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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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At the Pole by Roald Amundsen

As a child, Amundsen dreamed of exploring the North Pole. Yet it is his discovery of the South Pole for which he is best known. Read Amundsen's exciting account of his groundbreaking expedition.

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The Fate of a Frozen Land

Earth's ice sheets are rapidly losing volume as humans have warmed the Arctic by over 2 degrees Celsius in the past 50 years. Could Greenland really unfreeze? And what might happen if it does?

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