Why Two Volcanoes in Hawaii Are So Close, but So Different

SCIENCE Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two volcanoes which have beguiled millions of tourists visiting the Hawaiian islands, have also intrigued scientists with a long-running mystery: If they are so close together, how did they develop in two parallel tracks over the same hot spot—and why are their chemical compositions so different? (New York Times) Why are there volcanoes in Hawaii? Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading Why Two Volcanoes in Hawaii Are So Close, but So Different

11 Things We Learned This Week

What did you learn this week? We learned … … what the best new maps are, according to cartographers. Zoom in on one of the best maps of the year, from National Geographic magazine’s May issue.   … Pluto’s heavy heart may have turned the world upside-down. How did NASA get close enough to peer into Pluto’s pretty heart?   … bird poop may keep … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week

10 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 … … under Hawaii’s starry skies, there is a fight over sacred ground. So, we know what’s going on on top of Mauna Kea. What’s going on below? Where else are indigenous groups protesting for greater sovereignty?   … humans can only live about 115 years. … Continue reading 10 Things We Learned This Week!

Rare Images Reveal Seaplane Sunk in Pearl Harbor Attack

UNITED STATES New images of a U.S. Navy seaplane that sank in Hawaiian waters during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are the clearest images taken of such wreckage. (Associated Press) Use our fantastic interactive to better understand the “date which will live in infamy.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker … Continue reading Rare Images Reveal Seaplane Sunk in Pearl Harbor Attack

Are Race-Based Elections Legal?

POLITICS Some Hawaii residents are suing the state over an election that may give Native Hawaiians self-government, saying such elections are race-based. (Christian Science Monitor) Use our resources to learn how Hawaiians began to lose their sovereignty. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas What is being decided in the challenged election? Voters are preparing to … Continue reading Are Race-Based Elections Legal?