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Welcome back Treasure Hunters! We’re only about a month away from our first Phase I prize drawing. All schools and youth groups who submit correct answers for either chapter 1 or chapter 2 (or both) will be eligible to win a $1000 gift certificate! This week, we’ll take a look at a question from Chapter 2, West Virginia:

3. The highest point in the state lies within this stretch of over 900,000 acres of federally-owned land.

View from the highest point you seek (photo from wikipedia)

This is a two-step clue. First, we’ll need to determine the highest point in West Virginia. The U.S. Geological Survey has a wonderful website www.usgs.gov that I highly recommend. This website is a valuable resource for any student or classroom studying geology. Once you’re on the USGS website, you will see a US map on the right and a link that says “Science In Your Backyard.” From here you can get a quick recap of state facts including the state capital, land area, population, counties, highest & lowest points, and even the geographic center.

Once you’ve determined the highest point in West Virginia, you’ll need to name the federally-owned land that this high point is located on.  For this, I recommend another wonderful government resource, the U.S. Department of Agriculture at www.usda.gov. This website is a bit busier and younger students may feel a bit lost while exploring, so let me offer some direction: on the USDA home page you will see a column on the left with a Search header. Type the name of the West Virginia highest point in this search block and click go…you should find your answer right away.

I hope you’re inspired to explore the USGS and USDA sites. What fun facts can you find about your state? Have fun exploring and good luck with TH6!

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