Week of November 11, 2001

Wow! This Place is Huge!

Race over to www.montanakids.com and check out Montana Is for Kids. There aren't many states in the U.S. where the temperature drops 100 degrees in one day and the animals are as plentiful as the people, but Montana has it all. Future historians can use this site to learn about the Battle of Little Big Horn, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and Gen. George A. Custer. Nature lovers can enjoy Montana's beautiful outdoors in the Things to See and Do section. This site also highlights many tourist attractions found in Montana, including famous ghost towns and archeology sites. You can also tap into the wealth of resources Montana has to offer in the Agriculture and Business section. Don't worry about speeding around this Web site. Montana recently raised its speed limits.

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On The Line

Put your toe On the Line at www.ontheline.co.uk/explore/ expindex.htm. This site celebrates the lives of people who live along the Meridian line. Eight countries are featured, including the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Algeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo and Ghana. Also, learn about the oceans, rain forests and deserts of each country. Be sure to visit the beautiful slide shows. (This site is no longer available.)

Recycle Now!

Go Dumpster-diving at Garbage, the trashiest place on the Internet at www.learner.org/exhibits/garbage. This site is dedicated to dumping the problems of solid and hazardous wastes and sewage. Try the shrinking-a-landfill exercise in the Global Efforts section by reducing waste while staying within your $50,000 budget. A clean Earth is up to you. Don't waste time. Visit this site today. (This site is no longer available.)

If your best friend does something illegal, what would you do?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How are sea shells made? -- Daniel, Monroe, La.

Dear Daniel: Shells are made by the creatures that live in them. According to http://coa.acnatsci.org/conchnet/edushell.html mollusks and crustaceans have tiny shells when they hatch. Their shells grow when they secrete calcium carbonate from a part of their body called the mantle. Each shell is unique to its creator. The shells' colors depend on the food available to creatures and the chemicals in the water. Some creatures, such as hermit crabs, live in shells that other creatures have abandoned. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: How do lava lamps work? -- Martin, Newton, Kan.

Dear Martin: HowStuffWorks has some helpful info about lava lamps at www.howstuffworks.com/question36.htm The two liquids in a lava lamp have to be close in density and insoluble. The denser of the two liquids sinks to the bottom. When the lamp is heated, the sunken liquid expands, decreasing its density, and it rises to the top. Then it cools and sinks and starts the process over again.

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