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Earth Science Themed Essays

Earth Science Themed Essays

1999 Winning Essays

Twelve winning essays from the 1999 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. With geology as the focus, students observed and reported on the geology of their own regions and of the world.

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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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Makoshika Badlands Rocks

Getting lost "somewhere between North Dakota and Montana" during a family road trip led this 11th-grader from Wisconsin to a picturesque landscape, rich with geologic discoveries.

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My Fish-Shaped Home: A History of Changes

Did you know that Long Island was once part of a chain of volcanoes? Or that it was part of the tropics—and faced south? Step back in time with this seventh-grader for a look at the forces that shaped this giant sandbar.

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The New Madrid Seismic Zone

For three months in the early 1800s, earthquakes shook two pioneer towns in Missouri—and permanently changed the course of the Mississippi River. Relive that time with this 12th-grader from Wisconsin.

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Rocks of Roane County, West Virginia

The meandering stream that carved West Virginia's natural land bridge also helped create diverse layers of rock at its foundation. Tour the area's geological past with this ninth-grader.

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