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America – The Making Of A Nation :: From Sea To Shining Sea

When the first settlers arrived from Europe, they settled on the East Coast of America because it reminded them of home. But, if they thought everything in this new land would be familiar, they were very wrong. Once the new Americans had their independence, they set out to explore their great new land, and discovered natural wonders never seen in the Old World. Here are a few of those amazing sites.

The State of Alaska

The largest state in America (twice the size of Texas), Alaska covers a wide range of landscapes, from tundra roamed by caribou to snow-capped mountains inside the Arctic Circle.

The State of Hawaii

The gorgeous Hawaiian islands are volcanic. The group of eight main islands, plus many other smaller ones, stretch a total distance of 1,500 miles.

Old Faithful (WY)

This natural geyser in Wyoming’s Yellowstone Park sends a gush of scalding water up to 184 feet into the air every 90 minutes or so.

Death Valley (CA, NV)

140 miles long, this valley is the lowest, hottest and driest place in North America. The temperature at Furnace Creek once reached 134 F (almost 57 C) – the second-highest temperature ever recorded on Earth, next to 136 F (58 C) in Libya. The valley was named by some settlers who got lost in it while they were exploring in 1849. In fact, one of them died in the valley.

Bryce Canyon (UT)

The rock spires in this area of southwest Utah are called “hoodoos.” They’ve been worn away by millions of years of water and wind. The result are these breathtaking orange, white and red rock foundations.

Grand Canyon (AZ)

Over 270 miles long, up to 18 miles across and a mile deep, the Grand Canyon definitely deserves the title of world’s largest gorge. The oldest rocks in the canyon date back 2 BILLION years! Approximately 5 million people come to visit the canyon each year – and hundreds of hikers among those need to be rescued annually.

Rocky Mountains

The majestic Rockies stretch more than 3,000 miles, all the way up north to Canada and through nine different American states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The highest peak among these mountains belongs to Mt. Elbert, Colorado, at 14,440 feet (Mt. Everest – the highest in the world – measures in at 29,035 feet).

Mississippi River

This monster of a river is 2,350 miles long – the fourth-longest in the world, following (No. 1) the Nile at 4,135 miles, the Amazon River at 3,980 miles, and the Yangtze at 3,917 miles. The great river rushes through a total of 10 different American states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana and, finally, Mississippi. The Mississippi’s width varies from 20 feet to four miles wide. And here’s a little-known fact: waterskiing was invented on the Mississippi.

Okefenokee

This 7,000-year-old swamp covers 700 square miles in the states of Georgia and Florida. The murky water – stained a dark color by tannins, a type of plant acid – separates unstable islands of dark peat. Its name comes from a Choctaw Indian word, which means “land of the tembling earth.”

Niagara Falls (Ontario, Canada, NY)

The famous waterfalls of the Niagara River straddle the international border between Canada and America. The falls were formed when glaciers receded at the end of the last ice age, and water from the newly formed Great Lakes carved a path through the land on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. The falls’ drop ranges from 173 feet to 100 feet. Not only beautiful, the falls are an important source of hydroelectric power.

In October of 1829, Sam Patch, who called himself the Yankee Leapster, jumped from a high tower into a gorge below the falls and survived. In 1901, a 63-year-old school teacher named Annie Edson was the first person to go over the falls in a barrel. She too survived, though she warned that no one should ever try the stunt again. People didn’t listen; since her ride, 14 others have intentionally gone over the falls, even though it’s illegal.

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Section Eight (the final installment. Thank you guys for your constant support! I know this didn't take long to write, but only because I've had such fun with it!) A week passed. Kishinuma was still mourning over the loss of Ayumi... He spent most of his time alone. He wasn't going to school or work, and he wasn't allowing visitors... Not even his dear younger sister. Late at night, he would cry and scream. "S-Shinozaki... I... I should've told you..." And then he would pause. "...How much you meant to me..." It was going to take a while for him to get himself back together. However, if there was anything Satoshi Mochida knew, it was that his best friend WOULD get back to it. Mayu confronted him one day, and he just offered a small smile. "No need to worry about Yoshiki. He's a strong guy. It'll take time, but I know he'll be just fine." As for what they did with the body... Morishige got a hold of her family and asked what he should do. "Oh... Cremation? I suppose I can handle that..." He did as he was told and burned the corpse. It oddly didn't faze him. "How strange... Seeing the corpse of someone I knew... And I'm not bothered at all." He decided to shrug it off. He had something else to do now. Morishige made his way to a regular park bench. This is where he had been told to wait. "Mayu... She's running late. That's unlike her..." Regardless, he remained calm and waited patiently for Mayu to arrive. She did within half an hour. "Sorry I'm late, Shig! I had some issues with traffic! There are more people around here than normal." He couldn't help but smile. "It's alright. You made it, and that's all that matters." She returned the smile and clinged onto his arm. She couldn't help it... It was a habit. "So... Shig... What did you want to talk about?" His gaze was at the sky when he began speaking. "...I just wanted to thank you." "Huh? What for?" "Last week... You literally saved me life. If you hadn't followed me, I would've died for sure. And... That means a lot to me... And it means even more that it was you..." "...What do you mean by that?" "...I wasn't frightened or anything... Just lonely. Uh..." "Oooo, whaaaaat?" He felt his face get red again. "...I was just... Uhhh... Ahhh..." "Hehe, it's okay, Shig! I know what you're thinking... Don't worry, though. I know how you feel!" "...Y-you do?" "Yeah... Because the reason I came after you is the exact same thing! I was thinking about you the entire time... And I wanted to save you for a change... I had this feeling in my gut... That you were in danger... So I trusted it." "...O-oh... W-well... I'm really glad you did, Mayu. Thanks..." "You're we--" Before she could finish, she was interrupted by a tingling sensation. What was happening...? Her eyes focused again and she noticed Morishige, and how he was a lot closer than normal... Oh. She figured it out quickly. His lips were against hers, and her face got warm. She then returned it, and it only lasted a few more seconds. But she enjoyed it. He pulled away, and his face was redder than ever before. She couldn't help but laugh. "Shig, your face is really red!" "...Gah...! I'm sorry...!" "What's there to be sorry about? Are you assuming I hated it?" "Um... Y-yes..." "Hehe, well... You're wrong this time!" "...Heh." After that, they didn't really say anything. They just sat on the bench for a long while... and this time, he grabbed a hold of her arm, too. Meanwhile, Kizami bled so badly from Mayu's punches that he died. Satoshi continued to try to cheer Yoshiki up, until it eventually worked. Ms. Yui continued doing her job as normal, but she felt like there was a hole in her heart without a student... Seiko silently grieved. But she had Naomi to keep her company, and that's all she could really ask for. The end. (I guess this turned out being a mix of Mayushige and Ayushiki fanfiction. Let's just say my plans totally changed since I started, but I don't regret it! Once again, thank you and I hope you liked it!)
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