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Biodiversity-themed Essays

1998 Winning Essays

Twelve winning essays from the 1998 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. In honor of the opening of the Hall of Biodiversity, student essays focused on the biodiversity they discovered in a variety of local habitats.

Slug

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.

Slug anatomy

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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