Name the state where these natural wonders are located

Natural wonders quiz
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From sea to shining sea (and beyond), the United States is home to some spectacular feats of nature – but can you match the nation's wonders with their home states? Test your geology-geography chops here.

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Crater Lake
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Where is this lake located?

Crater Lake is set in the dormant volcano, Mount Mazama, in the southern part of Oregon. At 1,943 feet, it is the deepest lake in the United States.

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Badwater Basin
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Where is this area located?

The salt flats pictured can be found in California's Death Valley's Badwater Basin and are recognized as the lowest point in the United States (282 feet below sea level). The area in general is the driest and hottest in the country; in fact, it holds the record for hottest reliably recorded temperature in the world: a scorching 134 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Mount Elbert
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Where is this mountain located?

Mount Elbert, located near the center of Colorado, is the highest peak in the Rocky Mountain Range, and at 14,433 feet, is the second-highest mountain in the contiguous United States (after Mount Whitney in California). 

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Mammoth cave
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Where is this cave with a round room located?

With more than 400 miles explored, Mammoth Cave in south central Kentucky is the world's longest known cave system. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place." 

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Monument Valley
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Where is this landscape located?

With its unique sandstone formations, Monument Valley has been the setting for more than 16 major motion films and countless commercials.

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Mauna Loa
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Where is this volcano located?

Mauna Loa ­­– on the Big Island of Hawaii – is the largest volcano in the world, as well as one of the most active. Since 1843, Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times.

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Where is this wilderness located?

The largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S., Florida’s Everglades are an important habitat for many rare and endangered species, including the manatee, American crocodile and the Florida panther. The area has been recognized as a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance.

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Sawtooth Mountains
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Where are these mountains located?

The Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho owe their distinct look to the 77 peaks that are roughly between 9,000 and 10,000 feet and another 57 peaks between 10,000 and 10,570 feet. The unusual consistency in height creates a series of even, jagged crags that live up to their name.

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Antelope canyon
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Where is this surreal formation located?

Antelope Canyon in the northern part of Arizona is home to not one, but two, incredible slot canyons that provide visitors with some of the prettiest (and strangest) scenery the country has to offer.

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1000 Islands
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Where are these islands located?

The 1,864 islands that comprise the Thousand Islands archipelago are scattered along the Saint Lawrence River, bordering both New York and Canada. (And yes, it's where the salad dressing was invented.)

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General Sherman
Where is this tree located?

This majestic giant – the General Sherman tree – in California's Sequoia National Park is the largest (by volume) tree in the world!

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Old Faithful
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Where is this scene located?

Old Faithful in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park is neither the largest nor the most regular geyser in the world, but it is one of the most regular large geysers. It erupts every 60 to 110 minutes and expels 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of boiling water, reaching heights up to 184 feet.

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Smoky Mountains
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Where are these mountains located?

In this photo, the famed ridges of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (which straddles Tennessee and North Carolina), show off the signature fog that gives them their name. This is the most visited national park in the country!

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Where is this unique flat mountain located?

With an area of around 500 square miles, Colorado's Grand Mesa is generally recognized as the largest flat-topped mountain in the world.

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Yosemite Falls
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Where is this waterfall located?

At 2,425 feet, Yosemite Falls is generally considered to be one of the world's tallest, even though it is made up of three different falls: Upper Yosemite Fall (1,430 feet, shown here), the middle cascades (675 feet), and Lower Yosemite Fall (320 feet).

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Where is this landscape located?

The famed spires, canyons and buttes of South Dakota’s Badlands National Park play home to the world's richest deposits of fossils from the Oligocene epoch; specimens include ancient three-toed horses, itty deer-like critters, turtles, a saber-toothed cat and other prehistoric creatures.

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Where is this formation located?

Jutting out of the prairie surrounding Wyoming’s Black Hills, the impressive Devils Tower (867 feet from its base to the summit) was declared the first U.S. national monument in 1906. It is an important sacred site for the Lakota, and many other tribes as well.

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Mount McKinley
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Where is this mountain located?

Mount McKinley, in Alaska's Denali National Park, is the tallest mountain in North America. With a peak rising 20,237 feet above sea level, it is the third highest of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains on each of the seven continents).

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Where is this waterfall located?

One of three waterfalls that comprise Niagara Falls along the U.S. and Canadian border, the American Falls, pictured here, fall (so to speak) entirely within New York state. 

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Grand canyon
Where is this canyon located?

We're guessing you knew that the Grand Canyon is in Arizona, but we couldn't exclude it from the list of natural wonders! Consider it a freebie.

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