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The Stories Behind America’s Coolest Coastlines

The United States is home to some fascinatingly diverse shorelines whose histories we often take for granted. Enjoy these beautiful images from around the country and read a little about the stories – geologic and otherwise – behind these amazing beaches, cliffs, and islands.

Hawaii

Kalapana Coast

The Kalapana coast. Source: Diego Delso

Hawaii is an archipelago made up of hundreds of related islands. These picturesque islands were created by something a bit less characteristically pretty: volcanism. Indeed, streams of magma emerging from deep within the earth are what really allow couples to enjoy their Hawaiian honeymoon. Sorry, all-inclusive resorts.

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How The United States Achieved Full Marriage Equality

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While many have hailed the recent United States Supreme Court ruling that struck down state bans on same sex marriage as a highly consequential–and progressive–moment in our national history, the reality is that it came about after a series of conservative moves on behalf of the court.

As seen in the map above, SCOTUS–in a decidedly restrained fashion–chose to toss back the question of gay marriage to individual states until that approach was no longer viable. After all, one cannot lose rights or recognition just because they move to a different state.

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Nick Cave’s Soundsuits: An Artist’s Take On Racial Profiling In The US

Inspiration comes in many forms, and for the prolific visual artist and dancer Nick Cave, the impetus behind his largest and most involved exhibition yet is racial profiling in the United States. Missouri-born Cave is taking his response–a collection of extravagantly constructed “soundsuits”–to Detroit, where they will not only be on display at the Cranbrook Academy of Art but also in the streets.

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Nick Cave, the creator of the Soundsuit. Source: Sam Deitch/BFA.com

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