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And as it cycles from the air to the land to the sea and back again, water shapes our planet—and nearly every aspect of our lives. Its force and abundance are the backdrop of our lives. Salty or fresh, water is everywhere—falling from the skies, rushing to the sea, lapping the shores, deep within the Earth—cycling in volumes that boggle the mind.


Every single day, even when the sun is shining on you, vast amounts of water are falling as rain all over Earth. Every single year, more than 40, cubic kilometers nearly 10, cubic miles of water pour from Earth's rivers into the sea. Some experts think the amount of water locked in the minerals of Earth's mantle is many times that held by all our oceans. Fresh water makes up only three percent of the water on Earth's surface—and often, places with the most people have the least water.

About two-thirds of Earth's fresh water is ice, and much of the remainder is locked underground. A mere fraction of a percent of Earth's water supports all life on land. Yet all too often we mistreat that precious fraction…and there is no more.

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Our actions can condemn many of Earth's creatures—our fellow humans among them—to diminished lives and sometimes even to extinction. Puzzles, games, and great science content engage kids of all ages—and make this a souvenir they'll treasure. Looking for the answers to the Fill-in-the-Blank activity in the guide? How much do you know about the Earth's little neighborhood within the vast universe?

Take a virtual tour of our solar system to explore its many mysteries. Then put your new-found knowledge to the test.

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Explore these stories by looking at igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. How do your fossil-sorting skills stack up? Put them to the test with this kid-friendly online puzzle.

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Ever wonder how scientists can look at a bunch of bones and draw what a dinosaur looked like? Learn their five-step trick. What would it be like to bite like a saber-toothed cat? Or to gnaw like a beaver? Explore other mammals' teeth with this matching game and coloring book! How do how gazelles jump straight up into the air from a standstill?

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And why do dolphins swim differently than fish? DeLong, George Bowen Hall donor 1, , p. Dean, Bashford Curator for hall 1, , p. Doncourt, Tom associated dates: Emmanuel, George Funder, "Thetis" Expedition, 1, , p. Ferraro, Tory associated dates: Foehrenbach, Lindsay associated dates: Frankfurt, Nicholas associated dates: Friedman, Laura associated dates: Gargano, Perry associated dates: Harvey, David, Exhibition Department, supervised exhibition work for renovation 6, , p.

James Stewart and Company Construction contract for original hall 1, , p. Jaques, Francis Lee associated dates: Jennings, Oliver Gould Hall donor 1, , p.


Kalmenoff, Matthew Diorama background artist 5, , p. Kaplan, David associated dates: Langis, Dina Project Manager, renovation 6, , p. Frederic Augustus Curator responsible for development of original hall 1, , p. Matsuda, Karl associated dates: McCornack, David associated dates: Milstein, Paul, Hall donor 2.

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Miner, Roy Waldo Curator, preparator, and expedition member for hall 1, , p. Morgan, Junius Spencer Museum trustee, hall donor 1, , p. Mueller, Herman Oskar Artist, models in hall 1, , p. Murtha, Sean associated dates: Nissen, Timothy associated dates: Prepartor and expedition member 1, , p. Phil Fraley Productions, Inc. Hall donor 1,, p. Funder, Phipps Bahamian Expedition 1, , p. Research Casting International Project Manager, renovation 6, , p. Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition Expedition collected specimens for hall 1, , p.