• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Work Scheduled for East Beach Road at Lake Crescent Starting July 10

    East Beach Road will be reduced to one-lane of traffic through work zones and delays of up to 15 minutes should be expected. Work will occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. through mid-July, weather permitting.

  • 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 for three weeks beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

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?

Mossy trees in the Hoh Rainforest

...that one criterion for the determination of a temperate rain forest is that the amount of moss and other epiphytes exceeds the weight of all the foliage (leaves and needles) per acre by at least two times.