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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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Studying Snow and Wind in Antarctica

What's a high school chemistry teacher from Florida doing in Antarctica studying the winds? She's helping researchers understand global warming by tracking how the winds transport snow.

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Plant Morphology

From leaf margin and arrangement to the parts of a flower and a corn seedling, take an illustrated look at plant morphology with this collection of guides.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Bees in the Ecosystem

This 13-year-old from Ohio didn't have a great opinion of bees after one caused her to lose a ball game. That changed, though, when she realized how important bees are to the planet.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

No One Sings the Praises of the Dreaded Jelly Fish

Jellyfish have existed for more than 650 million years—longer than the earliest dinosaurs. Dive in with this Maryland teen for a look at an animal that ranges in size from 1.5 inches to 200 feet wide.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Feared, the Pest, the Cockroach

Did you that that only about 1 percent of cockroach species are household pests? Or that cockroach blood is usually green? This 17-year-old from Oregon examines these fascinating creatures.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Nature's Slimy Friends

Did you know that all slugs eat the equivalent of their own body weight each night? Or that some slugs are cannibalistic? Let this 17-year-old from Washington State introduce you (literally) to a banana slug.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Slimy, Yet Special Slug

What is it about a slug's body that allows it to live in a variety of environments but makes salt a deadly substance? Take a closer look at these nocturnal critters with a 15-year-old from Maryland.

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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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