Gunung Leuser National Park – Paradise Lost

Logging, road construction, and palm-oil plantations eat away at Gunung Leuser National Park in Indonesia, one of the world’s largest remaining tropical rainforests and most diverse wildlife habitats. Global warming is also a growing threat, because island nations like Indonesia will be...

The Okefenokee Swamp-The Murky Mysteries

The Okefenokee Swamp is wild, but far from untouched. Human activities from  logging  to  upstream  development  have  unbalanced  the  swamp’s  delicate  ecosystem. Peat  is  filling  in  the  wetlands,  threatening  to  destroy  the  natural  habitat  of...

Antelope Canyon

The spectacular Antelope Canyon has been described by landscape photographers as "a place of celebration for the eye, mind, and spirit." This little-known sandstone canyon is a natural work of art where light, color,...

Kootenai River-Damming the Sacred River

Kootenai Wetlands in I Daho were almost decimated by agricultural development; part of the wetlands is now being restored by environmental groups. In Montana, the endangered and aging white sturgeon population has stopped spawning due to loss of habitat caused by the Libby Dam; unless...

Antarctica-The Frozen Continent

In Antarctica, global warming is raising sea temperatures, melting sea ice, and threatening marine life and four penguin species by destroying habitat and disrupting the food chain. Antarctica has also become an increasingly popular...

The Galapagos Islands-Nature’s Laboratory

Legions of tourists who visit the GalApagos each year have helped and hurt the islands' delicate ecosystem. But despite laws to protect the Galapagos, increased land and sea tourism, population growth (which brings pollution...

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is unquestionably one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Situated high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the clear blue waters of this pristine alpine lake are ringed by stunning...

Glacier National Park-Melting Under the Big Sky

Global warming is melting the glaciers that give Glacier National Park its name and much of its spectacular scenery. By  2030, they all could be gone. Meanwhile, the retreating ice is dramatically altering the alpine ecosystem,...

Mount Shasta – Volcanic Energy and Spiritual Power

A colossus of four volcanic cones, the highest rising 14,162 feet above the flats of upper Northern California, Mount Shasta is the crown jewel of the Cascades, a snowcapped peak that is one of...

The Lost Sea

The Lost Sea is the largest underground lake in the United States. It lies deep within a cave system called Craighead Caverns, in the mountains of east Tennessee. The actual caverns have provided shelter...

Ha Ha Tonka

High on a bluff above the Lake of the Ozarks, the tall, white stone skeleton of a fire-ruined, 60-room mansion stands as a lonely reminder of an earlier age. Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka State...

The Shores of Biscayne Bay-Last Stand of the Mangroves

Mangroves are a crucial element of Florida's ecosystem. Mangrove stands used to line the coast, until hotel developers started ripping them out to gain access to the shores for high-rises and swimming beaches. Today, it’s illegal...

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