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The latest from DiscovorySchool.com (last mentioned in the February 22, 2002 NSDL Life Science Report) is the extensive and very well done Web lesson -- the Dirt on Soil. The Down and Dirty portion of the site describes the different layers of soil, how they are formed, what they usually consist of, soil particle size comparisons, and more. The field guide link contains photographs and descriptions of a creature from each major group of soil organisms, such as the creepy looking Beetle Mite. The last link on the main page is for the unbelievably cool Soil Safari interactive Flash activity. After getting into the Earthship, you navigate through different layers of soil to discover what organisms and soils are within. This really is an excellent activity for kids and adults wanting to learn about soil or just have fun. One additional feature of the site is the very helpful teachers tip link that gives summarized descriptions of the site and advice on how best to utilize it.
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