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The Footsteps of Large Animals Fill Landscapes with Life

The Footsteps of Large Animals Fill Landscapes with Life

Candice Gaukel Andrews October 29, 2019 0

When you weigh anywhere from 1,000 to 14,000 pounds, you tend to leave huge, deep footprints wherever you walk. But more than just evidence of your passing through, those footprints, it turns out, can

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Grand Teton National Park Photo-Essay: from Marmots to Moose and Pikas to Pronghorn

Grand Teton National Park Photo-Essay: from Marmots to Moose and Pikas to Pronghorn

Candice Gaukel Andrews October 15, 2019 0

While there are higher mountains in North America, perhaps none are more dramatic than those in the Teton Range. Grand Teton Mountain rises almost 7,000 feet straight up from the Jackson Hole Valley, with no

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The Coolness of Zebra Stripes

The Coolness of Zebra Stripes

Candice Gaukel Andrews September 10, 2019 0

Why zebras have stripes has been a matter for scientific debate for decades. A lot of theories have been put forth, such as they’ve evolved for camouflage, to confuse the vision of biting flies,

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The Summer Shade of Trees Could Save Species

The Summer Shade of Trees Could Save Species

Candice Gaukel Andrews September 3, 2019 0

We still have three weeks until the end of a long and brutally hot summer. At times, it seems the only respite we can get outside during our picnics, state fair visits, outdoor music

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Plastics and PCBs: Ocean Pollutants Causing Big Problems

Plastics and PCBs: Ocean Pollutants Causing Big Problems

Candice Gaukel Andrews August 27, 2019 0

More than eight million tons of plastic debris end up in our oceans every year. Present in nearly every oceanic layer, plastic garbage today accounts for nearly 80 percent of all waste found in our

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New “Ghost Forests” Are a Sign of Climate Change

New “Ghost Forests” Are a Sign of Climate Change

Candice Gaukel Andrews August 20, 2019 0

Now, at the end of August, you may think that it’s about two months too early to talk about “ghost forests.” But, in fact, they have nothing to do with Halloween—and everything to do

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Greenland Whale Proves to Be the First Narwhal-Beluga Hybrid

Greenland Whale Proves to Be the First Narwhal-Beluga Hybrid

Candice Gaukel Andrews August 13, 2019 0

Finding new hybrid species in the wild—such as the pizzly in Churchill, Canada—can be exciting and a great cause for concern all at the same time. Such news is inspiring because it signals that

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Fat Is Good at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska

Fat Is Good at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska

Candice Gaukel Andrews August 6, 2019 0

Every summer, from about mid-June to mid-October, the grizzly bears at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska are featured in a live-cam show that you can watch via Explore.org. And

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