox is native to Fiji, Samoa
Samoa
and American Samoa
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American Samoa
American Samoa
Samoa
(/əˌmɛrɪkən səˈmoʊ.ə, -sɑː-/ ( listen); Samoan: Amerika Sāmoa, [aˈmɛɾika ˈsaːmʊa]; also Amelika Sāmoa or Sāmoa Amelika) is an unincorporated territory of the United States
United States
located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa.[5] American Samoa
Samoa
consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The largest and most populous island is Tutuila, with the Manuʻa Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island
Swains Island
also included in the territory. All islands except for Swains Island
Swains Island
are part of the Samoan Islands, located west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and some 300 miles (500 km) south of Tokelau
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Brown Booby
The brown booby (Sula leucogaster) is a large seabird of the booby family, Sulidae. They present sexual dimorphism. The female booby reaches about 80 centimetres (31 in) in length, its wingspan measures up to 150 cm (4.9 ft), and they can weigh up to 1,300 g (2.9 lb)
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Natural Arch
A natural arch, natural bridge, or (less commonly) rock arch is a natural rock formation where an arch has formed with an opening underneath. Natural arches commonly form where inland cliffs, coastal cliffs, fins or stacks are subject to erosion from the sea, rivers or weathering (subaerial processes). Most natural arches are formed from narrow fins and sea stacks composed of sandstone or limestone with steep, often vertical, cliff faces. The formations become narrower due to erosion over geologic time scales. The softer rock stratum erodes away creating rock shelters, or alcoves, on opposite sides of the formation beneath the relatively harder stratum, or caprock, above it. The alcoves erode further into the formation eventually meeting underneath the harder caprock layer, thus creating an arch
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Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch
is 60-foot-tall (18 m) freestanding natural arch located in Arches National Park
Arches National Park
near Moab, Utah, USA.[1] It is the most widely recognized landmark in Arches National Park
Arches National Park
and is depicted on Utah
Utah
license plates and on a postage stamp commemorating Utah's centennial anniversary of admission to the Union in 1996. The Olympic torch relay for the 2002 Winter Olympics
2002 Winter Olympics
passed through the arch.[2]Contents1 History 2 Geology 3 Ecology 4 Controversy 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] Because of its distinctive shape, the arch was known as "the Chaps" and "the Schoolmarm's Bloomers" by local cowboys.[3] It was given its current name by Frank Beckwith, leader of the Arches National Monument Scientific Expedition, who explored the area in the winter of 1933–1934
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Landscape Arch
Coordinates: 38°47′26″N 109°36′26″W / 38.79056°N 109.60722°W / 38.79056; -109.60722 Landscape Arch
Landscape Arch
is the longest of the many natural rock arches located in the Arches National Park
Arches National Park
in Utah, United States. The arch is among many in the area known as Devil's Garden in the north area of the park
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