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The Amazon Rainforest: A Jewel That Must Be Treasured, Part 2 of 2

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The Amazon Rainforest: A Jewel That Must Be Treasured, Part 2 of 2

The world’s largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon is one of Mother Nature’s most precious and impressive gems. The awe-inspiring Amazon rainforest is truly spectacular for its exquisite beauty and its humble service to the local native population. It is the ancestral home to around 400 tribes and provides much needed medicinal plants and food for these indigenous communities. The Amazon is also the planet’s most luxuriant and diverse biological ecosystem of plants, birds, animals, and insects. Thirty percent of the world’s known species call this place their home. Sadly, the loss of the Amazon rainforest already threatens the lives of all the animal and plant species, causing many to become endangered and even extinct. Nearly 70 percent of deforestation in the Amazon is caused by cattle ranching. Seventeen percent of the Amazon was believed to have been destroyed as of 2018. Scientists warn that if deforestation passes a threshold, the Amazon, the “lungs of our planet,” may never recover. Raoni Metuktire, chief of the indigenous Brazilian Kayapó people, gives a heartfelt plea to the urgency of this dire situation. “We call on you to stop what you are doing, to stop the destruction, to stop your attack on the spirits of the Earth. If the land dies, if our Earth dies, then none of us will be able to live, and we too will all die.” There is little time. By switching to a vegan diet and an eco-conscious lifestyle, we can help halt the alarming rate of global warming and prevent further destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
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2020-05-28   106 Views
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2020-05-28

The Amazon Rainforest: A Jewel That Must Be Treasured, Part 1 of 2

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The Amazon Rainforest: A Jewel That Must Be Treasured, Part 1 of 2

The Amazon rainforest is believed to have been formed during the Eocene Era some 55 million years ago. The rainforest encompasses 40 percent of the South American continent, extending across eight countries. The Amazon includes the drainage basin of the Amazon River, the world’s largest river by volume, with over 1,100 tributaries. The biodiversity of plants in the Amazon is considered the greatest on Earth, with as many as 80,000 plant species. Seventy five percent are endemic and can only be found in the Amazon. Many plant species in the rainforest serve as traditional medicine for the indigenous people. At least 41 different plant species in the Amazon in Brazil treat varying degrees of malaria, one of the tropics’ most fatal diseases. The native people also use the plants and trees as an important source of food and raw material for non-timber forest products. Did you know that the Amazon rainforest is known as the “lungs of the Earth?” Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between the health of the Amazon and the health of our planet. An estimated 16,000 tree species and 390 billion individual trees exist in this amazing jungle. Moreover, 40,000 of the plant species found in the Amazon rainforest are known to play a critical role in regulating the global climate. However, this crucial life-sustaining rainforest is threatened by deforestation and global warming. “All the evidence points to that direction: ‘that if we stop animal raising our planet will cool down.’”
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2020-05-19   172 Views
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2020-05-19

The Astounding Falls of the Iguazu River

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The Astounding Falls of the Iguazu River

Today, we take you on an adventure to subtropical South America to visit one of the wonders of Argentina and Brazil in our program titled “The Astounding Falls of the Iguazu River.” The Iguazu River and its unmistakable cataract falls are the natural territorial boundary between Argentina and Brazil, making it one of the most spectacular international borders in the world. Visited by over a million tourists every year, the Iguazu Falls are ranked as the most popular natural attraction in both countries. In 1934, Iguazu was declared a national park of Argentina, and five years later, Iguaçu National Park was established on the Brazilian side. Approximately 50 years after this, both reserves were listed as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Unfortunately, human activity is taking a toll on the Iguazu region. The Iguazu region is a place of astounding yet fragile beauty, and we sincerely thank all governments, organizations, and individuals working to safeguard the falls of the Iguazu River and the amazing life that surround them.
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2020-05-08   146 Views
Nature's Beauty
2020-05-08

Greater Blue Mountains Area: Australia’s Spectacular Natural Wonder

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Greater Blue Mountains Area: Australia’s Spectacular Natural Wonder

With 1.03 million hectares of awe-inspiring views, spectacular sandstone plateaus, sheer cliffs, gorges, and swamps teeming with life, the Greater Blue Mountains Area provides a significant representation of Australia’s biodiversity. Situated 60 to 180 kilometers (37 to 111 miles) inland of Sydney in New South Wales, this natural wonder is a unique place for the study of the evolution of Australia’s eucalypt vegetation. It also contains species of immense global significance, such as the critically endangered ancient Wollemi pine, a “living fossil”, that is one of the world’s oldest and rarest conifer trees. On November 29, 2000, the Greater Blue Mountains Area was listed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to preserve its geographical and cultural importance. The name “Blue Mountains” stems from the dreamlike blue haze that seems to envelop the area. The Greater Blue Mountains Area are home to over 400 different species of animals. The Greater Blue Mountains Area is managed and protected under national legislation, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The major challenges include inappropriate tourism and recreation activities, loss of biodiversity, and the impacts of climate change.
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2020-03-10   332 Views
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2020-03-10

