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Every place on earth experiences a 12 hour day and a 12 hour night twice a year on the Spring and Fall Equinox.

Learn about Summer and Winter Solstices, and more about the Spring and Fall Equinoxes, below!

Earth's seasons, equinoxes & solstices

 Equinox: Sun rises due east and sets due west from EarthSky Also it's one of only two days a year when day and night are 12 hours each. Another good, fact-filled equinox page with good graphics. You just can't get enough knowledge!





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Fall Arrives Monday

Astronomical autumn starts Monday, September 23.
The official time of the Autumnal Equinox, when the
geometric center of the Sun’s disk crosses the equator,
is 1:50 A.M. Mountain Daylight Time or 2:50 A.M.
Central Daylight Time. The sun angle will continue to
get lower in the sky over the Northern Hemisphere
until the Winter Solstice.

The Pyramids of Giza as seen from a street in Cairo, Egypt
Going in Ancient History and Archaeology


Monarch butterfly on its favorite flower, a milkweed.
Monarch butterflies and caterpillars use milkweeds' poisons
to give themselves a horrible taste. This keeps predators away.
Oddly enough, the local deer gobble up milkweed so it has to
be fenced. Photo credit = Caroline Booth Stafford



This statue (a moai) from Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
proves there is more to a moai than just the head!

Going in Ancient History and Archaeology



Going in Animals


Ancient parrot in New Zealand was 1m tall, study says

Going in Dinos and Paleo

The Effects of Global Warming in Alaska

In this media-rich lesson, students learn how global warming
is changing the Alaskan environment and examine the
consequences of climate change on the region's human and
wildlife inhabitants.
Lesson Plan Grades: 6-13+
Collection: Alaska Native Perspectives on Earth and Climate


Going in Animals


Going in History and Literacy-Misc


Going in Art and in Black Hills


Going in Homeschool, New Readers, Teachers & Parents



Going in Dinos and Paleo


Emperor Nero

What Historical Figures Really Looked Like from Past Factory
King Tut, Julius Caesar, Robespierre, St Nicolas, Dante, Shakepeare,
Elizabeth I, the “Griffin Warrior” of Pylos, Cleopatra, Simón Bolívar,
and plenty more. Going in History


The world needs all kinds of minds
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child,
talks about how her mind works -- sharing her
ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve
problems that neurotypical brains might miss.
She makes the case that the world needs people
on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers,
pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds
of smart geeky kids.
Going in Early Learning, Homeschool, and
Teachers & Parents.


This is the fossil of a "medium sized" ammonite.

"The fossils are > loved by everyone . I do not know why!!!
But the form of the beautiful and mysterious old makes it a
destination for everyone. A fossil is evidence or trace of a
dead animal or plant. Footprints imprinted on rocks,
bones of ancient humans and animals, shells, etc.
Fossils can be very large or very small. Microfossils are only
visible with a microscope. Bacteria and pollen can be
Macrofossils can be several meters long and weigh several
tons. Macrofossils can be petrified trees or dinosaur bones.
Preserved remains become fossils if they reach an age of
about 10,000 years. Fossils can come from the Archaeaean
Eon (which began almost 4 billion years ago) all the way
up to the Holocene Epoch (which continues today).
The fossilized teeth of wooly mammoths are some of our
most "recent" fossils. Some of the oldest fossils are those
of ancient algae that lived in the ocean more than 3 billion
years ago." From the #Geology Here FB page.

below: a huge ammonite

below: small ammonites


Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of WWII
A multimedia presentation of the National Women's
History Museum


Dorothy Olsen, World War II WASP pilot, dies at 103

Here she is posing on a P-38. She preferred to fly P-51s.
Read the article to find out why. (Historical note: "P" stood
for "Pursuit"; later changed to "F" for "Fighter", still in use.)



Flatirons in South America, from #GeologyHere Facebook page

"Serranía del Hornocal is a great example of the landform
called flatirons. Flatirons are small knolls with triangular to
trapezoidal-shaped sloping surfaces, with the long side of this
surface as their base and a point at their top. They're created
by the differential erosion of a steeply dipping, erosion-resistant
layer of rock overlying softer strata. Flatirons have wide bases
that form the base of a steep, triangular facet that narrows
upward into a point at its summit. The splitting of a hogback
by regularly spaced streams often results in the formation of
a series of flatirons along the strike of the rock layer that
forms the hogback." The quote above was edited by us.
Going in Earth Science


What does it take to get through to some people?

