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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Chincua Mountain near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle–Already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Chincua Mountain near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle–Already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underground in a Halite mountain near the town of Zipaquira, in Cundinamarca, Colombia.

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The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underground in a Halite mountain near the town of Zipaquira, in Cundinamarca, Colombia.

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The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underground in a Halite mountain near the town of Zipaquira, in Cundinamarca, Colombia.

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The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underground in a Halite mountain near the town of Zipaquira, in Cundinamarca, Colombia.

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A man wears a mask at the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underground in a Halite mountain near the town of Zipaquira, in Cundinamarca, Colombia.

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The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underground in a Halite mountain near the town of Zipaquira, in Cundinamarca, Colombia.

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A scene of Hong Kong shot from Ocean Park, Hong Kong, China.

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Clear-cuts and remnants of rain forest flank the Vanduzi waterfall, on the east side of Mount Gorongosa. The mountain was added to the national park in 2010, but thousands of people still live on it. Many cut firewood to burn for heat and cooking, and many practice slash-and-burn agriculture.

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Scouting Mount Gorongosa in advance of the bioblitz, E. O. Wilson examines the insects caught in a net he swept through the grass.

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San Cristobal Island, part of Galapagos National Park.

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San Cristobal Island, part of Galapagos National Park.

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San Cristobal Island, part of Galapagos National Park.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Santa Catalina Island fox (Urocyon littoralis catalinae). The foxes were trapped for an island-wide population estimate, as well as for vaccinations and various studies.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Santa Catalina Island fox (Urocyon littoralis catalinae). The foxes were trapped for an island-wide population estimate, as well as for vaccinations and various studies.

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Two biologists catch snakes in the Ozarks of southern Missouri.

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Two biologists catch snakes in the Ozarks of southern Missouri.

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Wasatch Range and Brigham City, Utah, one of a string of Mormon communities originally settled by handpicked craftsmen, laborers, and school teachers, who arrived in 1847, redirecting mountain streams for farming.

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Surrounded by a mountain of maroon sweatshirts, top seamstress Rolanda Vasquez Hernandez assembles more sweatshirts to add to the pile. The sign above her head indicates that she meets or exceeds 100 percent of her production goal at the Nova/Link plant, a “maquiladora,” or assembly plant.

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Pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana) travel a road in the Modoc Plateau of northern California to avoid heavy snow.

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A wire fence keeps elk (Cervus canadensis) on Elk National refuge land and from roaming into the town of Jackson, Wyoming.

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A rancher on horseback in Idaho’s snow-blanketed Salmon Valley at dusk.

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A mountain biker and tire tracks that threaten to destroy living desert crust near Arches National Park, Utah.

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Traffic light at the corner of Main and Church streets in Salmon, Idaho.

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A young man carries his girlfriend away after graduating from high school in Salmon, Idaho.

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South of Los Angeles the implacable sprawl of single-family homes like these has reached critical mass. Or so think local environmentalists, who are challenging new developments to safeguard dwindling parcels of coastal sage scrub, habitat of the California gnatcatcher. Increasingly, developers compromise by setting aside land for imperiled species.

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Portrait of a cattleman through a windshield standing with his horse on Hot Spings ranch north of Salmon, Idaho.

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