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Reading the Rocks in Cold Spring Harbor, New York

After 200 years and the mining of 106 million tons of iron, the Cornwall iron mine was closed. Yet, as this 10th-grader from Pennsylvania argues, the site's geologic importance is far from over.

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Makoshika Badlands Rocks

Getting lost "somewhere between North Dakota and Montana" during a family road trip led this 11th-grader from Wisconsin to a picturesque landscape, rich with geologic discoveries.

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The New Madrid Seismic Zone

For three months in the early 1800s, earthquakes shook two pioneer towns in Missouri—and permanently changed the course of the Mississippi River. Relive that time with this 12th-grader from Wisconsin.

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Living at the Pole by Paul Siple

Siple's Antarctic trips are legendary. At 10, he was selected in a nationwide Boy Scout search to travel there. Several decades later, he was part of the first group to winter over at the South Pole.

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Studying Polar Climate

Talk about the force of gravity—Antarctica's powerful katabatic winds thunder down from the high polar plateau to the coast, creating wind speeds that typically exceed 100 mph every winter month.

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Going Going Gone

Today, species are becoming extinct—disappearing from our planet—at a faster rate than ever before. What's behind this increase, and what can be done to slow or stop it? 

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