Endangered Places: A Quiz Deck

Endangered Places: A Quiz Deck
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Endangered Places: A Quiz Deck
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One deck of 48 3 1/4 x 4 inch cards.

ISBN 9780764953873

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The Earth is forever changing. An age of ice is succeeded by drought—and then another ice age. Sporadic mass extinctions seem to threaten life itself. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the forces of change seem to have conspired: deserts are spreading, cities and farms are gobbling down open spaces, seas are rising. To cope with an increasing number of endangered places, local and international efforts have included evacuating low-lying islands, diverting water flows, and encouraging eco-tourism. This deck of 48 quiz cards surveys the globe, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Amish farmlands of Pennsylvania, testing your knowledge and teaching you all about the threatened regions of the Earth.

Text by Matthew S. Tharp. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this product supports Sierra Club’s efforts to preserve and protect the planet.


Sample Card Text

How soon is Glacier National Park expected to become glacierless?
a. 2020
b. 2050
c. 2100


Answer
a. Although the massive glaciers that blanketed what is now Montana’s Glacier National Park during the last ice age have for the most part been retreating for centuries, in recent years the pace of melting has accelerated. Current estimates suggest that the park will be devoid of its namesake landmarks as early as the year 2020, 10 years ahead of estimates from just over a decade ago. Ecosystems unique to glacier edges are certain to disappear. In addition, warmer temperatures mean that snow and ice melt is likely to occur earlier in the year, causing spring flooding but denying downstream communities a supply of fresh water during the hotter summer months. In addition to making conditions more favorable for forest fires, drier summers may have drastic impacts on the entire regional ecosystem, from small plants near the bottom of the food chain to grizzly bears near the top.