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airpollution

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Tillandsia usneoides: An Indicator to Air Pollution

The observation that Spanish moss, an important part of the Southern United States’ ecosystem, is declining set this young naturalist on a path to find out why — and if that decline is related to air pollution.

toxic_algae

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Toxic Algae: A Threat to Florida Waters?

The headline in a local newspaper — "Health Menace Lurks in Lakes" — spurred this young naturalist to find out if the lake she lives on had "killer algae."

waterworks

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Waterworks: A Purification Process

Would it be possible to make contaminated water safe to drink using something as universal and inexpensive as the sun's ultraviolet rays and simple plastic bottles? Find out what this young naturalist discovered when she set out to answer that question. 

Jacob

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Irrigation or Evaporation?

This young naturalist set out to determine if irrigation or evaporation played a bigger role in dropping water levels in his neighborhood lake.

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