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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

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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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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Around the World with DNA

Travel around the world with museum scientists. First stop Madagascar, where you'll meet a species of whales with fingerprint-like tails and primates that use their teeth to groom each other.

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All About Cloning

After singing a song about a cloned sheep to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," kids investigate the how and why of cloning. This Web page helps kids understand cloning and explains some of the ethical issues involved.

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The Quest for the Perfect Tomato

The next time you eat a tomato, ask yourself: What would it taste like if there were a bit of flounder in it? Learn how scientists are using genetics to change the food you eat.

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Imagine It's the Year 2020

Would you clone your dog if you could? Do you have the right to know that you're eating cloned chicken? Step into the future for a look at the questions you may one day have to answer.

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