• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Hurricane Ridge Road Closed to Vehicles Sunday 8/3 (6:00a - noon)

    Due to the "Ride the Hurricane" bicycle event, the road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed above the Heart o' the Hills entrance station from 6:00a to noon on Sunday August 3rd.

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?

belted-kingfisher1

The Belted Kingfisher will hover in place directly over a river, lake, or pond, watching for fish before diving to catch them.