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Mammoth Cave, Spinning Jenny

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Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh an American astronomer because it was thought a planet had disturbed the orbits of Uranus and Neptune. It was considered the ninth planet until 2006 when it was renamed a dwarf planet.

11-year old girl names Pluto
Venetia Burney, an 11-year-old schoolgirl in Oxford, England submitted the name Pluto. She suggested the name became Pluto comes from the name of the god of the Underworld in Roman mythology. Pluto was given this name because it is so far from the Sun that it is in perpetual darkness.

Sinagua farmers lived in these caves between A.D. 1200 and 1450. Photo by Myrna Martin

Native American Sinagua farmers lived in these
caves near Sedona, Arizona. Myrna Martin

Caves are holes in the ground that are usually hollowed out by water. Rainwater trickles through the caves dissolving the minerals in the rocks. The dissolving minerals form pockets, hollows and tunnels usually in the rocks. Caves form when there is adequate precipitation, enough plants and animals producing carbon dioxide and gentle hills that allow the water to drain slowly. The caves in the picture above were sand in sandstone. Native American farmers built homes in the caves and lived there from A.D. 1200 – 1450.

Mammoth Cave was discovered in 1799 and is the longest known cave system in the world. The entire cave system has 560 km of caves and passages. The longest underwater cave system in the world is the Nohoch Nah Chich system in Mexico. Over 51 km of underwater passages have been mapped.

The skeleton is the bones that provide the framework supporting the body and hold the different parts together. There are 206 bones in the adult human body. The baby’s skeleton contains 300 or more bones. Some of these bones fuse (join) together as the baby grows.

Genghis Khan was one of the most feared conquerors in history. He was a Mongol leader whose name means “lord of all.”  Genghis Khan led an army of 250,000 men. His army had more than one million horses. The soldiers lived on a diet of smoked sheep meat and dried milk. The Mongol Empire as the largest continuous land empire of all time.

The spinning jenny was created in 1764 by a Lancashire weaver.

The spinning jenny was created
in 1764 by a Lancashire weaver.

The Industrial Revolution began with the invention of machines like the spinning jenny, water wheel, and steam engines that drove machines. The spinning jenny was created in 1764 by a Lancashire weaver. It was designed to help cottage weavers to quickly spin wool or cotton fibers into yarn or thread. His design used lots of spindles at once turned by a single wheel. A seed drill was invented that made holes and planted seeds in them. This process greatly speeded up the planting process for farmers.

The steam engine was developed in the 1780s by James Watt to drive machines with steam instead of water. The steam engine quickly replaced water as the main source of power in factories. The discovery in 1784 by Henry Cort of a method to remove impurities in cast iron to make wrought iron. Wrought iron became a key material that fueled the Industrial Revolution.

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