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Turtle Travels

Paradise Postponed

The Pan Man

Big Dish

Dust Busting

Viewer Challenge
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TEACHING GUIDES


Science in Paradise: Viewer Challenge Quiz


Watch Scientific American Frontiers Show 901: Science in Paradise, and test your knowledge by answering these questions:

TURTLE TRAVELS

1. Unlike other sea turtles, hawksbill turtles have one special feature that's especially attractive to hunters and poachers, namely their:
a. eggs.
b. meat.
c. "tortoise shells."
d. beaks.
2. How do you put a sea turtle into a deep trance?

PARADISE POSTPONED

3. When the volcano on Montserrat erupts, what is the name of the mixture of toxic hot gases, ash and rocks it releases?

4. To try to predict future eruptions, volcanologists measure the growth of this part of the volcano:
a. caldera.
b. lava flow.
c. fumarole.
d. dome.
THE PAN MAN

5. The steel pan or drum originated on the island of:
a. Tobago.
b. Trinidad.
c. St. John.
d. Bermuda.
6. Why are steel bands in Trinidad concerned about the future of the pans?

BIG DISH

7. Unlike optical telescopes that detect light given off by stars and galaxies, what do radio telescopes tune into?

8. The Arecibo Observatory tracks stars and galaxies, and also analyzes very distant raw signals in a search for:
a. pulsars.
b. intelligent life.
c. supernovas.
d. aliens/comets.
DUST BUSTING

9. Sea fans, a soft coral and an important part of reef ecology, are being devastated by a common:
a. bacteria.
b. virus
c. fungus.
d. worm.
10. How did the disease-carrying organisms get to the Caribbean?



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