The world’s deepest zoo harbors clues to extraterrestrial life – my first piece for kids

Roundworms on a biofilm deep underground in a South African gold mine. Credit: Gaetan Borgonie

I’m excited about the publication of my first piece for kids, about the World’s Deepest Zoo, written for Science News for Students.

It covers the same topic as my Smithsonian piece from last year, i.e. life living deep beneath the Earth and the scientists who venture into underground mines in order to study them.

Of course, I had to re-report and re-write this feature for a much younger audience (about middle school level), which was quite challenging but a lot of fun. I certainly hope to write more stories for kids, I really enjoyed the process.

And perhaps it’s fitting that my first piece for kids came out after I had a kid of my own. She’ll need to be a bit older to appreciate it, but perhaps someday she’ll enjoy reading it 🙂


Also published on Medium.

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