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English Adventurer Dies Attempting to Cross Antarctic

by James Manly, age 13

Could you imagine walking over 1600 kilometers, alone and in the cold, harsh weather of the Antarctic? This past year, a man almost completed this nearly impossible task.

The Antarctic is a cold place. Home to the south pole, this continent is a total of 14 million square kilometers, 280,000 of which are land. The rest is ice or snow.[Read More]

New Mole Rat Species Discovered in Africa's Ikelenge Pedicle

By Callan Bird Bear, age 12

Every year, scientists discover close to 20,000 new species of animals, most of which are insects. The discovery of a mammal is much rarer. For that reason, scientists were recently surprised to find a new species of mole rat in Africa.

Paul Van Daele, an expert with the University of Ghent, found the newest species of mole rat in the Ikelenge pedicle - an area that covers parts of Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola. It was noticeably smaller than most mole rats and had a distinct skull shape. It took several years of research, DNA tests, and chromosome tests to confirm Van Daele's hypothesis that this mole rat was indeed of a new species. [Read More]

Malayan Tigers Face
Numerous Threats

By Nolan F. Hegge, age 12

The Malayan tiger, or panthera tigris jacksoni, is a subspecies of the Indochinese tiger. Though this subspecies is more numerous than other types of tiger, its population is dwindling.

There are only 600 to 800 Malayan tigers left today. They live in the Main Range, the Greater Taman Negara, and the southern forest complex of the Malay Peninsula, which is practically uninhabited by humans. These locations are in the four Malaysian states of Phang, Perak, Terengganu, and Kelantan. [Read More]

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The Great Barrier Reef, at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, is an astounding symbol of life and beauty. Home to thousands of creatures, it is currently under threat of destruction, however, and could ultimately become a representation of how the world can kill a natural-made beauty. [read more...]
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The Malayan tiger, or panthera tigris jacksonipanthera tigris jacksoni, is a subspecies of the Indochinese tiger. Though this subspecies is more numerous than other types of tiger, its population is dwindling. , is a subspecies of the Indochinese tiger. Though this subspecies is more numerous than other types of tiger, its population is dwindling. [read more...]
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>Every year, scientists discover close to 20,000 new species of animals, most of which are insects. The discovery of a mammal is much rarer. For that reason, scientists were recently surprised to find a new species of mole rat in Africa. [read more...]