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Science Road Trip

All aboard for the [email protected] Science Road Trip! 


The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) presents the [email protected] Science Road Trip! The Science Road Trip is an Earth science-based virtual tour of the United States using resources from [email protected] On the Science Road Trip we are exploring each region of the US, to create a geological road map of the place where you live.


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Meet Gilbert D. Snail


With a degree from Cornell University, and years of foot-on-the-ground experience, our trusted field scientist, Professor Gilbert D. Snail, will guide us state-by-state on the Science Road Trip. Professor Gilbert D. Snail will be your guide to the Earth science for the state where you live using free resources available on [email protected]


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Cool destinations, trivia, & more!


Each week Gilbert will share his discoveries in each state he travels to on social media, including must-see destinations for science road trippers, earth science trivia for each state, and more! Stay tuned each week to see if Gilbert visits your home state!


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Ready to hit the road? Follow along on social media!


Follow along on social media each week to see where Gilbert visits! Updates will also be posted below each week. Ready, set, road trip!





Trivia Answers


Southeast U.S.


Mississippi


Mississippi's state rock is not a rock at all! This petrified, organic object was once able to grow over 50ft tall!

Can you guess what it is?

Mississippi's state rock is petrified wood!

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Alabama


Alabama's state fossil is
Basilosaurus cetoides.

What kind of ancient creature was this?

Basilosaurus was an ancient whale!

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Florida


Despite having an incredible Cenozoic fossil record, Florida does not have an official state fossil!
What do you think it should be?

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Georgia


Georgia's state mineral is a crystal sometimes used as a good luck charm, and is also known as "fairy stone."
Can you guess what it is?

It's Staurolite!

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South Carolina


South Carolina doesn't have a state mineral.
What do you think it should be?

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North Carolina


North Carolina's state fossil, the famous "Megalodon" shark, was estimated to be how many times larger in length than the modern great white shark?

The Megalodon was estimated to be about 3x longer!

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Tennessee


Tennessee's state rock is also the name of the town where Davy Crockett was born.
Can you guess what it is?

Limestone!

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Kentucky


Kentucky's state gem is formed when a sand grain makes its way inside the body of a bivalve mollusk.
Can you guess what it is?

A Freshwater Pearl!

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West Virginia


The state fossil of West Virginia is Megalonyx jeffersonii.
What kind of extinct animal was this?

Megalonyx jeffersonii was a giant ground sloth that lived during the Pleistocene epoch!

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Virginia


What is the state fossil of Virginia?
Hint: It was named for Thomas Jefferson

Chesapecten jeffersonius, an extinct species of fossil scallop!

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    Postcards from Gilbert



    Science Road Trip Photo Submissions



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    Do you have photos from one of Gilbert's destinations? 


    Email your photos to Gilbert and they might be featured on [email protected]!


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    Gilbert D. Snail's live TV debut!


    Watch Gilbert's TV debut on the Weather Channel morning show with Stephanie Abrams & Jordan Steele!