Siberian Snowballs May Mean Snowy Winter in the U.S.

ENVIRONMENT Incredible photographs from a beach in Siberia show thousands of naturally formed snowballs spread across an 18-kilometer (11-mile) stretch of coast. This is now officially the best place in the world to have a snowball fight. (Gizmodo) But should you eat them? Use our study guide to investigate further. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including … Continue reading Siberian Snowballs May Mean Snowy Winter in the U.S.

15 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned … … urine, not chlorine, causes itchy eyes in pools. Dive in!     … how we talk about teachers, and why it might be worth it to pay them $100,000 … or more. Stay tuned to TeachingCenter for details.     … how “sushi” children … Continue reading 15 Things We Learned This Week!

Beach Awash in Amber

WORLD A severe storm has left a Russian beach covered with pieces of amber. (St. Petersburg Times) Use our resources to understand why amber is nicknamed “fossil resin.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The St. Petersburg Times—that’s St. Petersburg, Russia, not Florida!—describes Kaliningrad, the region of Russia where the amber appeared, as an “exclave.” … Continue reading Beach Awash in Amber

Kelp Has Arrived . . . and It’s Raising a Stink

ENVIRONMENT Warmer air and water temperatures, combined with overseas tropical storms, delivered an ecologically desirable but olfactory disagreeable gift to the shores of Laguna Beach, California, this summer—copious amounts of kelp. (Los Angeles Times) Use our resources to see how kelp holds fast. Teachers: Scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas Laguna Beach, California, … Continue reading Kelp Has Arrived . . . and It’s Raising a Stink

Walruses Crowd Alaska Beach

ENVIRONMENT Gatherings of walruses crowded together on northwestern Alaska shorelines, like the congregation of about 35,000 animals spotted this weekend near the village of Point Lay, have become regular occurrences in the new era of scarce summer sea ice. (Alaska Dispatch News) Use our resources to learn more about shrinking summer sea ice. Thanks to our once-and-future oceans expert, Julie, for the heads-up and help … Continue reading Walruses Crowd Alaska Beach