The Snake River-White Water from Hell

When  the  kids  have  to  deliver  the  standard  what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation school  report  in  September,  there’s  an enormous  coolness  factor  in  saying,  “I white-water rafted on the Snake River.” It works even if all your family...

The Dead Sea-Doing the Dead Sea Float

The Dead Sea is drying up because it no longer receives enough water from the Jordan River and other sources to offset the rapid evaporation caused by Israel's arid climate. To save the Dead...

Caesars Head State Park

A lookout point at the top of a plunging escarpment provides great views over the Appalachian foothills. In the far northwest corner of South Carolina, rolling foothills suddenly give way to the 2,000-foot (610 meter...

The Okavanga Delta – Mokoro Cruising

The Botswana government has approved spraying insecticides to control the tsetse fly population, and studies are underway to determine the effects of spraying on other insects, birds, and fish. As global temperatures rise, the...

Madagascar-Land of the Lemurs

For generations, the practice of slashing and burning forest land has been an accepted way for impoverished locals to create farmland and feed their families. But this practice has decimated Madagascar's interior forests, and...

Ellesmare Island

Ellesmere is a vast desert island—the 10th largest island in the world, not a tropical paradise but an icy wilderness at the top of the world, a place of undulating ice fields, rugged gray-black...

Giant City

Names carved in soft sandstone walls of Giant City record visitors even before the Civil War, not surprising given the sights: Slabs of sandstone 40 feet tall stand like closely packed buildings spaced by...

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center

Orangutans are one of the most endangered species in Malaysia. Found only in Borneo and Sumatra, the orangutans’ survival is constantly threatened by loss of habitat—due to logging, burning, or agriculture—and illegal hunting. The...

Hwange National Park

Hwange is Zimbabwe's largest, best-known, and most accessible national park. It boasts more than 100 different species of animal and 400 species of birds, putting it in the front ranks of the world's wildlife...

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...

The Black Forest – A magical, fairy tale resort area

The Black Forest, synonymous with cuckoo clocks, folklore and primeval woodland punctuated by charming, gabled fairy-tale cottages, is one of the most popular tourist centres of the German countryside. The northern region, crossed by broad,...

The Vredefort Dome-Scar of an Ancient Asteroid

The Vredefort Dome in South Africa offers a unique record of the earth's geological history, which is crucial to our understanding of the planet's evolution. Erosion and geological activity that have destroyed other asteroid-impact...