Moeraki Boulders: Giants' Bowling Balls

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Moeraki Boulders: Giants' Bowling Balls

One of my favorite spots is Koekohe Beach, where we may see its magically impressive Moeraki Boulders. These outstanding boulders are an unusual geological phenomenon that have been millions and millions of years in the making. Now famous, they have entertained countless travelers and have been playfully dubbed the “Bowling Balls of the Giants,” “Alien’s Brains,” “Dinosaur Eggs,” and the “Stonehenge of New Zealand.” The biggest of the boulders at Koekohe Beach, New Zealand, weigh up to seven tonnes. The Moeraki Boulders of New Zealand reach up to two meters in diameter. Each boulder is adorned with unique geometrical patterns like the reptilian scales of a dragon. For hundreds of years, they have ignited the imaginations of many sightseers who have come to this otherwise solitary stretch of New Zealand coastline. There are 50 boulders remaining in Koekohe Beach, which are now protected by New Zealand law. Since 1971, laws in New Zealand were passed to ensure that the unique Moeraki Boulders be protected, just like other national treasures including us Hooker’s sea lions.
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2020-01-15   361 Views
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2020-01-15

The Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord: Norwegian Wonderlands

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The Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord: Norwegian Wonderlands

Norway is home to more than 1,000 fjords, each a unique, intricate network of winding crescent-shaped inlets that meander through towering sheer cliffs. Molded over thousands of years by the tremendous forces of melting glacial ice, these magnificent fjords must be one of Mother Earth’s most glorious works of art. On July 14, 2005, two fjords in Western Norway became inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: the Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord. As the listing states: “The two fjords, among the world’s longest and deepest, are considered as archetypical fjord landscapes and among the most scenically outstanding anywhere.’’ The Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord are situated in the Vestlandet region of southwestern Norway, which is notable for its prolific beauty and is a spectacular example of the phenomenal creative power of nature.
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2019-12-18   203 Views
Nature's Beauty
2019-12-18

Xinjiang Tianshan: The Awe-Inspiring Heavenly Mountains

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Xinjiang Tianshan: The Awe-Inspiring Heavenly Mountains

Tianshan, also known as the Heavenly Mountains, is touted as one of the world’s largest mountain ranges. The Tianshan Mountains span through four countries: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. From east to west, the mountain range is 1,553 miles long. Xinjiang Tianshan, spanning more than 600,000 hectares in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of northwest China, is a giant of exceptional beauty within the Tianshan mountain system. The Heavenly Mountains in Xinjiang is home to spectacular snowy mountains with glacier-capped peaks, peaceful forests and meadows, clear waters, red bed canyons, as well as desolate desert. The ongoing biological and ecological evolutionary processes further add a unique and mysterious feature to the site.
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2019-10-16   386 Views
Nature's Beauty
2019-10-16

Little Liuqiu: A Coral Island Paradise, Part 4 of 4 (INT)

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Little Liuqiu: A Coral Island Paradise, Part 4 of 4 (INT)

When you visit Little Liuqiu, the chance of seeing the green sea turtles is higher than not seeing them. Usually, the visitors see them. The biggest difference from many places around the world is , in some places, you have to dive in order to see them; some are only visible during specific seasons. However, here in Little Liuqiu, you can see them all year-round. We should realize that it was not easy for such a precious thing to become so common and easy to access. But thanks to the government’s efforts, the non-governmental organizations’ support, the local residents’ recognition, and tourists’ assistance, we have these precious landscape that we can appreciate. It all depends on everybody’s efforts.
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2019-09-25   367 Views
Nature's Beauty
2019-09-25

Little Liuqiu: A Coral Island Paradise, Part 3 of 4 (INT)

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Little Liuqiu: A Coral Island Paradise, Part 3 of 4 (INT)

My home, Little Liuqiu, is a gorgeous coral island. Situated off the southwestern coast of Taiwan, or Formosa, it is part of Pingtung County. The Taiwanese (Formosan) Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan has launched a number of efforts to safeguard Little Liuqiu. Beginning in 2019, a two-year plan called Plastic Reduction & Zero-Plastic was implemented. Recently, little Liuqiu promoted beach cleaning through a creative beach currency created out of weathered glass scraps. CEO Chen Ren-ping of HiiN Studio and artist Lin Pei-yu tell how this wonderful idea works.
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2019-09-18   359 Views
Nature's Beauty
2019-09-18

