Grades 6-8

The Effect of Oil and Its Dispersants on the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica

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The Effect of Oil and Its Dispersants on the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 was devastating to the ecology of the Gulf. Not only did the oil significantly threaten the survival of most aquatic species in the area surrounding the spill, it also spurred potentially destructive relief efforts. These efforts included the use of dispersants with potentially unforeseen effects.

Pumpkin Purifier: Removal of Toxic Metals from Water Using Curcurbita Agricultural Waste

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Pumpkin Purifier: Removal of Toxic Metals from Water Using Curcurbita Agricultural Waste

Because heavy metals enter water through many sources, scientists are motivated to develop purification and extraction methods. Some of these techniques have been successful, but at great cost or with detrimental effects to the environment. The purpose of this experiment was to determine if the agricultural by-product Curcurbita (pumpkin) could be used to remove metal ions from an aqueous solution. 

The Prevalence of Ophryocystis elektroscirrha Infections in the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus): A Study of the Protozoan Parasite in a Wild Po...

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The Prevalence of Ophryocystis elektroscirrha Infections in the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus): A Study of the Protozoan Parasite in a Wild Po...

High in the eucalyptus trees in coastal southern California, a cluster of migrating monarch butterflies formed huddled masses, as if to brave the chill. I could appreciate their need for warmth as my own wind-chilled fingers refused to move, making the delicate task of handling one of the netted butterflies even more challenging. 

Comparison of a Parrotlet’s Seed Preference

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Comparison of a Parrotlet’s Seed Preference

A visit to her best friend's house inspired this young naturalist to learn more about parrotlets and to design an experiment to determine their favorite seeds. See her findings.

North American Mammals Coloring Book

North American Mammals Coloring Book

More than 500 mammal species live in North America today. Travel from Alaska to Mexico to find out how six different species survive in their habitats. Then bring them to life with this coloring book.

Great White South by Herbert G. Ponting

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Great White South by Herbert G. Ponting

Ponting is one of the best photographers to have documented Antarctica. He was also a fine travel writer. Read an excerpt from his account of traveling with Robert Falcon Scott on his last expedition.

Crevasses by Edmund Hillary

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Crevasses by Edmund Hillary

Along with being one of the first two men to scale Everest, Hillary also was a noted Antarctic explorer. Experience a trek across a band of crevasses near the South Pole with his firsthand account.

Excerpt: The Last March by Robert Falcon Scott

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Excerpt: The Last March by Robert Falcon Scott

In November 1911, Robert Falcon Scott set out for the South Pole, hoping to be first. After the disappointment of coming in second, Scott tried to return to his ship. Read excerpts from his diary.

The Voyage of the James Caird

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The Voyage of the James Caird

Just one day away from Antarctica, Shackleton's ship was crushed and destroyed. Yet his ingenuity and bravery helped save the crew. Read about his 800-mile voyage in a lifeboat to go find help.

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