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Chapter 6 - Using Earth's Resources

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Unit C - Earth and Its Resources

Chapter 6 - Using Earth's Resources

What things used by people come from Earth?

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Nature Explorations

No matter what the weather or season, you can explore nature with these 11 challenges. See just how good your observation skills are by comparing butterflies, leaves, reptiles, fish, and more. Then record your own observations in a field journal.

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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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Meet the Earth OLogists

Do you dig the Earth? If so, you'll want to meet Arjun, Diana, Ruthmabel, and Ed. From volcanoes to deep sea vents, find out where these OLogists' interests have taken them.

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Jade

Jade has been used by people around the world for thousands of years—first to make tools, later to create precious works of art. Take a peek into mineralogist George Harlow's scrapbook to see why he thinks this rock is so special.

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Hands-on Activity

Start a Rock Collection

Why collect rocks? Because every rock has a story to tell about how Earth, and life on it, has changed over time. Learn how to create a collection that rocks!

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Hands-on Activity

Grow Rock Candy

No matter where you find mineral salt—on your table or at the beach—you'll see its unique cube-shaped crystals. Take a sweet look at the crystal patterns and compositions of minerals.

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The Amazing Mundo

Mundo Shamundo! With the help of these magic words, the Amazing Mundo can literally reverse the sands of time. Watch him transform worldly objects ... back into rocks in this fun comic strip.

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Layers of Time

How do your fossil-sorting skills stack up? Put them to the test with this kid-friendly online puzzle.

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Bio-Benefits

Can you imagine living on a planet without biodiversity? What in the world would you wear—or eat? See how biodiversity gives us many of life's necessities. 

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Online Resource

Living with Biodiversity Series

By: Center for Biodiversity and Conservation — A series of pamphlets published in conjunction with the CBC's fall 1998 public presentations focusing on the effect of individuals' daily decisions and lifestyle choices on biodiversity conservation.

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