The Monarchs are in Michigan!

Yesterday I was very excited to see my first monarch caterpillars of the year on Michigan State University’s campus, in the 4-H Children’s Garden.  The first monarch butterflies were only sighted in Michigan in mid-May, but the vast majority were sighted the past two weeks, as seen on the Journey North maps created by reports …

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A ’64 quake still reverberates

In 1964, when the Good Friday quake occurred in Alaska at a magnitude of 9.2 (the most powerful earthquake recorded in North America), scientists didn’t know that earthquakes were caused by plate tectonics.  This seems crazy now, since it doesn’t seem like very long ago, but earthquake science is very new. A geologist named George Plafker had …

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The end of snow?

Did you know that Sochi wasn’t able to hold test skiing events in February 2013 because the ski trails were brown and bare in certain areas?  (Sochi stored last winter’s snow under insulated blankets until this year just to make sure there would be enough snow for the Olympics.) Or that only about half of …

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