Going in Animals and in Black Hills


Going in Grammar


National Library of Virtual Manipulatives Interactive online manipulatives
for preschool through high school! Broken out by grade level and subject matrix.
This is a great site from University of Utah. Requires Java.



Winnie-the-Pooh says "Hello" to you from Swan River, Manitoba, Canada.
Photo by Alex Bielopotocky



Going in Living Things



Go to this site. Look at their categories.
Birds, animals, dinosaurs, and plants.
Subdivided by continents and animal types.
Kid friendly. About 44 categories of goodies
(see them all at the bottoms of the pages).
"Biggest flightless birds ever!" (below)
is an example. Going in Animals and in
Dinos and Paleo.


Biggest flightless birds ever!

Comment: "Australian rhea" is a typo, should say (South) "American rhea".
Extant birds on this list: #1, #7 - #10
Extinct birds on this list: #2 - #6, #11

All the birds below are types of #5 above, Phorushacos.
#3 below, Titanis walleri, moved north up into North America,
but they didn't prosper there.

The Time Terror Birds Invaded (the USA)

What If A Saber-Toothed Cat Fought A Terror Bird?

Terror Bird vs. Wolves

Going in Dinos and Paleo


Callanish Stones - Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Was this a figure of a human being? About 5,000 years old.
Older then Stonehenge. One of many "old places" in the British Isles.
Going in Ancient History and Archaeology











"Feed me! Feed me!" Love the complicated and intricate nest construction!
The parents are programmed to do it exactly like that - strong outer layer,
soft inner "cup". Expertly woven. Ancient humans probably got the idea for
willow fencing and wattle construction by examining bird nests.
Perhaps ideas about weaving, also.

This is going in Animals. Maybe we need a Birds section.




A Wolf Spider crawing over the South Dakota plains with her egg case.
After some research. we think it's a Trochosa species, maybe
Trochosa terricola. It might be a Hogna species? Thanks to
Spider ID for the info. Photo credit = Kate Swallow Photography

Going in Animals We may be splitting off an Arthopods section,
maybe even one on plants, microbes... It's all down to time.



Pioneering anesthesiologist Dr. Virginia Apgar invented a simple yet
revolutionary tool that has helped save the lives of countless infants
around the world by helping doctors quickly assess the health of newborns
to determine if they need medical intervention. To read the inspiring story
of the Apgar Score inventor -- who once declared "Nobody, but nobody, is
going to stop breathing on me"

Virginia Apgar's story is told in several inspiring books for kids, including
"She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World" for ages
5 to 9, "Girls Think of Everything" for ages 8 and up,
and "Rad American Women A-Z" for ages 10 and up

For teens and adults, she's also featured in the books "Bold Women of Medicine"
and "Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – And The World"

Going in Women's History



Temple Grandin Named to National Women's Hall of Fame

Click the pic to watch her TED lecture!
Going in Women's History



Opossums are Our Best Defense Against Lyme Disease, Killing 5000 Ticks Per Week Each


Read up on it! Opossums attract more ticks than any other small mammal, and eat 95%
of them! Going in Animals and Health



Do not confuse "popular" with "poplar" which is a family of trees. We don't care
if some authors and other writers are spelling "popular" as "poplar"; poplars are trees!
Our suggestion: they should get a better spell checker.

"Genus Populus
Populus is a genus of 25–35 species of deciduous flowering plants in the family Salicaceae,
native to most of the Northern Hemisphere. English names variously applied to different
species include poplar, aspen, and cottonwood."

English translation: Poplars have flowers, they drop their leaves in the fall, and bud out new leaves
the next spring; they are related to willows. Poplars live world-wide north of the equator.
Big Cottonwood trees along stream beds in the Midwest and West of Canada and the US are
a giant poplar. Other large poplars live in what is left of the forests of Eastern North
America. The aspen trees of the Rocky Mountains are poplars. If you see a grove of aspen all
crowded together, you are seeing a clone! It's one giant plant colony with lots of trees
sharing one root system! They are all one plant.
Something all poplars have in common are those trembling leaves everyone loves. There are
beautiful videos of whole mountainsides covered with yellow-golden aspen, all trembling in the wind.
Another thing they have in common is soft wood.

"Poplar" boards are from Tulip Poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera) which are no relation.
If you want hard wood, get a Maple (Genus Acer), or an Oak (Genus Quercus).





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