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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

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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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

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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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

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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Online Resource

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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Classroom Activity

How Does Where You Live Shape How You Live?

With access to products and information from around the world, our range of choices is seemingly endless. But how would life be different if you lived in a different time and an isolated place?

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Classroom Activity

To Rot or Not to Rot

From hot deserts to frozen tundra to underwater caves, archaeological sites can be as diverse as our planet’s environments. See why some evidence from past cultures survives over time and some doesn’t.

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Activity

Do Your Own Dig

With a few simple tools from around the house and garden, you can execute a sound archaeological dig. Level by stratigraphic level, learn how to find and analyze objects like a pro.

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