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THE WILD WEST: Viewer Challenge


Watch SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS Show 601, "The Wild West," and test your knowledge by answering these questions:

NASTY CRITTERS

    1. What is the purpose of the rattlesnake's rattle?

    2. What do scorpions rely on for their main source of food?

DEAD MEN'S TALES

    3. What does anthropologist P. Willey think caused the depressions in soldiers' vertebrae?

    4. Why are scientists reluctant to confirm the identification of the skeleton as that of Corporal George Lell?

ALL THAT GLITTERS

    5. What geological features are necessary for the formation of diamonds?

    6. What is similar about the process of panning for gold and "panning for" diamonds in samples of kimberlite?

LOOPING THE LOOP

    7. What characterizes the ideal roping loop?

    8. What force keeps Justin's rope from collapsing in on itself?

MODEL PLANET

    9. What does Alan Alda notice is missing from the atmosphere of Biosphere 2?

    10. Why was it necessary for Biosphere 2 to "breathe air" with its "lungs"?






 

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