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  1. Geology of Illinois

    Parts of Illinois were once covered with glacial ice sheets. Learn how glaciers and other Earth processes shaped the land. Box includes photographs, rock and soil specimens, and maps. Learn More
  2. Pebbles, How Shaped by Erosion

    Investigate the long, complicated process of rock erosion that produces pebbles, and eventually, sand and soil. You will also get a glimpse of different geological patterns through diagrams and rock samples. Learn More
  3. Origin of Coal

    Discover the incredibly time consuming process nature uses to create coal. Closely linked to fossilization, the various stages of coal production are displayed in samples here. Learn More
  4. Prairie Life

    A prairie is a unique ecological system that supports diverse plants and animals that depend upon each other for survival. Take a nature walk around your school to predict what plants' root systems look like underground and compare them with the prairie plant specimens in this box. Examine prairie mammals and birds up close to connect their physical characteristics with the prairie ecosystem. A few items in some of these boxes are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and may only be borrowed by educational institutions that are open to the general public and are non-profit (such as a public or charter school), but may not be borrowed by private individuals or institutions without a special permit. If you have any questions about whether you or your institution qualify to borrow this box without a permit, please contact us. Learn More
  5. Interior of the Earth

    Dig underneath the Earth's surface to get a glimpse of the great stratification found there. Examine the surface and notice how much denser and more compact the inward layers become. Learn More

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