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Overview of the Powder River near Gillette, WY. The area has been heavily roaded since coal bed methane development began.

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Overview of the Powder River near Gillette, WY. The area has been heavily roaded since coal bed methane development began.

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A beaded stream caused by permafrost and snow melt. (Colville River Watershed)

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A river winds through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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The Colville River Delta on Alaska’s North Slope, an area rich in wildlife.

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A tributary of the Colville River runs rich with fall color in the center of the Slope. This area is so far removed from civilization that it’s very possible nobody alive has ventured there before. The North Slope is home to more areas of true wilderness than anywhere else in the United States.

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A tributary of the Colville River runs rich with fall color in the center of the Slope.

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Polygon-shaped water formations line the Colville River delta, making it one of the best places in North America for breeding birds.

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Fireworks explode over the Charles River in time with a Boston Pops performance on July 4th.

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Fireworks explode over the Charles River in time with a Boston Pops performance on July 4th.

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Fireworks explode over the Charles River in time with a Boston Pops performance on July 4th.

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A native mother and her child bathe in the Tuichi River, a tributary of the Amazon, in Madidi National Park, Bolivia.

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A native mother and her child bathe in the Tuichi River, a tributary of the Amazon, in Madidi National Park, Bolivia.

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A native mother and her child bathe in the Tuichi River, a tributary of the Amazon, in Madidi National Park, Bolivia.

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Working in Madidi National Park in Bolivia can be both a rewarding and exhausting experience, as photographer Joel Sartore demonstrates.

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Dead salmon on the Kulik River near Katmai National Park and Preserve. Grizzly bears pack this river every year and gorge themselves on the migrating salmon.

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Beaver-worked trees stand along the banks of the Sun River in Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front.

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Beaver-worked trees stand along the banks of the Sun River in Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front.

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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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A split-hull hopper dredge opens up in the Gulf of Mexico and dumps silt from erosion that has been deposited in the Mississippi. The river is constantly dredged near the city ofNew Orleans to keep it open to shipping and barge traffic.The silt from that dredging is most often dumped in the Gulf of Mexico.

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A child plays on a tree swing over the Capim River in the Brazilian Amazon. Villagers here live in poverty after selling their forests to logging companies for little cash.

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A typical river boat makes its way up the Capim River in the Brazilian Amazon.

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