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Skiers and tourists in the heated pool at Sun Valley Lodge (Idaho).

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The Boston Brownies, so named from the tan resulting from the daily swims they take in Boston Harbor.

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Detasslers bite their nails in anticipation as they wait to find out how much money they’ve made. Detassling crews put in long, tough days during the summer as they remove the tassels from seed corn. (Seed corn is harvested and then planted by farmers to grow corn for livestock feed, food additives, and ethanol production.)

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Detassling crews put in long, tough days during the summer as they remove the tassels from seed corn. (Seed corn is harvested and then planted by farmers to grow corn for livestock feed, food additives, and ethanol production.)

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A teenager looks through the screen door at his family’s ranch in Nebraska’s Sandhills.

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Nebraskans look out over an approaching storm at Burwell’s Big Rodeo.

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Two young contestants in the Mount Pleasant, Utah Pioneer’s Pageant struggle with an aspiring “animal actor.”

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Members of a Wayne State College fraternity are transformedinto the “Chickendale” Dancers at the Wayne Chicken festival in Nebraska.

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The Phelps County (NE) Fair’s demolition derby always draws a good crowd.

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A dead bowhead whale lies on the beach in Kaktovik. The village is allowed by law to take three whales each fall for the meat and baleen. First the whale is washed with a front-end loader, then butchering begins.

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Miss Top of the World waves to the crowd during the July 4th celebration in Barrow, the North Slope’s largest village. Barrow is home to 5,000 people, half of the total on the Slope.

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The feet of photographer Joel Sartore were covered in mosquitoes within five minutes of removing his boots. Small insects may be a nuisance, but are critical in anchoring the bottom of the food chain during the short summer season on the North Slope.

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Joel Sartore in a tree blind in Madidi. One of his guides lies on the floor, sick with an infection.

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Photographer Joel Sartore inches his way toward a juvenile caiman in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park.

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Termites are drawn in hordes to the light from a single candle in Madidi National Park, Bolivia.

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Photographer Joel Sartore learns that thriving insect populations mean a healthy ecosystem in Madidi National Park.

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The banana slug is just one member of the biodiverse community on Clayoquot Sound (Vancouver Island), British Columbia.

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Salt Creek tiger beetles mating in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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A blue morpho butterfly clings to a walking palm tree in Madidi National Park, Bolivia.

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Pierid butterflies drawn into the salt and minerals on a beach along the Tuichi River in Madidi National Park, Bolivia.

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A sunflower starfish surrounded by boots on the floor of a boat moving through Clayoquot Sound, near Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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A female sockeye salmon guards her nest in the Kennedy River on Vancouver Island, BC.

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A natural gas plant next to a cemetery in Bloomfield, NM.

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A methane fire burns under a rancher’s land near Decker, MT. The underground water that once kept the flame in check has been drained off during coal bed methane development, so the fire now shows at the surface.

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The crew of a coal bed methane drilling rig in Wyoming. While harmful to the environment, gas drilling provides jobs to the locals — at least, while the gas lasts.

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A flare erupts at a natural gas well near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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The BLM office in Buffalo, WY approved 3000 natural gas drilling permits in 2004, generating a small mountain of paperwork.

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Misters send the water drained off during coal bed methane drilling airborne on a development near Gillette, WY.

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Lightning illuminates the sky over Adobe Town in Wyoming’s Red Desert area. Once proposed for a wilderness designation, the area is now slated for coal bed methane development.

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Hunters with their day’s take, a mule deer, near Choteau, MT. Outdoorsmen have joined forces with environmentalists on the Rocky Mountain front to protect the region from coal bed methane drilling.

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“Flying fish” (minnows) over the Powder River in Wyoming, an ecosystem threatened by coal bed methane development.

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A homeowner in the powder river basin holds up a glass of water from a now unusable well. The well’s contents turned into a methane slurry after coal bed methane development began nearby.

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Aerial of the Jonah Field natural gas drilling area near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Coal bed methane drilling near this house near Rifle, CO scared off the local elk herd and destroyed the property value.

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Managers at the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR must use controlled fire to kill invasive woody species and keep the prairie healthy.

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