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Grades 9-12

Southern Redback Vole

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Aspen: A Keystone Species

By keeping a nature journal, this 16-year-old from Colorado quickly saw how aspens support and sustain biodiversity. Learn more about the most widely distributed tree species in North America.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Biodiversity in Arizona

It can seem that the desert ecosystem is devoid of much life. But this Arizona teen found biodiversity just by turning over a few ironwood tree trunks she found in the sand.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Genetics: An Increasingly Important Field of Science

The work of Gregor Mendel—today known as the "Father of Genetics"—was disregarded by his fellow scientists. Learn how it was rediscovered decades later in this winning essay by a California teen.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Fiddler on the Marsh

Fiddler crabs never stray far from their burrow. That's why they will do anything to avoid getting caught and measured, as this ninth-grader from Virginia found out.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Big Chill: Calming Signals Among Wolves

Wolves have long been the favorite animal of this eighth-grader from Illinois. Learn how she turned her interest into an insightful experiment about how wolves calm and comfort each other.

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Antarctic Photo Gallery

Working in the extreme environment of Antarctica calls for supreme gear and machines—that is, unless you're naturally outfitted, like an emperor penguin or elephant seal.

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Meteorology in the Poles

It takes only about a month for any change in Antarctica's weather to be felt in North America—pretty remarkable when you consider that Antarctica is 12,874 kilometers (8,000 miles) away.

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Antarctic Weather Reports

The weather station names paint quite a picture of Antarctica—Penguin Point, Ski-Hi, and Windless Bight. Which one would you guess had the lowest temperature? And what month was it recorded in?

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