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Planet Earth, the Big Blue Marble

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Planet Earth, the Big Blue Marble
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A Short Reader

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.64

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    antarctica, benefits, mass, deserts, harmful, space, rays, seen, caption, atmosphere, surface, kill, near, solar, than, since
     content words:    Blue Marble, If Earth


Planet Earth, the Big Blue Marble
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Caption: Earth as seen from space. The white swirls are clouds. Blue oceans cover about 71% of Earth's surface. Credit: NASA
 
2     From space, planet Earth looks like a big blue glass marble. At least it did to the astronauts of the Apollo 17 space mission. One of the astronauts took this picture of Earth on December 7, 1972. The picture is called "the Blue Marble." Since then, the picture has been used in many places. It may have been seen by more people than any other photograph on Earth!
 
3     Earth's beautiful blue color comes from its oceans. About 71 percent, or a little less than three-fourths, of Earth's surface is covered with water. In the picture, you can also see brown deserts and green forests. Antarctica is the icy, white mass near the bottom. The white swirls are clouds in Earth's atmosphere.

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Earth
             Earth


Science
             Science


    Careers in Science  
 
    Caring for Earth  
 
    Clouds  
 
    Dinosaurs  
 
    Earth's Land  
 
    Earth  
 
    Earthquakes  
 
    Electricity  
 
    Energy  
 
    Erosion  
 
    Food Pyramid  
 
    Food Webs and Food Chain  
 
    Forces and Motion  
 
    Fossils  
 
    Health and Nutrition  
 
    How Things Work  
 
    Landforms  
 
    Life Science  
 
    Light  
 
    Magnets  
 
    Matter  
 
 
    Moon  
 
    Natural Disasters  
 
    Photosynthesis  
 
    Plant and Animal Cells  
 
    Plants  
 
    Rocks and Minerals  
 
    Science Process Skills  
 
    Scientific Notation  
 
    Seasons  
 
    Simple Machines  
 
    Soil  
 
    Solar System  
 
    Sound  
 
    Space and Stars  
 
    Sun  
 
    Tsunami  
 
    Volcanoes  
 
    Water Cycle  
 
    Water  
 
    Weather  
 



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