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SCIENCE AND CHILDREN ARTICLES

BLM has authored more than 20 articles for Science and Children, a magazine published by the National Science Teachers Association. Most articles have posters and classroom activities. 


Alaska's Cold Desert
Based on Science & Children article, May 1996
Examines the surprising variety of life in the seemingly barren Arctic ecosystem and the adaptations of inhabitants to the extreme cold.  Discusses management issues posed by the area and
includes poster and classroom activities.
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Energy: Fuel for Thought
Science & Children article, May 2002
Outlines energy resources currently in use and explores resources that may power our future, with a focus on public land resources; includes poster and classroom activities.

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Environmental Technology is an Ancient Science
Based on Science & Children article, May 1993 pp. 21 - 28
Explains ancient methods of adapting to dry climates employed by a thriving agricultural community along the Rio Ojo Caliente in New Mexico 500 years ago; includes poster and classroom activities.
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Green Mansions
Based on Science & Children article, May 2000
Explores the coastal forest ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest, including geology, plants, animals, and native peoples; discusses management issues and includes poster and classroom activities.
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Mountains Majesty
Based on Science & Children article, November/December2004
Explores the diverse ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains and examines management challenges involved in conserving natural resources while allowing continued use and enjoyment of the public lands; includes poster and classroom activities.
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Mystery of the Mesa
Based on Science & Children article, October 1993
Scientists study ancient clues to piece together story of  a people who lived nearly 12,000 years ago in northern Alaska; includes classroom activities and a poster.
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Reclaiming Mined Land

Based on Science & Children poster,1996

Discusses management issues and mining processes and includes poster and classroom activities.
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Rivers Run Through It: Discovering the Interior Columbia River Basin
Based on Science & Children article, March 1998

Explores complexity and diversity of  the 58-million hectare area drained by the Columbia River in the Northwest. Topics include hydroelectric power, rain shadow effects, and anadromous fish. Discusses management issues and includes classroom activities.
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Science in Process: Discovering the Past at Santa Cruz

Science & Children, April 1992, 25 - 32

18th Century Spanish fort in Arizona reveals merging technologies of Native Americans and Europeans; includes activities and poster.
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Set in Stone

Based on Science & Children article, November/December 1997

Explores dinosaur discoveries and the science of paleontology, the study of ancient life frozen in time; includes poster and classroom activities.
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Some Like it Hot: The Sonoran Desert Ecosystem
 
Science & Children, March 1997, 29 - 36

Discusses the Sonoran Desert ecosystem, culture, plant and animal adaptations to extreme temperatures, and management challenges; includes poster and classroom activities.

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Steel Rails and Iron Horses

Based on Science & Children article, November/December 1995
Describes the history of the railroad and associated technologies in America, and the railroad’s contributions to the development of a nation; explores relationship between technology, society and the environment and includes poster and classroom activities.
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The Big Empty: The Great Basin Ecosystem

Science & Children, May 1995, 25 - 32
Explores the diverse ecology of the Great Basin, as well as ecosystem management approach for a desert environment; includes activities and poster.
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The Colorado Plateau: High, Wide & Windswept

Based on Science & Children article, March 1999
Describes the Colorado Plateau ecosystem, including geologic processes that created its many mesas, buttes, arches, and other unique features as well as the diversity of plants and animals adapted to the high and dry environment; includes poster and classroom activities.
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The High Plains: Land of Extremes
Based on Science & Children article, September 1996

Vast High Plains wildlife and grassland ecosystems are covered along with the area’s  importance as a source of coal for the nation; discusses management issues and includes classroom activities.
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The Mojave Desert: A Place in the Sun

Based on Science & Children article, February 2001

Examines the rich, complex and fragile ecosystem of the Mojave Desert. Focuses on the plants and animals and the diversity of life and habitats contained; includes poster and classroom activities.

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The Wild Bunch
Based on Science & Children article
Examines the history and distribution of wild horses and burros in the American West; discusses management issues and includes poster and classroom activities
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Understanding Ecosystem Management

Based on Science & Children article, November/December 1994
Introduces concepts such as biodiversity, balance, scale, and connections and discusses how managers apply ecosystem principles in managing natural resources on public lands; includes poster and classroom activities.

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Welcome to the Underground
Based on Science & Children article, October 2002
Explores many fascinating aspects of caves, from their development and geology to the animals that call them home, to the ancient humans who left their marks on wall art; includes poster and classroom activities.

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