Journey to the Center of the Earth

SCIENCE How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth’s core? And what would you see along the way? Use this interactive to dig into the truth. (BBC) Download our own high-resolution illustration of Earth’s interior. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Scrolling through the fantastic BBC interactive graphic of Earth’s interior, it … Continue reading Journey to the Center of the Earth

Auroras Put on a Show

SCIENCE The auroras—better known as the Northern and Southern Lights—have been putting on a dazzling display for viewers from Madagascar to Minnesota. (The Telegraph) Use our resources to better understand the amazing auroras. Discussion Ideas According to an expert interviewed by the BBC (and in turn quoted in the Australian Telegraph article), the appearance of an aurora “all depends on how active the Sun has … Continue reading Auroras Put on a Show

Crusty Old Australia

SCIENCE Australia holds the oldest continental crust on Earth, researchers have confirmed, rocks some 4.4 billion years old. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn more about the oldest stuff on Earth, and our planet’s other extremes. Discussion Ideas The new study suggests the Jack Hills zircons were part of Earth’s primitive crust, formed about 100 million years after the Earth itself. So, what … Continue reading Crusty Old Australia

King Tides Rule

SCIENCE Last month, coastlines saw extreme high and low tides known as king tides, which are caused by a chance alignment of the moon, Earth, and the sun. Now the tides are back—and coastal waters may rise by more than 13 feet. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand tides. Discussion Ideas Study our beautiful poster above, explaining Earth’s tides. The poster does … Continue reading King Tides Rule

#GreatNature: Bits of Nature

This blog post was written by Rebecca Bice, former National Geographic Social Media & Promotion Intern. We’re sharing National Geographic staff and friends’ stories about nature to celebrate the Great Nature Project. To share your own nature photos of plants and animals with National Geographic, visit  When I think of people who love nature, I think of hikers, mountain bikers, or health nuts. I … Continue reading #GreatNature: Bits of Nature