Secrets at Sea
Now you can explore the many mysteries of the ocean at Secrets@Sea, a way-cool Shockwave Web site. Dive in at www.secretsatsea.org and prepare yourself for an interactive, underwater experience. Your mission is to get to the bottom of some strange behaviors found in killer whales in the Alanamorris Strait. During this journey, you can dig for treasures on the surface of the ocean's floor, as well as unscramble coded messages, hunt for creature cards and learn more through your own field guide. For a combination of scientific learning and fun, Secrets@Sea is worth getting wet.

Science For Kids You thought science was cool before. Pour one unit of www.ars.usda.gov/is/kids into your cyber-test tube and check out Sci4Kids. The first thing you'll see is a colorful, wacky drawing. Click on anything in the picture and enter a new lab with each click. Click on the bug, and you're counting aphids with the entomologists. Click on the satellite, and take off for Mars. And if you really want to be amazed, click on the little microscope for a hyper-magnified, way-cool view of the world. With lots of links and fun interactivity, you'll be tinkering with this site for hours. If you're into plants, lasers, outer space, bugs, the environment--whatever--there's a lab coat with your name on it at Sci4 Kids.

Toronto Zoo
Lions and tigers and polar bears. Oh my! Head for the great white north to the Toronto Zoo Web site at www.torontozoo.com. You'll get the lowdown on the zoo's wide range of exhibits, from the South African Fur Seals to the "Underground Zoo," where visitors get to peer into the interior of a beaver's lodge. Or find out about the new arrivals at the zoo, such as the blue poisonous dart frog and the Pygmy hippopotamus. The site is also home to a great "Kids Korner," where you'll find animal jokes and some pretty cool artwork. You can even draw a picture of your visit to the zoo and submit it to the site. Answer the call of the wild. Join the zoo crew today.

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1. How does the Secrets@Sea field guide define "tide"?

the rise and fall of the ocean
big waves
strong ocean current
2. What is the lifespan of the hippopotamus?
10 - 20 years old
35 - 50 years old
about 100 years old
3. How many pounds of fish do U.S. consumers demand yearly?
10 gazillion pounds
1 million pounds
3 billion pounds

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Dear Amy: Where can I find good maps? --Janet, Billings, Mont.
Dear Janet: One of the best sites for maps is the CIA World Factbook at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook. There are 18 detailed maps available that can be viewed online or downloaded. In addition, there is a country listing which offers profiles of the world's countries and includes information about geography, people, government, economy and much more. You can even learn about the history of The World Factbook.

Dear Amy: What's the best search engine for kids? --Brandon, Atlanta
Dear Brandon: It's sometimes confusing to know which search engine to use because there are so many of them. Many search engines offer a general search of the Web, but some are specially designed for educational sites or kids' sites. A good Web site that has a collection of search engines for you to choose from is Ivy's Search Engine Resources for Kids at www.ivyjoy.com/rayne/kidssearch.html. It states what each search engine specializes in and even offers links to other Web guides for kids. Good luck on your Web search.

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