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Grades 6-8



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.




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.



Plates on the Move

A volcanic eruption that could be felt across an ocean, an earthquake that sparked landslides, massive tsunamis, and a volcanic eruption ... Examine the world-changing results of plates on the move.



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.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Pantano Wash: Investigating an Ecosystem

How do the many trees and shrubs that live at the bottom of dry riverbeds survive flash floods? Investigate the answer with this 7th-grader from Arizona as he monitors a neighborhood wash.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Dance of the Moons

Find out how this 10th-grader from Oregon was able to take the back-and-forth motion he observed in Jupiter's moons and use it to figure out their circular motions.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Got Cats? Get Worms!

Meet a 12th-grader from Louisiana who's seeking an environmentally friendly solution to animal waste. His motivation? Ten family cats and the four smelly litter pans he's charged with cleaning!


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