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1906 San Francisco Earthquake

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A huge earthquake rocked the West Coast on April 18, 1906. Worst hit was the city of San Francisco, where buildings collapsed and fires raged for days. Thousands of people died, and many more were left homeless. The disaster was just one of a long series of earthquakes triggered by the San Andreas Fault. It taught scientists valuable lessons about preparing for earthquakes.

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Gator Farm | America's Heartland

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Cattle, horses, or pigs are usually what you think of when you think of livestock. Well, in Florida this farm raises Alligators. Take a look at this unique niche farm and how they operate. 

Expedition 8 Crew Talks to Students in Japan

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Life aboard the International Space Station is very different from life on Earth. For example, astronauts experience a whole new perspective because they see Earth and space from above the atmosphere. In this video segment adapted from NASA, watch and listen as Expedition 8 crew members Mike Foale (Commander and NASA Science Officer) and Alexander Kaleri (Flight Engineer) are interviewed by Japanese students.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Harvesting Herring Eggs | EARTH A New Wild

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Using a method that goes back generations, fishermen in Alaska use an entirely natural method to harvest eggs from spawning herring. Use this resource to teach about sustainable farming and customs indigenous to Alaska and Canada.

I Am Ocean

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A first-hand account by indigenous storyteller Pua Case of the origin and significance of the mountain and ocean of Hawaii.

Okefenokee Swamp | Live Exploration

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Explore one of the last frontiers of true Georgia wilderness with GPB Education's live exploration of the Okefenokee Swamp. Hear from swamp experts, witness the power of the mighty alligator, and test your swamp knowledge!

Shipping on the Great Lakes: Benefits and Consequences of Exporting Goods

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Learn how Lake Michigan is used for the shipping and exporting of goods. Lake Michigan is 118 miles at its widest point, 301 miles long and is the third largest Great Lake by surface area. Today Lake Michigan continues to be a major shipping route to and from the Midwest for freighters. 

The town of Singapore, founded in the 1830’s, was one of the first establishments on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan. This town started as an entrepreneurial town to rival Chicago or Milwaukee as a lake port. It quickly became known as a busy lumbering and timbering town.

White pine lumber was in great demand all over the Midwest until October of 1871. A couple of days after the Great Chicago Fire, a big forest fire burned the western side of Michigan near Singapore and depleted the timber supply. Singapore went bankrupt because of the weakened timber supply and became a ghost town.

With Singapore becoming a ghost town and no longer a Lake Michigan shipping port, timber and leather had to find a way to be shipped to Chicago and the Midwest. The town of Saugatuck became the nearest port on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan to ship goods across Lake Michigan to Chicago and the Midwest. 

With the decline of the timber industry, due to the forest fire, fruit farming was gaining popularity. Boats were needed to ship fresh fruit and leather across Lake Michigan.

With Lake Michigan becoming a major shipping route, this led to a decline in the fishing industry. 

The opening of the Welland Canal connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, via the St. Lawrence Seaway, had positive and negative effects on the ecosystems of Lake Michigan. 

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Columbia Elementary Will Never Forget | Your Space Place

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Columbia Elementary School's teachers encourage their students to remember the history of the Columbia shuttle disaster, but also teaches them to look to the future for space and STEM advancements.

What an Awesome (Cape) View! | Your Space Place

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How well can you see rocket launches from your home? Cape View Elementary has a great view since they're so close to Cape Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center! See how else they are involved with space exploration.

Atlantis Elementary Dares to Dream! | Your Space Place

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Atlantis Elementary strives to show their students the importance of the space program by involving them in STEM programs, like their Invention Convention. See how else they are involved with learning these skills.

What Gemini Means to Gemini Elementary | Your Space Place

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Gemini has a lot of history to its name and makes sure to connect their STEM programs to the heritage. See how else they are involved with space exploration.

A Clever Endeavor? Endeavour Elementary Thinks So! | Your Space Place

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Have you ever met an astronaut? Students at Endeavour Elementary School have! Check out how the school remembers the Endeavour space shuttle.

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