Tea may grow best in Asian countries, but it is an important cultural element of diets around the world. View the remarkable tea plant up close and discover some of the steps used to process and market it. Learn More
Discover the beautiful sugar maple tree, found in the northeastern United States. Not only does the processed sap of the tree produce three quarters of the maple sugar crop, but the lumber is used in making fine floors and furniture. Learn More
Examine a spoonful of this everyday sweetener and you will find that one third of all sugar crop comes from the sugar beet. Very similar to cane sugar, the process of manufacturing beet sugar is slightly more complicated. Learn More
It takes a lot to convert cotton bolls into usable cotton fabric. Investigate the step by step process that mixes this cellulose product, that forms the basis of the cotton fabric, with shredded and treated cotton, eventually producing manufactured pyroxylin. Learn More
Ever wonder how a tree like the one in your backyard becomes the paper in your school notebook? Delve into the processing of paper from wood, only one of the materials paper is commonly made from. Learn More
Take a closer look at the intricate workings of an oil well, bearing down deep through thousands of feet of stratified rock. You will get a glimpse of the machinery as well as the tremendous power it takes to extract oil from its sandy home. Learn More
Explore the most versatile of all metals, aluminum can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can also be extruded, forged, and cast in molds. Aluminum is also often alloyed with other metals. Learn More
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