20 Alarming Photos Of The Disappearing Amazon

Disappearing Amazon

An area deforested for cattle ranching in northern Mato Grosso, Brazil. Source: Wall Street Journal

The Amazon rainforest is superlative in just about every way. It’s twice the size of India, houses at least 10 percent of the world’s known biodiversity, and typically absorbs 1.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. Its size and titles do not guarantee its permanence, however. The deforestation industry, illegal land grabbers and investment-seeking governments are wiping the Amazon out out. Market forces of globalization only hasten its death.

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The Rarest Animals On Earth

Rarest Animals Sloth Up Close

Source: Wikipedia

So what is the rarest animal on the planet? Actually, that is a surprisingly difficult question to answer. Accurately determining the number of animals in a particular species is not a walk in the park since most don’t really participate in censuses. Some animals are so rare that they might already be extinct and we just don’t know it yet. Others are extinct in the wild and can only be found in captivity. But from what we know, the four creatures featured below are as rare as prime rib.

Pygmy Three-toed Sloth

Sloth Fish

Source: List Crown

The sloth is already one of the most adorable creatures on Earth, but to be honest, it’s not really much of a survivor. You put it in any kind of dangerous situation and it is likely to perform poorly. Therefore, it shouldn’t be that surprising to find out that the pygmy three-toed sloth is critically endangered.

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7 Beautiful National Parks You Need To Visit

There are more than 400 national parks in the United States, each either representing a place of great scientific, educational or recreational value, or being known for their exceptional beauty. Covering all climates and land types, these national parks are some of the most breathtaking locales in all of the world. Here are seven lesser-known yet incredibly beautiful national parks that you should visit.

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Source: Wikimedia

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Spiraling Snow Drawings Captivate Colorado

For over five years, snow drawings have popped up all over Colorado, transforming the pristine white landscape into a swirling series of crop circle-like patterns. No, these drawings aren’t the work of aliens, they are the product of Sonja Hinrichsen, an artist whose interest in nature has resulted in an array of incredible snow art. See one of her stunning creations from every imaginable angle in this video:

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