• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Spruce Railroad Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Devil’s Punchbowl

    The trail will be closed for improvements from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

How Long Will Litter Last?

Decomposition is the word scientists use to describe how materials break down in nature. Can you determine how long it takes for these littered items to decompose?

Match the litter on the left with the time it can last in nature. Use the boxes on the left to write your choices. Then use the drop-down menu to check your answers.

 
Paper
Plastic-coated Paper
Plastic Bags
Plastic bottles
Plastic Six-pack Holder
Orange or Banana Peel
Aluminum Cans
Styrofoam
Tin Cans
Nylon Fabric
Cotton Shirt
Glass Bottles
Wool Socks
a. 2-4 weeks
b. 1-6 months
c. 2 years
d. 1-5 years
e. 5 years
f. 10-20 years
g. 30-40 years
h. 50 years
i. 80-100 years
j 100 years
k. 1,000,000 years
l. indefinitely
m. indefinitely

 

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Did You Know?

dam with water flowing

Removal of two dams on the Elwha River is the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the National Park System.