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  • Coudersport Ice Mine Facts   The Coudersport Ice Mine is a phenomenon of geology that appears to defy logic. The cave stays empty during the winter, yet during the summer […]

    Coudersport Ice Mine

    Coudersport Ice Mine Facts   The Coudersport Ice Mine is a phenomenon of geology that appears to defy logic. The cave stays empty during the winter, yet during the summer […]

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  •   The Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness is an extraordinary marvel of geology! The name derives from the original Native American name: the original Navajo term literally translates as “among the adobe […]

    Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness

      The Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness is an extraordinary marvel of geology! The name derives from the original Native American name: the original Navajo term literally translates as “among the adobe […]

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  • The La Brea Tar Pits are an extraordinary and unique geological feature. Incredible as it may sound, they are within a major metropolitan area in the United States. The ancient Native […]

    La Brea Tar Pits

    The La Brea Tar Pits are an extraordinary and unique geological feature. Incredible as it may sound, they are within a major metropolitan area in the United States. The ancient Native […]

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  •   The Scrub Morning Glory is a rare flowering plant in the (as the name implies) morning glory family. Fewer than 100 known populations of this plant remain. The lovely […]

    Scrub Morning Glory

      The Scrub Morning Glory is a rare flowering plant in the (as the name implies) morning glory family. Fewer than 100 known populations of this plant remain. The lovely […]

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  •   The lovely Maguire Daisy is a plant species with a unique status….for TWO separate reasons! In 1987, it was ACCIDENTALLY listed as an Endangered Species! Naturally, you wonder HOW? […]

    Maguire Daisy

      The lovely Maguire Daisy is a plant species with a unique status….for TWO separate reasons! In 1987, it was ACCIDENTALLY listed as an Endangered Species! Naturally, you wonder HOW? […]

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  •   Ringing Rocks is proof that our beautiful world still harbors many mysteries, both large and small! One of those “smaller” mysteries is this still unexplained conglomeration of stones. This […]

    Ringing Rocks

      Ringing Rocks is proof that our beautiful world still harbors many mysteries, both large and small! One of those “smaller” mysteries is this still unexplained conglomeration of stones. This […]

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  •   The incredibly majestic Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, is technically classified as a “sea eagle” and is the only sea eagle native to North America. There are also two known […]

    Bald Eagle

      The incredibly majestic Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, is technically classified as a “sea eagle” and is the only sea eagle native to North America. There are also two known […]

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  •   If ever a place had an appropriate name, it is the incredible Fantasy Canyon. This astonishing geological masterpiece sits in northeast Utah, United States. It is popular for the […]

    Fantasy Canyon

      If ever a place had an appropriate name, it is the incredible Fantasy Canyon. This astonishing geological masterpiece sits in northeast Utah, United States. It is popular for the […]

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  •   The adorable Risso’s Dolphin, Grampus griseus, is among the largest of all known species of dolphin. However, they have not been widely studied which is due to their preference for inhabiting […]

    Risso’s Dolphin

      The adorable Risso’s Dolphin, Grampus griseus, is among the largest of all known species of dolphin. However, they have not been widely studied which is due to their preference for inhabiting […]

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  •   The aptly named Sweat Bee (ugh…what’s in a name?) derives its name from its tendency to be attracted to the salt that is secreted in human perspiration. So when […]

    Sweat Bee

      The aptly named Sweat Bee (ugh…what’s in a name?) derives its name from its tendency to be attracted to the salt that is secreted in human perspiration. So when […]

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  •   Behold the Devils Walking Stick! Yes, that really is the common name for this unique plant. Just imagine brushing against those thorns while in the forest! Also sometimes known […]

    Devils Walking Stick

      Behold the Devils Walking Stick! Yes, that really is the common name for this unique plant. Just imagine brushing against those thorns while in the forest! Also sometimes known […]

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  •   In at least one way, the delicate Four Petal Pawpaw (What a name! Unique….but descriptive!) is a plant whose evolutionary development defies explanation. How, you ask? We’ll tell you! […]

    Four Petal Pawpaw

      In at least one way, the delicate Four Petal Pawpaw (What a name! Unique….but descriptive!) is a plant whose evolutionary development defies explanation. How, you ask? We’ll tell you! […]

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  •   We all know how “picky” delicate beauties can be, right? Well, it is the same for the Virginia Jointvetch or Aeschynomene Virginica. This is a very rare species of […]

    Virginia Jointvetch

      We all know how “picky” delicate beauties can be, right? Well, it is the same for the Virginia Jointvetch or Aeschynomene Virginica. This is a very rare species of […]

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  •   Can you believe that the possession of San Diego Thornmint represents a more serious crime than the possession of marijuana in the United States? It’s true! The San Diego […]

    San Diego Thornmint

      Can you believe that the possession of San Diego Thornmint represents a more serious crime than the possession of marijuana in the United States? It’s true! The San Diego […]

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  •   Despite the common name by which it is known, the Bald Faced Hornet is not a true hornet. This eusocial insect is actually a species of yellowjacket. This species […]

    Bald Faced Hornet

      Despite the common name by which it is known, the Bald Faced Hornet is not a true hornet. This eusocial insect is actually a species of yellowjacket. This species […]

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  •   The aptly named Sliding Rock is a small slide-type waterfall. This geological formation is in western North Carolina, United States. The popular name for this waterfall comes from the fact […]

    Sliding Rock

      The aptly named Sliding Rock is a small slide-type waterfall. This geological formation is in western North Carolina, United States. The popular name for this waterfall comes from the fact […]

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  •   Palouse Falls is a remote waterfall on the Palouse River. It is 4 mi (6.4 km) upstream from where the river joins the Snake River. Both of these are in […]

    Palouse Falls

      Palouse Falls is a remote waterfall on the Palouse River. It is 4 mi (6.4 km) upstream from where the river joins the Snake River. Both of these are in […]

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  •   The Pelican Flower is the common name for the Aristolochia grandiflora.  There are approximately 120 known species of Aristolochia worldwide. The Pelican Flower is the largest of these. In […]

    Pelican Flower

      The Pelican Flower is the common name for the Aristolochia grandiflora.  There are approximately 120 known species of Aristolochia worldwide. The Pelican Flower is the largest of these. In […]

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  •   The Lovebug is a species of march fly and is also popular as the double headed bug. The adult Lovebug is a small flying insect. They are common in […]

    Lovebug

      The Lovebug is a species of march fly and is also popular as the double headed bug. The adult Lovebug is a small flying insect. They are common in […]

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  •   Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system on earth that we know of. The system comprises multiple large caves, and numerous tunnels. Even today, the full extent of the […]

    Mammoth Cave

      Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system on earth that we know of. The system comprises multiple large caves, and numerous tunnels. Even today, the full extent of the […]

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