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An elementary age girl lays on the ground surrounded by her toy horses.

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Vietnamese sika deer (Cervus nippon pseudaxis) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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Grant’s gazelle (Nanger granti granti) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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Grant’s gazelle (Nanger granti granti) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A medium ground finch (Geospiza fortis) on Urbina Bay, Isabela Island in Galapagos National Park.

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A large ground finch (Geospiza magnirostris) on Urbina Bay, Isabela Island, Galapagos National Park.

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A medium ground finch (Geospiza fortis) on Urbina Bay, Isabela Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Volunteers go catatonic at the snap of a hypnotist’s fingers at the Iowa state fair.

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A copper-tailings impoundment next to a housing development in Arizona threatens leeching of chemicals into groundwater as seen in the sulfide-tinged pool of rainwater.

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An interior least tern (Sterna antillarum), a federally endangered species, on its nest at the Western Sand and Gravel mine along the Platte River near Fremont, NE. Many mine companies are pausing work during the nesting season in areas this bird and other rare species use.

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A mussel shows off coal fines, the sediments from Virginia’s coal mines that wash into the rivers of Tennessee. It is thought that coal fines and the use of heavy industrial chemicals to clean coal in Viriginia are both major factors in the disappearance of rare Mussels in the Clinch and Powell Rivers, two of the last places where many rare mussels were found.

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A mussel shows off coal fines, the sediments from Virginia’s coal mines that wash into the rivers of Tennessee. It is thought that coal fines and the use of heavy industrial chemicals to clean coal in Viriginia are both major factors in the disappearance of rare Mussels in the Clinch and Powell Rivers, two of the last places where many rare mussels were found.

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A wild turkey nest (Meleagris gallopavo) near Dunbar, Nebraska.

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Wooden fence posts and depressions made in the ground mark the place of a future cattle guard in Valparaiso, NE.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens fight for dominance and position at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve. Though fights are common, the birds are seldom injured. The strongest males usually end up in the center of the booming ground, displaying and squabbling constantly with other males in case a female flies in to select a mate.

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Male Attwater’s prairie-chickens booming on a lek near Texas City, Texas.

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Male Attwater’s prairie-chickens booming on a lek near Texas City, Texas.

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Male Attwater’s prairie-chickens booming on a lek near Texas City, Texas.

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Male Attwater’s prairie-chickens booming on a lek near Texas City, Texas.

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Young boys clown around after a high school football game in Bradshaw, Nebraska.

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An ant carries more than its own weight in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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An Abyssinian Ground-hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus) at the Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kansas.

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A tomato horned worm’s (Manduca quinquemaculata) bright green color makes it stand out against the ground.

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African or jackass penguins near Cape Town, South Africa.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens (endangered) fight over the attention of nearby females on a booming ground in Texas.

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A male Attwater’s prairie-chicken (endangered) shakes off the rain. Waiting all day for females in an open pasture means exposure to the elements; in extreme weather, some birds die.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens (endangered) fight at the Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve, the last functional lek known to exist.

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