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Aspen Island

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - "Some plants don't seem to notice the change in weather, but others, like the aspen, have a new outfit for each season," writes this 10th-grader from New Mexico in her winning Young Naturalist essay.

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Worms in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Did you know that earthworms migrate during the winter? Find out where they go—and other fascinating details—as this eighth-grader from New York examines their underground world.

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Oscawana: A Dying Lake?

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Oscawana has all the symptoms of a dying lake. Join this seventh-grader from New York as she hunts for the culprits—and examines what can be done to restore the lake.

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Exploring the Mystique of the Mushroom

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - This 12th-grader from Michigan had never seen a single mushroom growing in her yard ... so she was astonished to discover more than 14 different types. Were they new, or had she overlooked them?

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Photographing Weddell Seals from Below the Ice

Weddell seals spend about 90% of their time submerged, making them a tricky animal to study. Before Davis developed a special camera, scientists could only speculate about the seals' lives below the ice.

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Profile: Harold C. Urey

This Nobel Prize–winning chemist contributed to several scientific fields. His remarkable body of work spanned chemistry, geochemistry, lunar science, and astrochemistry.

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Curriculum Materials

Building a Cloud Chamber (Cosmic Ray Detector)

Wouldn't it be cool if you could create a rain cloud? Or call cosmic rays into view? Well, you can do both! All you need is an aquarium, a slide projector, dry ice, and a few other easy-to-get supplies.

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Classroom Activity

Make a Scale Drawing

It’s time to excavate the contents of your desk—that is, after you first create a scale drawing of the site. Explore how precise mapping helps archaeologists keep track of their finds.

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