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Dig deeper into our Weird But True world with this collection of materials featuring fun facts from Nat Geo Kids. 

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Avalanches 101
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Avalanches 101

An avalanche can tumble down a mountain slope, burying everything in its path.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: avalanches, natural disasters, natural hazards, snow
Tsunamis 101
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Tsunamis 101

Find out how a tsunami is born ... and how it destroys.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: earthquakes, natural disasters, tsunamis, waves
What's Up, Mount Everest?
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What's Up, Mount Everest?

Mount Everest is the highest elevation on Earth.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: asia, geography, himalayas, mountains, mount everest
From Porcupettes to Pullets
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EDUCATION

From Porcupettes to Pullets

From fawns to fry, eyases to ephyra, use this GeoStory to travel the world of adorable animal babies.

  • Best for: Grades 2-8 (ages 7-14)
  • Concepts: animals, baby animals, nicknames
The Heart of the Matter
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EDUCATION

The Heart of the Matter

Your heart is an efficient machine with a specialized set of working parts. Learn what these parts are, and how they work together.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: anatomy, blood, circulation, heart
Big Blue
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Big Blue

Even bigger than the dinosaurs—how do other animals measure up to big blue?

  • Best for: Grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Concepts: animals, blue whales, measurement, size
Bird’s Eye View
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Bird’s Eye View

Owls can’t move their eyeballs. In fact, owls don’t have eyeballs at all!

  • Best for: Grades 3-10 (ages 8-16)
  • Concepts: anatomy, biology, birds, owls, vision
Martian Meteorites
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Martian Meteorites

Fewer than 100 meteorites have been traced to the planet Mars, one of our closest neighbors in the solar system. Learn more about them here.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: chassignites, geology, mars, measurement, meteorites, nakhlites, shergottites
Iced Mocha
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Iced Mocha

Explore the perilous journey of the world’s most expensive bar of chocolate.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: antarctica, chocolate, expeditions, history, robert falcon scott, supplies
Walking Catfish
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Walking Catfish

Photo. Invasive species waddles across Florida.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: asia, fish, florida, geography, invasive species, walking catfish
Crazy Cats
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Crazy Cats

Domestic cats are just following their natural instincts.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: animals, cats, domestic animals, wild chronicles
Honey Ant Adaptations
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Honey Ant Adaptations

Bloated bellies of honey ants are storage vessels for the colony.

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: adaptation, australia, deserts, eating, food, honey ants
Lonesome George
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Lonesome George

Galapagos tortoise was the last of his kind.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: endangered species, evolution, galapagos islands, lonesome george, reptiles, south america, tortoises
Dollar Coins
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EDUCATION

Dollar Coins

Are dollar coins a good investment? Financial experts weigh in.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: coins, current events, economics, federal reserve, government, money, united states
School of Anthias
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School of Anthias

It's a girls' school . . . until some of the girls become boys.

  • Best for: Grades 8+ (ages 13+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, anthias, hermaphrodites, sex
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

More than just an eating contest, this annual Fourth of July event is an American immigrant success story.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: fourth of july, history, holidays, hot dogs, immigration, independence, new york city
Human Body: Microscopic Images
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Human Body: Microscopic Images

Explore microscopic images of objects that might be found in or on our human bodies. 

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: electron microscopes, microscopy, nanometers, nanoscale, nanotechnology, scale, science
Cheetah Chase
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Cheetah Chase

Photographer gets the shots he's been waiting for.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: africa, animals, big cats, botswana, cheetah, cheetah cub, endangered species, photography, wild chronicles
The Planets
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The Planets

Earth and the other seven planets that circle the star we call the sun and smaller objects such as moons make up our solar system.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: earth, jupiter, mars, mercury, neptune, orbital plane, planets, saturn, solar system, space, sun, uranus, venus
Turn up the Volume
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Turn up the Volume

About a million Earths could fit inside the sun. What? How?

  • Best for: Grades 6-11 (ages 11-17)
  • Concepts: earth, solar system, sun, volume
A Matter of Taste
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A Matter of Taste

Discover how we taste what we taste—and why it matters

  • Best for: Grades 4-10 (ages 9-16)
  • Concepts: eat: the story of food, flavor, food, taste
Staple Food Crops of the World
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Staple Food Crops of the World

Our MapMaker Interactive layers show how many tons of cassava, maize, plantains, potatoes, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sweet potatoes, wheat, and yams were produced per country as an average from 2010 to 2012.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: agriculture, cassava, crops, food, food staples, food systems, maize, mapmaker interactive, plantains, potatoes, rice, sorghum, soy, sweet potatoes, wheat, yams
A Natural History of the African Elephant
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A Natural History of the African Elephant

Explore the physical characteristics and social behaviors of the African elephant.

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: african elephants, amboseli national park, animal behavior, animal characteristics, conservation, ivory, kenya, poaching
Strange Rains
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Strange Rains

“Animal rain” happens when little critters get swept up in waterspouts and fall down with raindrops.

  • Best for: Grades K-10 (ages 5-16)
  • Concepts: animal rain, storms, waterspouts, weather, wind