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public domain

(Encyclopedia) public domain, in law, legal availability for public use, free of charge, of materials, processes, devices, skills, and plans that are not protected by copyright or…

General Land Office

(Encyclopedia) General Land Office, established (1812) in the U.S. Treasury Dept. and transferred (1849) to the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. Empowered to survey, manage, and dispose of…

Geological Survey, United States

(Encyclopedia) Geological Survey, United States, bureau organized in 1879 under the Dept. of the Interior to unify and centralize the work already undertaken by separate surveys under…

public land

(Encyclopedia) public land, in U.S. history, land owned by the federal government but not reserved for any special purpose, e.g., for a park or a military reservation. Public land is…

conservation of natural resources

(Encyclopedia) conservation of natural resources, the wise use of the earth's resources by humanity. The term conservation came into use in the late 19th cent. and referred…

Wombat Video Activity

Examining a primary source In 2011, scientists in Australia unearthed the nearly complete remains of a “giant wombat,“ or Diprotodon optatum, which roamed the Earth two million years ago.…

Recommended Online Poetry Collections

Poetry resources and poetry in the public domain compiled by David Johnson Follow, poet, follow right To the bottom of the night, With your unconstraining voice Still persuade us…

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Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who Watches the Watchmen? We here at Infoplease like to encourage source literacy—that means the ability to sort out useful sources and to identify potential bias. We…