Archives for April, 2009
Photograph by Enric Sala
NG Fellow Enric Sala and a team of scientists are starting out on a six-week expedition to study undisturbed reef systems in the Southern Line Islands. This research will create a model of what healthy coral reefs and other healthy marine ecosystems should be like. Damaged coral reefs can be compared with the model, and scientists will be able to better understand what steps are needed to help the reefs recover.
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BOOK NAME: Superfudge
AUTHOR: Judy Blume
is a fun book about a regular a boy named Peter and his brother named
Fudge. Fudge is going into kindergarten but he’s a little out of
control. Peter absolutely wants to have nothing to do with Fudge but
when he finds out that their mom is going to have another baby things
only get worse. On top of that, they are planning on moving for a year
out of the city. Peter tries to handle moving, two crazy siblings and
staying cool all at the same time, but things tend to get a little
I LOVED reading Superfudge! It was so much
fun to read all the wacky things that Fudge ends up doing. I am
definitely planning on reading the sequels to it. It was an easy read
so I could take a break from all of the other much harder books I have
for school. The book reminds me of my own life in a way that I am in
6th grade and Peter is too. My youngest brother Brady is SO the Fudge
of the family. He and Fudge are like wild childs. We really do have a
lot in common with them.
I rate this a FIVE out of FIVE! It
is a great read for people who like humorous fictional types of books
or Judy Blume’s others in the series. If you have a ‘Wild Child’ in
the family, tell me about it.
Do you know what healthy coral reefs looks like, how many sharks swim there, and what makes them stay so vibrant? National Geographic Fellow Enric Sala and a team of marine scientists want you to help them uncover the secrets of the last healthy, undisturbed parts of the ocean.
Photograph courtesy Enric Sala
Follow them on a six-week journey to a chain of pristine islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
Send them your questions, meet the crew, see pictures of coral reefs, watch videos, read their blog, and track the expedition on a map,
Photograph courtesy Martin George/QVMAG
Jellyfish expert Lisa Gershwin was swimming near the coast of Tasmania and noticed a colorful blob swimming nearby. She was able to safely photograph this specimen by placing it in a small aquarium called a “phototank.” This new jellyfish species doesn’t sting, but the 5-inch (13-centimeter) long creature is very delicate and touching it can cause it to shatter.
The rainbow glow on the jellyfish comes from light reflecting off the creature’s cilia. Cilia are small hairlike projections that the jellyfish uses to swim.
Read more about this bright spot in the ocean on National Geographic News.
Watch a video of other jellyfish species on National Geographic Kids.
Photograph courtesy Getty Images
Scientists in Australia have found an unbelievable dolphin species! Arcus pluvius, otherwise known as the Rainbow Dolphin, is a beautiful purple hue with multi-colored spots. The dolphin is quite rare, but National Geographic Kids has an exclusive photo of the colorful creature.