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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Turtle Basking in New York City

With so many rocks to choose from, why were the turtles sticking to this group of three, some piling on top of one another? Follow along as this ninth-grader from New York investigates basking behavior.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Pillbugs: Little Creatures in My Backyard

This junior from Kansas found a swarm of "roly-polies" wreaking havoc in her family's garden. Learn about her successful search for peaceful cohabitation.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Deformed Frogs: The Big Mystery

Frogs with a single hind leg were not the most surprising discovery this seventh-grader from New York made. Read what he learned about the nationwide increase in frog deformities.

Figure 10: Brrr! It was cold in th cave! Note the crevices in the sides and the fallen boulders

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

My Expedition to the Lava River Cave

To gain a better understanding of volcanoes, this eighth-grader from Arizona decided to go spelunking. Take her tour of the Lava River Cave, formed by a volcanic eruption 675,000 years ago.

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Equation Invasion

Take a look a look at the world's most famous equation about the relationship between energy and mass.

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Train of Thought

Take your imagination on a wonderful, mind-bending trip with these "thought experiments" worthy of Einstein himself. With this train, it truly is all about the journey.

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