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On January 12, 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck Haiti. In the year following the devastating quake, there has been slow progress in rebuilding the country. With international help (including help from you!), some of the debris has been cleaned up and some buildings have been rebuilt, but lots of rubble still remains. There have been other problems, like a cholera epidemic that has sickened thousands of people. Cholera spreads in areas with bad sanitary conditions, and the earthquake made Haiti’s sanitation worse.
Why has recovery been so slow? One big reason is that Haiti doesn’t have a stable political environment, which makes cleanup efforts difficult. “So what’s going on is what we used to call stovepipe reconstruction, where certain areas and types of structures are being reconstructed or built anew but there is no overall plan. Because, among other things, it’s really unclear if there is a Haitian government at this point,” says Richard Olson of Florida International University and director of the Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas program.
Read more about the state Haiti is in on the anniversary of the earthquake on National Geographic News.
Read about the earthquake on the News Bites blog.
Read about how you helped Haiti by sending in donations on the News Bites blog.
Get facts about Haiti on National Geographic Kids.
Photograph by Eduardo Munoz, Reuters
The wreck of the famous ocean liner R.M.S. Titanic was rediscovered by oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard and photographer Emory Kristof on September 1, 1985. Last Wednesday marked the 25th anniversary of the find. New high-resolution pictures of the wreckage mark the anniversary.
The photographs were taken as part of Expedition Titanic. This expedition is using technology such as sonar imaging to virtually preserve the ship as it is now, and to estimate how long the wreck might last. In these pictures, people can get a good look at the decay of the wreck from “rusticles” and time.
See more pictures and learn about the wreck of the Titanic on National Geographic News.
Get to know Robert Ballard in this interview on National Geographic Kids.
Photograph courtesy Premier Exhibitions, Inc. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
We are celebrating 35 years of the National Geographic Kids magazine!
The September 2010 issue of National Geographic Kids magazine marks the 35th anniversary of the magazine. To celebrate, every day in September we are going to show you an amazing, silly, or awesome feature on the NG Kids website, so be sure to come back to see all 35 Best Online Features.
1. Best NG Kids Covers Puzzler
See if you can solve the jigsaw or slide puzzles based on some of our awesome covers.
2. Best Pet Craft
Give your dog (or cat!) a comfy place to chill out with this pet bed.
3. Best Laugh Out Loud Video
These goats don’t run or yell when they’re startled–they faint instead!
4. Best Multi-Level Game
Explore the solar system as Nat and Geo in “Pluto’s Secret,” an out of this world multi-level adventure game.
5. Best Jokes
Stock up on jokes and make your friends giggle with this Just Joking interactive!
6. Best Global Adventure
Read about brothers Stefan and Tyler and their awesome adventure around the world.
7. Best Hands-On Exploration Blog
Relive the amazing adventures of the Hands-On Explorer expeditions to Australia and Peru. Plus, you can find out how to enter the 2011 Hands-On Explorer Challenge contest!
8. Best Science Experiment
Ants keep track of where they are, where they’re going, and how to get there. Can you make an ant get lost? Find out when you try this experiment.
9. Best Recycling Game
Do you know the difference between recyclable stuff, compostable stuff, and trash? Try this recycling game and see how high you can score.
10. Best Gross-Out Video
How many spiders could you stand to have crawling all over you? Find out how many Tom had crawling on him (for 30 whole seconds)!
11. Best Earth-Friendly Craft
One easy and fun way to help the planet is to decorate a canvas bag. You or your parents can use your personalized bag while shopping instead of using plastic bags.
12. Best Whale Quiz
Get ready to bend your brain and answer these questions about the world’s biggest whale (make that the world’s biggest animal)!
13. Best Animal Profile
What’s this cuddly-looking creature? It’s a harp seal! Get the facts on this adorable animal in the Creature Feature.
14. Best Scary Treat
When you look at this snack, it feels like it’s looking back! Check out this activity to learn how to make your own eyeball deviled eggs.
15. Best Lightning Photos
See the awesome power of lightning in this photo gallery.
16. Best Silly Fill-In-the-Blank Story
Going back to school is always a little awkward, but in this story going back to school is the zaniest it’s ever been.
17. Best Animal Balancing Trick
Most cats aren’t too happy when they’re around lots of people, but Nicholas likes crowds just fine. He gets a great view of New York City from the top of his owner’s head!
18. Best Trivia Challenge
Do you think you know more trivia than their parents? Try this quiz, and then email a challenge to your mom or dad! (Or your brother, or your sister, or your friend…)
19. Best Ways to Help the Environment
It’s up to everyone to do what they can to help the environment. Check out these green tips for inspiration.
20. Best Creepy Video
Get a spider’s perspective in this video, where you’ll watch a jumping spider stalking a honeybee.
21. Best Way to Get to Know the NG Explorers
Meet National Geographic’s team of awesome explorers! Click the figures to learn more about what they do.
22. Best Pet Treat
Who doesn’t like snacks? Your dog or cat will go wild for these tasty treats.
23. Best Halloween Costume
Do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween yet? Try this awesome make-it-yourself spaghetti and meatballs costume!
