Week of April 8, 2012
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We finally got a call last night from Louie. He left us a voicemail telling us to meet him at the capital of the state of Utah on Saturday at noon. He left us the name of the restaurant where we are to meet (inside the hotel), and his room number. Holy Idaho! We just arrived in the capital of Utah. Do you know what city is the capital? It is also the most populated city in the entire state of Utah. Take a look at the map and try to figure out where we are.
Map of Utah
Have you ever heard of Salt Lake City? Salt Lake City’s map coordinates are 40°45?N 111°53?W. The city is about 1100 square miles. The average elevation of the city is above 4,000 feet about sea level. The city has a beautiful salt lake: the Great Salt Lake. Have you ever heard of that lake? The Great Salt Lake is separated from Salt Lake City by both mudflats and marchlands .
Another interesting fact about this area is that it is laid out on a grid plan . This means that most major streets run east-west or north-south. Addresses within this grid plan are all coordinates (very similar to longitude and latitude . We will see if we can find a map that shows you the grid plan layout. Are the streets where you live on a grid layout?
The climate in this city is characterized as a steppe climate . They experience four seasons. Summer and winter are both long. The summers are hot and dry. The winters typically experience snow. Spring experiences the most rain. Salt Lake City receives about 16 inches of precipitation every year. Most snow is lake-effect snow. Do you remember what that is?
Grid Map of Utah
Holy Idaho! Well today is the BIG day – finally time to meet Louie! We have to be at the hotel in about an hour. Uncle GT has flown here to meet us, and finally talk to Louie. We are taking a short trip to the Great Salt Lake now, before we head to the hotel. We will take pictures, don’t worry. We have attached a map to this blog entry. Check out the map and try to figure out what all other states border the state of Utah.
Map of Utah (and surrounding states)
Holy Idaho! What a day! We arrived at the hotel about 10 minutes before we were supposed to be there. We waited in the restaurant and just got some water and tortilla chips. After we waited (and waited) for nearly an hour, we got an email from Louie.
Email from Louie:
Email to Louie:
Tell Geo and Meri what to do:
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