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  • Question Your World: How can we reduce plastic waste? 

    There’s a really good chance that in the last few hours you’ve encountered some single-use plastic. A grocery bag, maybe a straw, a water bottle? It’s everywhere, seemingly inescapable. Let’s take a moment to look into the continuing story of humans and plastic. How can we reduce plastic waste?

  • Volcano Types

    A volcano is a crack or opening in Earth’s outermost crust where molten rock called magma and gases can escape, spilling or falling to the surface. Geologists generally group volcanoes onto a spectrum of behavior that can be summed up by four principal types: cinder cones, stratovolcanoes, shield volcanoes and lava domes. Let's take a peek at each one.

  • Volcanoes 101

    Imagine the Earth as a hardboiled egg with a cracked shell. Liquid material inside the egg might escape through the cracks, just as can happen along cracks in the Earth’s crust. So what does this have to do with volcanoes?

  • Question Your World: Why does old fungi matter?

    Let’s talk about fungus folks! We're not talking about some fungus that popped up after a rain - we're talking about some really, really old fungus fossil remains. This brings up the next big thought - why does old fungi matter?

  • Question Your World: Why was last year so rainy?

    Last year sure felt soggy here in Richmond, VA. After looking at all the rain we got last year, scientists announced it was the second wettest year since we began keeping rainfall records here in the capital city. This trend does not just apply here; many parts of the nation got rocked with rainstorms. Why was last year so rainy?

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