24. Best Way to Travel for Free
Explore the world from your computer screen when you visit the National Geographic Kids People & Places area. Get facts about countries around the world and check out beautiful pictures.
25. Best Book Blog
Looking for a book to read? Find a new favorite on DogEared, featuring book reviews from real kids.
26. Best Water Adventure Game
Join Nat & Geo (and their monkey Gordo!) as they raft a raging river and explore an underwater shipwreck!
27. Best “Backpack”
Carrier crabs pick up whatever’s handy to use as defense, even if the closest thing is another animal!
28. Best Animal Custodian
Speaking of crabs, trapeziid crabs help keep coral reefs alive by keeping them clean!
29. Best Animal Reader
Willow the dog has an unusual talent: reading! When her owner holds up a card with a command on it, Willow does what the card says.
30. Best Place to Learn About Going Green
Get the scoop on all things green on the Green Scene blog.
31. Best Animal Invasion
The jellies are coming! Giant jellyfish are invading the Sea of Japan. Find out why.
32. Best Easy Snack
The next time you get tortilla chips, why not try making your own salsa? Pico de gallo is an easy (and tasty!) chip topping.
33. Best Big Cat Profile
Tigers are the biggest cats in the world! Get the facts on these fantastic felines in the Creature Feature.
34. Best Mystery Game
Who is buried in the ancient Egyptian tomb? Find the clues and solve the mystery.
35. Best Virtual World
Customize an animal character, explore, play minigames, and much much more in Animal Jam, a cool new virtual world from National Geographic.
From July 26 to August 4, the Boy Scouts of America will celebrate their 100th anniversary! About 40,000 Scouts have convened for their centennial jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill near Fredericksburg, Virginia. There are plenty of outdoor activities at the jamboree–canoeing, rocket building with NASA, robot building with Lego, and mapping and photography tips from National Geographic!
Are you a Boy Scout or Girl Scout?
Visit the Boy Scouts online to learn more about the anniversary.
See more photos from the jamboree on National Geographic BlogWild.
Photograph courtesy of Ford Cochran
On May 18, 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington State erupted. The eruption (which was heard hundreds of miles away) blew off the top of the mountain, destroyed miles of forest, and killed 57 people.
In the 30 years since the eruption, scientists have been able to study how an ecosystem recovers from a volcanic eruption. What was once a desolate, gray blast zone in 1980 is now home to many plants and animals. Although it has not had an eruption of the same size since 1980, Mount St. Helens is one of the most active volcanoes in the United States and could erupt again.
Read more about the potential danger from Mount St. Helens on National Geographic News.
See a gallery of images of Mount St. Helens on National Geographic.
Think you know volcanoes? Quiz Your Noodle and prove it!
Photograph by Peter Lipman, USGS and Gene Iwatsubo, USGS
Today is the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC. The UNCRC is a treaty that grants children under the age of 17 more than 40 rights, including the rights to survive, to education, to health, to protection from harm, and to be heard. The treaty has been signed by almost every country in the world.
To celebrate the anniversary, World Photography Organisation, Sony, and UNICEF will be sending six young photographers to Ethiopia with National Geographic photographer and humanitarian Reza.
Read an interview with Reza on National Geographic Kids.
Photograph © Sharon Lovell/UNICEF
Sesame Street‘s first episode aired on November 10, 1969. It was one of the first educational TV programs for kids. The idea behind Sesame Street was to help kids learn and to have fun while doing it. The show was specially directed towards inner-city kids who had fewer educational advantages. The Sesame Street set was designed to look familiar–it could be any street in New York City.
Today, 40 years later, kids are still watching Sesame Street, and in more countries than ever before. There are 140 different versions of Sesame Street broadcast around the world. Each edition is specially adapted reflect the lives and cultures of kids living in that area.
Do you watch Sesame Street, or did you when you were younger? Who is your favorite character?
Learn more about Sesame Street around the world on National Geographic News.
Even Sesame Street is going green! Learn more on National Geographic News.
Photograph by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Alamy
It’s hard for most of us to imagine life without the Internet! The phenomenon, originally known as the ARPANET was born September 2, 1969, when one computer passed information to another through a cable. Soon other researchers and scientists connected their computers to this network and shared information over long distances.
Learn more on National Geographic News.
Play Pluto’s Secret on National Geographic Kids.
Photograph courtesy NASA
July 20 is the 40th anniversary of humankind’s first steps on the moon. On July 16, 1969, the world watched as the Apollo 11 rocket Columbia lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. The trip to the moon took three days, and on July 20, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped off of the Eagle, Apollo 11′s lunar module. People back home on Earth watched the astronauts take their first steps on the moon, and heard Neil Armstrong say “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The astronauts spent a total of 21 hours on the moon before the Eagle returned to the Columbia for the trip home.
The Apollo 11 crew safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. NASA plans to send another mission to the moon within the next decade.
Get the story behind the moon landing on National Geographic News.
Check out the Man and the Moon features on National Geographic Channel.
How much do you know about the moon? Quiz Your Noodle and find out!