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Science Grade 4
Use the information below to answer the following question.
Mount Rushmore is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The heads of four former presidentsGeorge Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincolnare carved into Mount Rushmore as a monument. The monument rises to 1,745 meters above sea level.
Mount Rushmore is granite, one of the most common rocks on Earth, and took millions of years to form. The sculptor chose to carve the monument in granite because granite erodes at a rate of about 2 centimeters every 10,000 years.
Over the next 20,000 years, Mount Rushmore will most likely
- melt because of volcanic explosions
- erode because of water and wind
- crumble because of hurricanes
- freeze because of glaciers