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Up-Close-With-a-Zapotec-Urn

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Up Close With a Zapotec Urn

It's not easy being an artifact! There's restoration work, touring schedules, and all those people to educate. Uncover a civilization that flourished long before the Aztecs in this urn-est interview.

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Inca Investigation

It's your turn to do archaeology! As you investigate what daily life was like in the Inca empire, you have the chance to collect Inca chronicles. Do you have what it takes to collect all six?

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If Trash Could Talk

One person's trash is another person's clue. It's amazing how much you can learn about people just by examining what they throw out. Grab a thick pair of rubber gloves, and dig in! 

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Hands-on Activity

Create Your Own Time Capsule

In the future, if archaeologists were to dig up artifacts from your life, what would they find? What would these objects tell them about how you lived? Build your own time capsule, and send a tailored message to future generations.

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Map Your World

Have you ever gotten lost in a new place? Chances are you used a map to find your way. Archaeologists use maps to find their way around an excavation site—but first they have to draw them.

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Meet the Biodiversity OLogists

If protecting the world's animals and plants is one of your goals, then you need to meet these OLogists. Find out where Ismael, Keally, Marco, and Eleanor have followed their curiosity.

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Meet the Marine BiOLogists

Dive into marine biology with Gabriela, Gwyneth, Luke, and Melanie. You'll travel from the west coast of Africa to the north coast of Ireland, meeting sea birds, seals, and lots of fish.

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Science Bulletin

The Rise of Oxygen

Follow geologists as they hunt for, pickaxe, and test rock samples from the 2.5 billion year old Huronian Supergroup, a sedimentary formation in Ontario, Canada. The scientists are in search of an exact record of how much oxygen gas Earth's developing atmosphere contained at key moments in geologic time. These crustal relics, which have interacted directly with ancient atmospheres, have the power to tell scientists when and how the Earth built up its incredible life-support system to foster more and more complex organisms.

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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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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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