WORLD Thanks to satellite imagery, archaeologists have uncovered nearly 400 ancient, previously undocumented stone structures in the Arabian desert. (New York Times) How do scientists identify ancient structures with satellite imagery? Our own “space archaeologist” can help answer that! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Huge, ancient stone structures were just discovered in the Arabian … Continue reading Mysterious Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia
ENVIRONMENT Engineers hope that when the man-made sculptures melt, they will provide water in times of need. (BBC) How do communities rely on glaciers? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit Text Set, including today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas The BBC article and video outline one solution to the “water crisis in the Himalaya.” Why does … Continue reading Can Artificial Glaciers Help Solve the Himalaya Water Crisis?
ENVIRONMENT After intense and unexpected rain fell in the north of Chile, parts of the usually arid Atacama desert have turned into a carpet of flowers. (BBC) What other deserts experience periodic “superblooms”? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The BBC article calls the Atacama Desert the “world’s driest place.” How dry is it? Very! … Continue reading Driest Place on Earth Erupts in Bloom
ENVIRONMENT Mysterious fairy circles have long lured mystics and conspiracy theorists to Africa’s Namib Desert. Now, scientists may have cracked the fairy code. (Washington Post) Watch our cool video (and standards-aligned study guide) to learn more about this “desert created by water.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas New research … Continue reading Have Scientists Solved the Mystery of Fairy Circles?
ENVIRONMENT Heavy storms in the fall spurred an explosion of growth in winter. (Nat Geo News) How can the desert bloom? Scroll through our encyclopedic entry to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s photo gallery and a link to the perfectly timed March 12 Death Valley BioBlitz! Click through our photo gallery for … Continue reading Death Valley is Full of Life