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PacSci-Doku: “National Park? Not”

By Dennis Schatz – Senior Advisor

Do you Sudoku? It’s one of the hottest number games around! Well, here’s a twist we think you’ll love. We call it PacSci-Doku. Can you guess why? Here’s how it works. Instead of filling in the blanks with numbers, we use letters. Hidden in one of the columns or rows is the answer to a science question. You’ll find information about the answer on the answer tab below.

The question in this edition is:

Which one of the first National Parks is no longer a National Park?

To find the answer, complete this PacSci-Doku using the following nine letters:

A  a  I  C  c  M  N  K  T

PacSci-Doku: National Park? Not

Puzzle Difficulty: Hard

The Answer

PacSci-Doku: National Park? Not

The question in this edition is:

Which one of the first National Parks is no longer a National Park?

The answer: Mackinac

While the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, the first national park, Yellowstone, was designated by President Ulysses S. Grant 144 years ago on March 1 1872. In 1875, Mackinac National Park was designated a national park. Pronounced MACK-i-naw, it is a small island between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. It took another five years, in 1890, for Yosemite to be added to the list as the third national park. The notoriety of Mackinac as the second national park has been lost in history when it was returned to Michigan in 1895 to became a state park. Today, most people erroneously think of Yosemite as the second national park. Learn more about Mackinac National Park, the first of 26 national parks to be transferred out of the national park system.