By Torrance Grey on March 28, 2018
Perhaps you think you know a lot about the history of North America: the Mexican War for independence, the French fur traders who explored the northern woods of Canada, the English colonists who left everything behind to start a new life on the other side of the globe. But all that is recent history, put in perspective. North America is a continent 700 million years in the making. It has a geologic history that precedes homo sapiens altogether, even the earliest peoples who crossed the land bridge from Asia.
Why is geological history important? Because when you think about it, nearly every outdoor landmark you've enjoyed as a traveler -- the lakes you've swum in or mountains you've climbed or skied -- are the result of geologic processes. From Mt. Denali to the Grand Canyon to Niagara Falls, the continent's most fantastic tourist destinations are the result of dynamic processes deep in the earth. That's not to mention the mineral resources that keep life on the surface going, like Canada's vast oil supplies or the gold in Western mines.
How much do you know about how geology has shaped the North American landscape? We'll help you find out with a 35-question quiz on the mountains, lakes, calderas and other natural phenomena that make North America what it is today!