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Scream machines: where to find America's roller coasters.

Americans didn't invent the roller coaster. That honor goes to the Russians who slid down steep wooden slides covered with ice in the 1780s. But die U.S. is where the sort of scream machines we know about first got rolling.

In eastern Pennsylvania, thrill-seekers were drawn to a nine-mile railway built in 1827. Coal-filled carts, propelled by the force of gravity, careened down a track from mountaintop moun·tain·top  
n.
The summit of a mountain.
 mines to a loading dock below, but mine operators let people ride after-hours for a fee.

Today, the U.S. has more roller coasters--about 650--than any other country. (In second place is China, with almost 500.) To find out where they are, study this map. It's divided into the four main regions defined by the U.S. Census Bureau Noun 1. Census Bureau - the bureau of the Commerce Department responsible for taking the census; provides demographic information and analyses about the population of the United States
Bureau of the Census
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QUESTIONS Write your answers on a separate sheet of paper

1. Which state has the most roller coasters?

2. Which region has the most roller coasters?

3. How many states have no roller coasters?

4. Which state had the first "unofficial" roller coaster?

5. Which region has the fewest states?

6. How many states in that region have more than 40 roller coasters?

7. Which of the four regions have at least one roller coaster in every state?

8. Which regions have at least two states in the 26-to-75 category?

9. How many regions have states with more than 75 roller coasters?

10. Why do you suppose the U.S. has more roller coasters than any other country?

Answers

1. California (79)

2. South (198)

3. six: Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming, Vermont, Rhode Island Rhode Island, island, United States
Rhode Island, island, 15 mi (24 km) long and 5 mi (8 km) wide, S R.I., at the entrance to Narragansett Bay. It is the largest island in the state, with steep cliffs and excellent beaches.
, and Delaware

4. Pennsylvania (the coal carts)

5. Northeast (nine)

6. three (New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
, Pennsylvania, New Jersey)

7. Midwest

8. Northeast and South

9. one (West)

10. Answers will vary.
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Title Annotation:GEOSKILLS
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Date:Jan 30, 2012
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