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?
This post was written by guest blogger Ginger Allington. Can you guess where this grassland is located? The grassland above is in Arizona . . . in a desert. When many people think of a desert, they think of sand dunes and tall spiny cacti. However, deserts are home to an amazing diversity of plants and animals. These living things are adapted to the dry, … Continue reading Where Did the Grassland Go?
Featured photo by George F. Mobley, National Geographic What’s the largest land mammal in the United States? Today’s featured creature, of course! Today we’re highlighting the American Bison because believe it or not, it’s National Bison Day. Fast Facts Scientific Name: Bison bison Family Name: Bovidae Classification: Mammal Habitat: Grassland Diet: Herbivore (Fav foods include: plains grasses, herbs, shrubs, and twigs) Size: 7 to 11.5 feet Weight: 930 to 2,200 … Continue reading Creature Feature: The American Bison