EARTHQUAKE FACTS: • Turkey & Syria on Feb. 6 • 13.5 million affected • 7.8- and 7.5- magnitude quakes
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In the early morning darkness of Feb. 6, a major earthquake struck south-central Turkey, collapsing houses and multi-story apartment buildings as people slept.

First was the 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which shook the ground for 75 seconds and destroyed buildings over a huge area, including... 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

The Library of Congress crest
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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

3 penguins standing on a small block of ice floating in the sea.
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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

Urkraine map showing neighboring countries Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slo., Hun., Romania, Mol.
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Russia INVADED Ukraine on Feb. 24, and has continued relentlessly attacking the country. Some military experts say this is the largest conventional military attack in Europe since World War II ended in 1945.

Casualty reports are difficult to verify, but as of press time more than 9... Read more

Space view of the world’s strongest volcanic eruption
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The world’s strongest volcanic eruption in decades rocked Tonga, a Pacific island nation, sending DEBRIS 20 miles in the air and covering the islands in ash in an event that NASA... Read more

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Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking in North America more than 20,000 years ago!

The footprints were first spotted by... Read more

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How far back can you trace your family tree? Probably not 4,000 years!

Last month, scientists published a study identifying the genetic homeland of modern horses, finding that the animals were first DOMESTICATED around 4,200 years ago in a region that’s now part of Russia.

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The Maldives Habitat Mapping Team, Sept. 2019 Credit: Hana Amir

Arizona may be a landlocked state, but that doesn’t mean we’re not having a big impact on the ocean!

The Center for Global Discovery and Conservation is working on some groundbreaking research around the world. The... Read more