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Grades 6-8


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

A Day at the (Barrier) Beach: My Expedition to Sandy Hook

Which has more oxygen: ocean water that has been aerated by turbulence, or bay water that has been fed by oxygen-producing plants? This ninth-grader from New Jersey learns that getting the answer is not all that easy!


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

An Essential Mineral

At 1,292 feet (394 meters) below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth. But it's not the depth but the sea's saltiness that buoyed the imagination of this seventh-grader from New York.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Exploring a Woodlot's Ecosystem

Chances are you've heard the saying "There's no such thing as a free lunch." But did you know that it's one of fundamental laws of ecology? Explore all four with this tenth-grader from Wisconsin.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

How Do Humans and Plants Interact in Tidal Wetlands?

How is cordgrass able to survive the high salinity of a marsh when other plants can't? An amazing adaptation that lets it secrete excess salt, as this ninth-grader from Virginia discovered.


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