October 22, 2017
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Dripial Pursuit – Test Your Knowledge

1. What bay is the largest tidal habitat in Maine?
2. If you are a limnologist, what do you study?
3. Sandy beaches comprise what percentage of Maine’s coastline?
4. Mussels, clams, scallops, and oysters require the flow of water and mud to capture their food. They are called what type of feeder?
5. Name an anadromous fish that lives in Maine waters.
6. How many miles of coastline are in Maine?
7. What percentage of Maine’s area is designated as wetlands?
8. When settlers first came to Maine they realized it was a perfect place for boatbuilding. Name one reason why.
9. What is the biggest dam in Maine?
10. How many lakes are there in Maine?
11. How many miles of rivers and streams are in Maine?
12. On average, how many inches of precipitation fall on Maine in a year?
13. What human activity is the biggest user of water in the world?
14. About how much water should a person consume per day to maintain health?
15. Half of the U.S. population lives within how many miles of coastal waters, including the Great Lakes?
16. How many gallons of water does it take, from start to finish, to make a hamburger, fries, and a soft drink?
17. What percentage of the world’s water is found in glaciers?
18. Where is the rainiest place in the world?
19. What fraction of a living tree is water?
20. The boundary between the unsaturated and saturated zones in soil or rock is called the_?
21. What are three of the four longest rivers in Maine?
22. Name one water-related God or Goddess from a myth.
23. How many trillion gallons of water falls on the Earth every day?
24. Phosphorus pollution is a major concern for Maine lakes. Name two sources of phosphorus.
25. How many billion gallons of ground and surface water does the United States use each day?
26. What percentage of an adult human’s body is water?
27. This river’s watershed contains Maine’s second largest lake which holds the record for the largest landlocked salmon caught in the state. This river’s watershed is just over 610 square miles and is also referred to as the Casco Bay Watershed. What is the name of this river?
28. What place on earth has the greatest tidal range? (the difference between high and low tides).
29. What country has the longest coastline?
30. Where is the longest coral reef?
31. What is the name of the deepest lake in the world?
32. Approximately how much has the sea level risen on the Maine coast in the last 100 years?
33. What are smaller streams, which flow into a larger stream called?
34. Name two of the four states that are the largest users of water.
35. A river current flowing opposite of the main current is called what?
36. The beginning of a river is known as what?
37. About what percent of Maine’s population gets its drinking water from groundwater?
38. What percentage of Maine’s electrical energy is produced from hydroelectric power?
39. Name one of the four cloud groups.
40. What is the name for a fertile area where salt water and freshwater mix?
41. What was the first city to chlorinate its drinking water?
42. What is the estimated percentage of people globally without access to a safe water supply and modern sanitary facilities, 5%, 10%, 21%, or 33%?
43. Name one thing that can cause longterm apparent sea level rise.


Dripal Pursuit Answers
1. Merrymeeting Bay (Kennebec and Androscoggin Rivers)
2. Lakes
3. 1%
4. Filter-feeder
5. Anadromous fish migrate upriver to spawn. Examples are Atlantic Salmon, Shad, Alewife, Lamprey eel
6. About 3,000
7. 25% (including coastal and inland marshes, bogs, dunes, forest and shrub wetlands)
8. The rivers were deep. The rivers had banks, perfectly pitched to build and launch boats. Initially there was a tremendous source of lumber upriver that could be felled and floated down to the boatyards.
9. Wyman Dam in Bingham on the Kennebec River
10. 5,785
11. 31,672 miles
12. 42 inches
13. Irrigation for agriculture
14. 8-8 oz glasses (or 8 cups)
15. 50 miles
16. 1,500 gallons
17. 2%
18. Hawaii
19. About 75%
20. Water table
21. St. John, Penobscot, Androscoggin, and Kennebec
22. Neptune, Poseidon, Athena, Amphitrite, Calypso, Acheron, Triton, Oceanus, Ganges
23. 4 trillion
24. Eroded soil, fertilizer, septic systems, manure
25. 408 billion gallons
26. 50-66% (women are closer to 50%, men 60-66%)
27. The Presumpscot River.
28. The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada. (At times during the year the difference between high and low tides can be as much as 53 feet.)
29. Canada. (Its coastline is 56,453 miles long.)
30. The Great Barrier Reef is off the northeastern coast of Australia, and measures about 1200 miles long.
31. Lake Baikal in Russia, it has a maximum depth of 5,315 feet.
32. One foot.
33. Forks, tributaries, or branches
34. California, Texas, New York, or Florida
35. An eddy
36. Source or headwater
37. About 60%
38. About 21%
39. Stratus, cumulus, cirrus, nimbus
40. Estuary
41. Jersey City, New Jersey
42. 33%
43. Sinking land, melting ice caps, thermal expansion of ocean water as it heats up (storm surges, tsunamis, tidal effects are all short term)


A little water humor…

If you drop a white hat into the Red Sea, what does it become?


Why didn’t the lobster share his toys?
He was too shellfish.

What part of a fish weighs the most?
The scales.

What do you call a fish with no eye?
A fsh.

Why do seagulls fly over the sea?
Because if they flew over the bay they would be Bagels!

How does the ocean say hello to the sand?
It waves.

Where can you find an ocean without water?
On a map.

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