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Chapter 5 - Land and Water

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Unit C - Our Earth

  • Chapter 5 - Land and Water

How can we describe Earth's land and water?

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What's the Big Idea About Earth?

From slow creeping continents to ground-splitting quakes, the Earth is constantly changing. Take a peek at our planet's layers, learn what secrets rocks reveal, and gain a long view of history.

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Edible Earth

Want to take a close look at the layers that make up our solid Earth? Cook up a model that's good enough to eat—from the spice drop inner core to the thin chocolate crust.

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Hands-on Activity

Test Density with a Supersaturated Solution

You know that oil and water don't mix, but what about saltwater and freshwater? Find out firsthand with this kid-friendly experiment that examines both salinity and density. 

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What Do You Know About Earth?

How well grounded is your knowledge of our planet? Test your Earth science knowledge with this interactive quiz. Then, examine your faults—and the rights answers.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The New Madrid Seismic Zone

For three months in the early 1800s, earthquakes shook two pioneer towns in Missouri—and permanently changed the course of the Mississippi River. Relive that time with this 12th-grader from Wisconsin.

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Water: H2O = Life

Every language has a word for water; no living thing exists without water. It soothes the spirit and sustains the body; its beauty inspires art and music.

November 1, 2007 - May 26, 2008

Hall of PLanet Earth Educator's Guide

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Hall of Planet Earth for educators

With 168 rock specimens that come from nearly all corners of the globe, the hall is a rich resource for exploring our planet's geologic history. Figure out how to best customize your classroom visit with this practical and printable exhibit guide.

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