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Tiny Bits of Plastic Pose Big Threat to Great Lakes

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Are plastic microbeads from consumer products are finding their way into the food chain

Long the dumping grounds for various types of toxic waste, the Great Lakes have faced no shortage of pollution problems over the years. The latest, while tiny in size, is one of the trickiest and most dangerous issues yet. Scientists have discovered that plastic microbeads, a common ingredient in facial scrubs and toothpastes, are finding their way into the Great Lakes--the world's largest......read more

OCEARCH Tracks Ocean Giants

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Marine research non-profit tracks Great White Sharks in the name of conservation

For the past couple of years, marine research organization OCEARCH has been getting up close and personal with Great White Sharks to learn more about their behavior. Just over a week ago, a crew led by OCEARCH Founder and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer tagged their first Great White of the season, all within eyeshot of Monomoy Island, Cape Cod. Her name? Betsy. Weighing in......read more

Incredible Images of the Great Salt Desert

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Mesmerizing views of Iran's largest desert from space

For our money, there's nothing like some good satellite or aerial photography to shift our perception of this planet we call home. Looking like abstract paintings, these images offer stunning views of the arid landscapes in Iran's largest desert, the Dasht-e Kavir, or Great Salt Desert. The word kavir is Persian for salt marsh. The essentially uninhabited zone -- covering an area......read more

A Year on the Road: Great Point Lighthouse

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A sandy excursion to the northernmost tip of Nantucket

Merely a dot on the map, Nantucket was once one of the world's biggest whaling ports. Great Point Lighthouse stands proudly at the edge of the island, the first shining beacon leading into the east coast ports. The lighthouse keeper's daughter, lighting the lamp for her father, wrote in 1937 that she felt as though she was "helping God" guide mariners to shore.  During an end of summer......read more

Nich Hance McElroy: The Great Divide

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Seattle photographer shoots nature at its most unforgiving

Thanks to an introduction last year from 01, we've been keeping an eye on the photographic work of Nich Hance McElroy for a while. Judging from his Flickr-folio, the Seattle-based photographer regularly ventures into the great outdoors to capture shots of wilderness at its most sublime -- and unforgiving.  This selection, from his latest series entitled "The Great Divide," looks to......read more

Smith & Gill Architecture: Great City

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Green-focused, pedestrian-first satellite city planned for China

China's hyper-dense urban centers tend to conjure images of huge crowds, gridlocked traffic, and polluted air. The Great City, now under construction near the city of Chengdu, aims to be anything but that. Designed by Chicago firm Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, the Great City is a plan for a sustainability-focused, pedestrian-based satellite city that 80,000 people will......read more

Great Barrier House

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Droolworthy sustainable architecture in New Zealand.

Great Barrier Island, off the northern coast of New Zealand, is an awe-striking natural landscape characterized by wind-swept coastline and Puriri woods. Nestled among the forest is the Great Barrier House, a beautiful piece of sustainable architecture that's enough to make you drool. Designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, the elevated home is made from sustainably-harvested timber......read more

Designed by architect Chris Price and his partners at Park City Design + Build, the Treehaus is a beautiful blend of modern mountain architecture and cutting-edge energy efficiency. Nestled into the pines of Summit Park, Utah, the clean lines, stacked segments, and dark cedar exterior create a fine figure, seamlessly integrating the 3,643-square-foot abode into its sylvan surroundings.......read more

I Kayaked to Shell and Back. Here's What I Learned

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A Great Story By Katie Herzog

When my old friend Trip asked me to join him in a tandem sea kayak for Paddle in Seattle, a kayak flotilla protest against Shell’s oil explorations in the Arctic, my first impulse was a big Hell no. Spending an afternoon with hundreds of people who care deeply about climate change and are willing to brave the polluted waters of Puget Sound to make a statement may sound like a fine......read more

The World's Greatest Travelers

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German adventurers complete 556,000-mile, quarter-century odyssey by SUV

It was 1988 when Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set off in a Mercedes Benz G-Wagen to travel around Africa. After completing the planned 18-month tour, they decided to keep going... and going... and going. The end result was an epic, 25-year adventure which saw the Mercedes--nicknamed Otto by Christine--driven 556,000 miles through 215 countries and into the record books. Christine......read more

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