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Science Club sponsors trip: American Museum of Natural History

By Stacey Suero—

The Museum of Natural History is a place where it is filled with historical artifacts and shows an incredible display of cosmetic stars and planets. It is a museum that does not disappoint as it takes you to a whole new world when you explore it. I had the chance to experience this wonderful place by going on a field trip hosted by the PCCC Science Club on November 16, 2019. Everyone needs a chance to experience this wondrous place.

An incredible place to see was where all the dinosaurs were displayed. From the Ornithischian dinosaur, who were a plant eating sauropsids (reptiles) to Saurischian dinosaur, those were giant plant eating sauropods and the carnivorous theropods. There were more incredible dinosaurs to see and more!

The wildlife at the museum was an interesting sight to see. Realistic animals from the Alaska brown bear (who are extreme Omnivores, might I add!) to the Musk Ox (fyi, their furs are extremely long, comfy for the winter time!), the Natural History Museum has shown an incredible display of all the animals around the world. The museum explains as to where all the animals came from and how they are today!

The museum shows an incredible display of all the animals that are unimaginable to this day!

Now let’s talk about something a little icky and a little incredible, The insect life! Now I know numerous people are not fond of bugs. However, these wonderful little creatures are a part of life! From mosquitoes who suck your blood to the painted lady butterfly that fly about in the summer, these creatures can either make you scream for help or be an awe with delight.

Now let’s talk about the earth’s mysterious part of life, the ocean’s sea creatures! Standing only 94 feet long is the world’s biggest mammal, give it up for the blue whale! Their tongues can weigh up to as much as an elephant! Now that’s incredible, now I’m just wondering if you can speak whale like Dory from Finding Nemo? From the biggest mammal in the world to the smallest, what’s the smallest mammal, you ask? It’s the marine otter, of course! Scientifically known as Lontra felina, this cute mammal can live its entire life without leaving the water. Wouldn’t that be nice!?

Now last but not least, let’s talk about a place where we all live! The earth! The earth has been around for 4.543 billion years, now that is a very long time! From the stone age to the 21st century, the earth has been through a lot. Here’s an interesting fact, earth is made up of Iron, Oxygen, and Silicon. If you separate the earth into materials, you would get 32.1% iron, 30.1% oxygen, 15.1% silicon, and 13.9% magnesium. Another cool fact that the earth’s atmosphere extends to a distance of 10,000km, it’s made up of five layers: the Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Thermosphere, and the Exosphere.

One last cool fact is that the earth doesn’t take 24 hours, it is actually 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4 seconds for the earth to rotate. Does that mean the day is shorter by 4 minutes? Wouldn’t it add up day by day, and within a few months, day would be night, and night would be day? Not necessarily. Because the earth orbits around the sun, so the sun moves compared to the stars by about 1°, if we add up the earth orbiting the sun, as well as the rotation on its axis, you get a total of 24 hours. That’s pretty incredible, isn’t it?

The Natural History Museum is a place that everyone should get to experience once in awhile to explore what the museum has to offer for the people! To learn and have fun along the way! And to have an incredible experience they will never forget!

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