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Patrons learn about Earth's magnetic field and the animals that use magnetic homing (detecting patterns in Earth's magnetic field to find their way over long distances) by creating a "turtle" and a magnetic map of its habitat.

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Hints for uses in your library This is a fun STEAM activity that combines art and science!
Related Links American Geosciences Institute
Science Friday
NASA: Representation of Earth's Invisible Magnetic Field
NASA: Modeling Earth's Magnetism
National Geographic: How do Sea Turtles Find the Exact Location Where They Were Born?
NPR: Magnetic Fields are a Big Predictor of a Loggerhead Turtle's Genes ()
Originating Source Earth Science Week
Photo Credit: NASA Schematic illustration of Earth's magnetic field by Peter Reid, The University of Edinburgh
Related Books
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Sea Turtles by Kate Riggs (https://www.worldcat.org/title/sea-turtles/oclc/867716070&referer=brief_results);
Sea Turtles by Nancy Furstinger (https://www.worldcat.org/title/sea-turtles/oclc/904081885&referer=brief_results);
How Pigeons and Other Animals Sense Magnetic Fields by Ryan Nagelhout
The Homing Instinct: The Story and Science of Migration

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Earth's Magnetic Field

Earth's Magnetic Field

Patrons learn about Earth's magnetic field and the animals that use magnetic homing (detecting patterns in Earth's magnetic field to find their way over long distances) by creating a "turtle" and a magnetic map of its habitat.