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Haleakala National Park

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     challenging words:    ranger-led, sub-tropical, landforms, species, volcanic, unique, volcano, environment, overnight, view, name, defend, certain, alien, lived, summit
     content words:    Haleakala National Park, Hawaiian Islands, United States, Milky Way


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Haleakala National Park
By Meg Leonard
  

1     Haleakala is the name of a volcano. It is in Hawaii. It is on the island of Maui. Haleakala National Park is here. There are many different landforms here. You can find bare volcanic landscapes. They are near the top of Haleakala volcano. You can explore sub-tropical rain forests. There is much to see.
 
2     Many unique species live at Haleakala. Many of these do not live anywhere else in the world. The Hawaiian Islands have always been islands. They were never a part of any other land. It would be hard for plants or animals to come here from other places. The Islands are far from any other land. Some new species have found their way to the islands. They have had to adapt to their new home. They are called alien species. An alien species is one that does not belong in the new environment. Some alien species harm the native species. A native species is one that has lived in a certain place for a long time. The native species are not able to defend themselves. They can get new diseases from the alien species. There can be other threats. Many animals and plants here are endangered species. There are more endangered species here than any other national park in the United States.
 
3     There are many ways to explore Haleakala. There .....
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