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This week, we learned …
- In Western movies, cowboys are most often played by white men, but most Compton cowboys are African American. What other American cultures have a strong “cowboy” tradition? Click here to learn more about the rich cowboy tradition, from Patagonia to paniolos.
… what would happen if Earth lost oxygen for five seconds. Yikes.
- What other elements are important to Earth’s atmosphere and lithosphere? Click here to get the run-down on all things Earth.
- How can hair and DNA help identify you at all? Click here to learn more about the Genographic Project and how your class can participate.
- Do you associate certain flavors with certain colors? For instance, do you associate red with sweet cherries or spicy chilis? Do you think a green color indicates apple, lime, or mint? Is orange always orange?
- What is a marine park? How is it different from other marine protected areas? Click here to learn about marine parks.
… few Americans are as affected by climate change as the Inupiat—or as dependent on the fossil-fuel economy. (Editor’s pick of the week!)
- What Arctic animals might be impacted by climate change? Click here for an Arctic ecosystem coloring page.
- What factors do you think might have led to different species of giraffes evolving from one common ancestor? Click here to learn a little about speciation and natural selection.
- How does the architecture of a mosque reflect its geography? Click here for a beautiful study guide on Moorish architecture.
- What is a hijab? Click here for a beautifully illustrated guide to this Muslim concept of modesty and privacy.
- Do you think other “small and shallow injuries” also cause disproportionate pain?
… painting eyes on cow behinds may prevent lion attacks, and the more general case against housecats.
- What are some other ways conservationists are working to save lions while not hurting local farmers or cattle? Click here to learn about one Nat Geo initiative and “Build a Boma”!