Last Saturday September 6th, residents of Nicaragua's capital city Managua heard a loud boom that appears to have been a meteorite crashing into the woods outside the city! Believed to be a small piece of an asteroid that was passing relatively close to Earth, the meteorite left a 40 foot crater in the ground. Experts are still investigating whether the meteorite disintegrated on impact, or is yet to be found. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29106843
We just saw an interesting article on what kids learn from collecting and wanted to share it with you! It seems kids and collecting just go together!
The article presents some good basic skills your child can pick up while managing their collections. We wanted to add one more detail though, even if it may seem obvious....Children learn about the actual items being collected! Obviously we have designed The World's Most Fascinating Rock Collection to maximize the rock education, but no matter what the collection, you may be surprised to see how much your child will learn about every little item they add to their favorite collections!
We happen to have children who love collecting, in fact we often joke that they collect collections! However, we've always enjoyed supporting their collections because we know that each item in the collection deepens understanding of the collected subject. Whether coins, trains, stamps, seashells, toys, animals, books or rocks, we are constantly amazed at the information children can find and retain in regards to their beloved collections!
Some collections have been short lived; we collected spoons for a while (which I thought was a great tie-in to geography studies) but that didn't stick! Others have been growing for years; we have A LOT of rocks and rock related items (of course!)
Either way, we have learned a bunch about each collection! We love to see our children bring us the newest addition and excitedly explain what makes each new piece so incredibly cool!
What Kids Learn From Collecting Article Link - Click Here
Collecting seashells on California's coast
This fascinating rock is one of the World's most famous! It is a huge granite formation in California's Yosemite National Parknamed Half Dome (for obvious reasons!) It was shaped by both fire (volcanic processes) and ice (glacial erosion.)
Although hiking the trail up Half Dome is 900 feet of difficulty and danger, many people still want to climb it! The park issues up to 350 permits for climbers a day.
Read more about this famous fascinating rock at: http://www.myyosemitepark.com/2011/12/granite-domes/
141 feet below sea level.
3.2 miles long.
Less than 0 degrees Celsius.
Fascinating gypsum walls.
The Orda Cave in Russia is one of the longest underwater caves in the world and THE largest gypsum cave in the world! The gypsum rich cave walls filter the water, making it transparent. It is clear enough for divers to see 50 yards ahead.
See spectacular images of Orda Cave here: