Balranald-The Corncrake in the Crofts

Rising Sea Levels  Due To  Global  Warming are the leading threat to the unusual  coastal  ecosystems.  Balranald  is  home  to  machair,  a  rare  type  of  habitat  that  occurs mostly in Scotland and Ireland. Dropping sea...

Niagara Falls-The Big Spill

Everyone’s  seen  a  Kodachrome  photo  of Niagara  Falls,  that  stupendous  curve  of cascading  water  that  lies  between  the United  States  and  Canada.  It’s  one  of those  sites,  however,  to  which  postcards will never do justice: To stand on a...

The Burren-Ireland’s Moonscape.

In  the  heart  of  Ireland’s  green  and  rural County Clare lies an amazing landscape of rock  and  stony  outcroppings,  a  limestone weirdness  that  looks  as  if  you  have  just stepped onto the moon. It’s called the Burren,  from...

Arches National Park-Sculpted by Nature

More  than  2,000  imposing  natural  stone arches punctuate this sandstone plateau, almost  as  if  it  were  one  gigantic  pop-up book.  These  are  natural  formations,  the result  of  cycles  of  freezing  and  thawing rain and snow that continually dissolve the “glue”...

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Only 200 miles by road from often-overrun Yosemite   National   Park,   Sequoia   and Kings  Canyon  national  parks  still  feel  like untrammeled  wilderness.  Only  one  road, the  Generals  Highway,  loops  through  the area, and no road traverses...

Iceland-World of Fire & Ice

With  More  Than  200  Active  Volcanoes, Iceland Is  One  Of  The  Most  Volcanically active countries in the world. In some areas, basaltic sandy beaches, which result from volcanic  eruption,  threaten  to  overrun  green  areas,  and...

Purnululu National Park-The Kimberly’s Striped Secret

Purnululu  National Park Encompasses  A  Landscape  So  Culturally  Rich  And geologically unique that protecting it is considered a national priority. Although the Australian government closely controls tourist access, the stark beauty of the...

Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park

The Uluru–Kata  Tjuta  National  Park Is One  Of   The   Most  Significant Arid - Land ecosystems in the world. The park attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, but  while  increasing  tourism  helps...

The Amazon Rainforest-Paradise Lost?

Since  1970,  Scientists  Estimate,  As  Much  As  20%  Of  The AMAZON   BASIN ’ S   RAINFOREST may have disappeared, at the mercies of clear-cut logging and subsequent cattle ranching. It is said that...

The Redwood Forests of California

C LIMATE   CHANGE   THREATENS   TO   UPSET   THE   ECOLOGICAL   BALANCE   IN   THE   TEMPERATE   RAINFOREST environment where giant redwoods have thrived for millennia. And although redwoods are...

The Grand Canyon-Where the Earth Splits Open

RISING   METAL   AND   MINERAL   PRICES   WORLDWIDE   HAVE   SPARKED   A   NEW   WAVE   OF   PROSPECTING in the Old West. The number of mining claims near...

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...