NEW MINERAL FACTS: • Location of discovery: Somalia • Year meteorite found: 2020 • Weight of meteorite: 33,510 pounds
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Have you ever heard of elaliite and elkinstantonite?

You’re certainly not alone if you haven’t—because they were just recently discovered on Earth! Scientists IDENTIFIED two minerals that have never been seen on our planet from a slice of meteorite that was discovered in Somalia in... Read more

A line of orange flames make up the lava flow of Mauna Loa.
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Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, erupted last month for the first time since 1984.

The volcano began spewing fountains of glowing rock and ash and spilling lava on Nov. 27. Though it’s been a long time since Mauna Loa last erupted, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)... Read more

• Current annual inflation: 8.2% • Most expensive areas: food, shelter, medical care • Common inflation measurement: Consumer     Price Index (CPI) • Who calculates the CPI: U.S. Bureau of Labor     Statistics
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Inflation is a big word that sounds pretty intimidating, but the basic definition is this: an increase in the prices of goods and services.

Like most things in life that require moderation, inflation is actually a good thing in a certain amount. The Federal Reserve, the central bank of... Read more

First British female monarch: Queen Mary I, ruled England from 1553-1558  • Youngest to become king: Edward VI, became king at the age of 9 • Longest serving monarch: Queen Elizabeth II  • Current monarch: King Charles III • Heir to the throne: Prince William
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Did you know that Britain’s royal family traces its ancestry back nearly 1,000 years? It dates all the way to William the Conqueror in 1066, and the monarchy has certainly evolved since then!

So with such a long family history, how is it decided who gets to serve as the next king or queen... Read more

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Kids all over Arizona write for Bear Essential News, and you can, too! 

The Young Reporters Program is FREE and teaches you the basics of journalism, sharpens your writing and gives you real-world experience.

From classmates to Presidents, our Young Reporters have gotten... Read more

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Hundreds of millions of people across the United States, Europe and Central Asia endured heat waves and record-setting temperatures starting July 19.

Things were already hot here in Arizona and the Southwest, but high pressure domes, which turn up the heat, covered much of the country,... Read more

Map of the desert Southwest’s rivers, lakes and canals  Colorado River Facts: • Length: 1,450 miles • Average width: 300 feet • Maximum depth: 85 feet • States it flows through: 7
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Few things are as iconic in the American Southwest as the Colorado River. It is the sixth longest river in the country and flows through 11 national parks and monuments—including Grand Canyon National Park.

The Colorado River is sometimes called the hardest working river in the West as it... Read more

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Where can you find everything from Thomas Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream recipe to more than 140,000 comic books?

At the Library of Congress—the largest library in the world! The library houses millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps, and manuscripts in its collections... Read more

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Antarctica is the Earth’s southern most continent and has no indigenous inhabitants. While many explorers speculated over the existence of a “southern land,” the... Read more