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This World Heritage site is located at the most westerly point of the Australian continent. The site is known for the largest sea-grass beds in the world, its large dugong ('sea cow') population, and five other endangered mammal species.
  • ANSWER: Shark Bay, Western Australia - UNESCO World Heritage inscribed 1991 Shark Bay and the islands and land surrounding it cover about 10,000 square km. A haven for many of Australia's threatened animals, Shark Bay is also home to bottlenose dolphins, the only marine mammals in the world that use tools besides sea otters. Some of the bottlenose dolphins of Shark Bay protect their beaks with a sponge when searching for food, a learned behavior passed down from mother to daughter.
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Tasmanian Wilderness
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The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke that Thunders) are some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The falls are unique because they can be seen in their entirety from close proximity, forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Which two African countries do the Victoria Falls straddle?
  • Zimbabwe and Mozambique
  • Botswana and Zambia
  • ANSWER: Zambia and Zimbabwe - Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls, UNESCO World Heritage inscribed 1989. The falls are shared by Zambia and Zimbabwe, and each has a national park to protect the site: Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and Victoria Falls National Park, respectively. Both of the parks contain populations of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and antelope. The Zambezi River flows through the falls and is home to many species of fish.
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Many famous prisoners have been kept in this British World Heritage site. Sir Thomas More, Anne Boleyn and Sir Walter Raleigh all spent time in this structure, built in Great Britain in 1078.
  • Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church
  • ANSWER: Tower of London - UNESCO World Heritage inscribed 1988. The Tower London is actually a fortress comprised of many towers, the most famous of which is the White Tower. The White Tower stands 90 feet tall and was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror on the Thames River to defend London. Long a symbol of royalty, the tower has been used as a fortress, a palace, and a prison. The tower is the current home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
  • Durham Castle and Cathedral
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Byblos, an ancient World Heritage site in Lebanon, is considered by some to be the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. Inhabited since Neolithic times, the city was founded by the Phoenicians on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The Phoenicians are famous for contributing what important cultural advancement?
  • Iron working
  • ANSWER: The alphabet - UNESCO World Heritage inscribed 1984. There is evidence as far back as 1200 BC that a Phoenician alphabet of 22 characters existed. Phoenician merchants spread the alphabet in their travels to Northern Africa and Europe. Byblos is a major tourist attraction in Lebanon, and is featured in history and legends all over the Mediterranean region. Archaeologists have worked for years to uncover layer upon layer of successive civilizations that have inhabited Byblos.
  • Currency
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This U.S. National Park is the longest known cave system in the world! With about 360 surveyed miles of cave, this site is home to several species of bat, and other creatures such as crickets, salamanders, and fish.
  • ANSWER: Mammoth Cave National Park - UNESCO World Heritage inscribed 1981. Located in the state of Kentucky, Mammoth Cave has been known to humans for thousands of years and contains several sets of Native American remains. The longest cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave is also home to animal species that are uniquely adapted to the dark environment. For example, some species of cave fish do not grow eyes (which would be useless in the lightless water of the cave).
  • Cahokia Mounds State Historical Site
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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