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Active pit at White River Quarry in Enumclaw, Wash. The dark rocks on the bottom are old basalt lava flows, and the upper, lighter layer is formed of more recent deposits of volcanic ash. Smithsonian photo by Don Hurlbert.
by Adam Blankenbicker -- Jan 5, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to travel with five geologists to unique sites around the country to understand more about the diverse geologic...

Lake at Golden Gate Quarry. Photo by Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian.
by Adam Blankenbicker -- Apr 6, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to travel with five geologists to unique sites around the country to understand more about the diverse geologic...

Students apply their new skills to solve the final challenge in the “Dig Deep” school program. Photo NHB2014-01468 by Leah M. McGlothern, Smithsonian.
by Adam Blankenbicker -- Aug 27, 2014

Most of us don’t look at a phone, a car, or a building and think, “Where on Earth did they find the materials to build that?” Even if we do think...

Bees and other pollinators are the focus of National Pollinator Week, June 15-21, 2015. Photo by Rosa Pineda, Smithsonian Institution.
by Lauren Tuzzolino -- Jun 10, 2015

No celebration would be as festive or delicious without the contributions of pollinators and the plants they pollinate. The importance of the...

These cassiopea polyps, which will grow to become jellyfish, are feeding on brine shrimp eggs. See live jellyfish and crabs at the World Ocean Day celebrations, June 7-8 in Q?rius. Photo by Allen Collins, Smithsonian Institution.
by Megan Chen -- Jun 2, 2015

The ocean enriches us by providing food and other natural resources, supporting many industries and jobs, and underpinning much of our culture —...

A boy shows off his hog-gut art at the 'Do You Have the Guts?' workshop. Smithsonian Institution photo.
by Colleen Popson -- Jan 29, 2015

A group of local teens and tweens got crafty with hog intestines at a recent art workshop in Q?rius. Inspired by the ingenuity of those living in...

Q?rius volunteer Haley Bryant points to some of the objects in the anthropology and archaeology section of the Margaret A. Cargill Collections Zone.
by Haley Bryant -- Apr 1, 2015

As a recent transplant to Washington, D.C., a budding anthropologist, and a future museum professional, volunteering in Q?rius has been such a...

The 'OrKID' Family Festival on Feb. 21 will feature some activities in Q?rius and other places in the Museum. Photo by Ian Chalmers.
by Jasmine Utsey -- Feb 4, 2015

Did you know that thousands of microscopic species live between sand grains on beaches around the world? Or that elephants, lions, and camels used...

Archaeologist Torben Rick studies how humans have affected biodiversity over time in California's Channel Islands. He discusses "Coastal and Island Biodiversity - Tracking Human Influences" on Jan. 13. Photo by Torben Rick.
by Jasmine Utsey -- Dec 23, 2014

We're showcasing a variety of topics to kick off the new year, including fungal spores, baby fish, and jellyfish and their kin. You can also hear...

Dana Clark gets ready to deploy the CTD tool (which measures conductivity, temperature, and depth) from the deck of the NOAA ship Fairweather. Join her Dec. 17 to learn how NOAA charts the seafloor. Photo from NOAA.
by Jasmine Utsey -- Dec 1, 2014

It might be getting cold outside, but science is HOT in Q?rius!

Teens can learn how dinosaurs evolved over time to survive, and then make...

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