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Saguaro Cactus: From Life to Death

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Journey to the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona with this seventh-grader for an up-close and personal look at the saguaro cactus, which can live about 200 years and grow to be almost 80 feet tall.

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Antarctic Photo Gallery

Working in the extreme environment of Antarctica calls for supreme gear and machines—that is, unless you're naturally outfitted, like an emperor penguin or elephant seal.

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Meteorology in the Poles

It takes only about a month for any change in Antarctica's weather to be felt in North America—pretty remarkable when you consider that Antarctica is 12,874 kilometers (8,000 miles) away.

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Antarctic Weather Reports

The weather station names paint quite a picture of Antarctica—Penguin Point, Ski-Hi, and Windless Bight. Which one would you guess had the lowest temperature? And what month was it recorded in?

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Meet the OLogist: Sandra Olsen

Do you dream of a career studying horses? If so, you'll want to meet Sandra Olsen, a zooarchaeologist who has been learning about how humans domesticated wild horses.

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Horse Books

From a ride on the famed Pony Express to a pop-up guide for young equestrians, these kid-friendly titles bring to life the enduring relationship between humans and horses.

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Beautiful Breeds

Did you know that there are more than 200 breeds of horses living today? Explore amazing facts about horse breeds. Find out about their colors, body types, the different jobs they do, and where in the world they come from.

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Studying Snow and Wind in Antarctica

What's a high school chemistry teacher from Florida doing in Antarctica studying the winds? She's helping researchers understand global warming by tracking how the winds transport snow.

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Plant Morphology

From leaf margin and arrangement to the parts of a flower and a corn seedling, take an illustrated look at plant morphology with this collection of guides.

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