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Sharpen Your Skills:

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Realm of Ground

Practice acknowledging Earth's realm of ground; strive to make it part of being outside. This bead gives you a simple way to relate to these basic but profound processes that are shaping Earth's surface at all times and at every scale. Make it a habit and feel more connected with Nature.

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Sense ground: feel gravity's downward pull and the solidity of ground underfoot.  See the mosaic of slopes that make up the landscape, and visible differences caused by aspect, the direction that a slope faces. This bead reminds you to directly experience the Realm of Ground and its stories through your senses.

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Focus on ground's science-based stories of tectonic uplift, weathering and erosion, and depositing sediments. This bead will help you keep them in the back of your mind to frame your experiences of ground and fit them into Earth's big narratives.

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Learn just enough about ground to turn your experiences into interactive discovery with growing insight over time. This bead sets you up for a cycle of sensing, wondering, and learning that originates with basic knowledge of different landforms and how they're created, topography's lay of the land, and the powerful influence of aspect on temperature, sunlight, erosion, and wind. These apps will help:

Web App: the National Map with topographic maps, relief, and landforms and features  

Apple / Android App: PeakFinder identifies surrounding high points along with elevation and distance

Web App: DEM viewer shows landscape as slopes, aspects, and elevation

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