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EarthCache

BIG bog

A cache by walleyenerd
Hidden : 10/15/2007
In Minnesota, United States
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: not chosen (not chosen)

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Geocache Description:

The coordinates take you to a parking lot in the heart of the largest peat bog in the lower 48 states. This year-round state recreation area requires a day use or annual vehicle permit. Permits can be purchased at the parking area.

This area, and much of the northern and southern poles of the earth, was covered an ice sheet up to two miles thick. The most recent ice age was in the Pleistocene Epoch which started two million years ago and ended 10,000 years ago. This area was formed in the shallows of a very large body of meltwater.

Learn more on the main feature of the area, a mile long eco-friendly, stroller welcoming “boardwalk” that brings you up close to the patterned peatlands. There are twenty-eight info signs on the adventure that cover both the natural and human history of the area. In addition to the geology of the area, learn about woodland caribou, ditch digging, bog fires, lemmings, meat-eating plants, rare orchids, and the outstanding birding in the area.

Helpful items to bring on your visit are binoculars, a magnifying glass and mosquito repellent. Don’t rush your visit. The bog is a very special habitat that few get to visit often. While in the area, stop at the southern unit and hike the Old Marina Trail to the observation deck. There you will learn about the historic fish hatchery and some remnants of the glacial lake.

Email your answers to the following questions to walleyenerd and wait for a reply before logging your visit.

1) What is a gravel pit doing in a bog?
2) Which compass direction does the water flow and how can you tell?
3) What terms describe the water filled depressions and ridges that run perpendicular to the water flow?

For further information about the area visit these helpful sites.
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/big_bog
www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/mayjun06/fnbogwalk.html

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Guveq nafjre vf ng sne raq.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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Last Updated: on 8/31/2014 7:54:28 AM Pacific Daylight Time (2:54 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum