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Missouri Resources - Spring 2015 Feature Stories
“This morning…I discover’d a Cave…I think it one of the most remarkable Caves I ever saw in my travels.” Journal: Joseph Whitehouse, Lewis and Clark Expedition, May 28, 2804. Missouri is not only known as the Show-Me State but also as the Cave State. The impact water has on the landscape is evident all around us. Missouri residents and visitors can more than scratch the surface by exploring an underground world made possible by water. Learn more about caves in Missouri, how they are formed, their uses, and the cave life living within them on the department’s website at http://dnr.mo.gov/env/wrc/caves.htm or by reading the department’s Geologic Column of Missouri at http://dnr.mo.gov/geology/docs/gcwinter8.pdf.
There are nearly 190 caves in Missouri state parks. Water has played a principle role in forming every one of them. Missouri state parks showcase four of the best for public tours, which include: Onondaga Cave and Cathedral Cave at Onondaga Cave State Park, Fisher Cave at Meramec State Park and Ozark Caverns at Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Drop into a world of wonder: towering stalagmites, dripping stalactites, and active flowstones that illustrate this underground museum created by water. Learn more about cave tours within Missouri State Parks by visiting http://mostateparks.com/activity/cave-tours.
A Missouri Treasure - The Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology
Plan a visit to the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology in Rolla and learn more about Missouri’s minerals, rocks, fossils, mammoth tusks, maps and more! Children and adults often bring rocks and other items to our museum and ask for a geologist who can examine and properly identify them.The department encourages visitors to stop by so we can help. The museum is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to plan ahead and print the Rock and Mineral Set booklet from the Department of Natural Resources’ website and bringing it with you when you explore the museum. Learn more about the museum at http://dnr.mo.gov/geology/edclarkmuseum.htm.
But Not Least – Healthy Water Contributes to a Health Economy
Our Missouri Waters support a vibrant economy and our citizens’ health and lifestyles. The quality and quantity of water in a watershed truly affects the quality of life in that watershed. Learn more about what a watershed is, what the benefits of a healthy watershed are and how you can help protect and improve the health of your watershed and the economy in your communities by visiting the department’s website at http://dnr.mo.gov/omwi/OMWWatersheds.htm.
Where does it flow? Modeling a Watershed
Build a watershed model and explore the flow of water over the model. Students will modify the watershed model to simulate the effect of wetlands and groundwater and observe the effect of pollutants within the model watershed. These observations are then translated to your local watershed. Download the lesson plan at http://dnr.mo.gov/education/docs/where_does_it_flow.pdf.
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