Little Liuqiu: A Coral Island Paradise, Part 2 of 4 (INT)

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Little Liuqiu: A Coral Island Paradise, Part 2 of 4 (INT)

Little Liuqiu is our only offshore coral reef island in Taiwan (Formosa). It is home to the growth of algae, and the water temperature is warm. Therefore, the green sea turtles naturally find this place attractive to stay for lengthy periods. As one slowly grows into maturity, it will become herbivorous, shifting its diet to marine plants like algae and seagrass. If we all have an environmentally friendly attitude, the environment for the sea turtles will be preserved, and it will also have the opportunity to grow and breed the next generation.
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2019-09-11   288 Views
Nature's Beauty
2019-09-11

Little Liuqiu: A Coral Island Paradise, Part 1 of 4 (INT)

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Little Liuqiu: A Coral Island Paradise, Part 1 of 4 (INT)

Little Liuqiu is one of the few isolated isles that is completely made up of coral reefs. So, when you arrive by boat from Taiwan (Formosa), you’ll find that the colors of the sea change, with about three or four colors. Upon arrival, the water is so clear you can see the bottom of the ocean. That is because this is a coral reef island. It nurtures abundant marine life. In recent years, the rich biological scenery in the intertidal zone has attracted lots of tourists. They come to visit the intertidal zone. This whole area has become more environmentally friendly, with more and more green sea turtles inhabiting Little Liuqiu.
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2019-09-04   824 Views
Nature's Beauty
2019-09-04

Þingvellir National Park: The Birthplace of Iceland

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Þingvellir National Park: The Birthplace of Iceland

A unique gem and celebrated place of Icelandic pride, the Pingvellir National Park. Blessed with historical and cultural significance, geological uniqueness, natural beauty, and abundant flora and fauna. Many Icelanders consider Pingvellir a sacred place. Every summer, people from all around Iceland would travel to Pingvellir primarily for the assembly. With the Alping being created on the principles of democracy, unity, freedom, and peace, for centuries, Pingvellir has brought people together.
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2019-05-29   4079 Views
Nature's Beauty
2019-05-29

Nature's Splendid Gift: Exploring the Majestic Alps

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Nature's Splendid Gift: Exploring the Majestic Alps

The majestic Alps are one of the largest and highest mountain ranges in the world. An impressive natural wonder, they are home to sensitive ecosystems, amazing plant and animal life, and awe-inspiring landscapes. The region is also a settlement area to more than 14,200,000 residents, and is a popular tourist destination. It stretches approximately 190,700 square kilometers across eight European countries, including France, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia. The mountains were formed 70 million years ago when the African and Eurasian tectonic plates merged.
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2019-04-09   4566 Views
Nature's Beauty
2019-04-09

Exploring the Marvelous Primeval Białowieża Forest

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Exploring the Marvelous Primeval Białowieża Forest

It is one of the last and largest remnants of immense primeval forests that once covered much of northeastern Europe. The Bialowieża Forest was designated a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage site in 1979. The Bialowieża Forest spans 141,885 hectares across the edge of Poland and Belarus. The entire Belarusian area is known as the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, while the Polish side and inner core of the forest is strictly protected as The Bialowieża National Park.
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2019-03-13   3732 Views
Nature's Beauty
2019-03-13

Sacred Mountain of Mongolia: The Burkhan Khaldun, Part 2 of 2

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Sacred Mountain of Mongolia: The Burkhan Khaldun, Part 2 of 2

Burkhan Khaldun Mountain was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) IN 2015. When the Burkhan Khaldun Mountain was registered as a World Heritage Site, it did not only register the mountain. All of the flora and fauna, the whole ecosystem that covered 415,012 square kilometers, was registered together for the World Heritage List. As for the ecosystem of this area, it is uniquely considered as a two-ocean basin. The Kherlen and Onon rivers are Pacific Ocean basins, and the Zakhar, Ninjin and Tuul rivers are basins of the Arctic Ocean.
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2019-01-30   3786 Views
Nature's Beauty
2019-01-30

Sacred Mountain of Mongolia: The Burkhan Khaldun, Part 1 of 2

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Sacred Mountain of Mongolia: The Burkhan Khaldun, Part 1 of 2

The Burkhan Khaldun Mountain is a important part of Mongolian history, “The Secret History of the Mongols” and other historical texts said that this site is where the history of our ancestors begins. There are many stories about Lord Genghis Khan and Burkhan Khaldun Mountain. He escaped from the merged tribe and was hiding at Burkhan Khaldun Mountain for nine days. While there, Lord Genghis Khan took off His girdle strap, loosened it from His clothes, and put it around his neck. Symbolically by this act, He abandoned His Mongolian pride and expressed His submission to the gods.
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2019-01-23   4062 Views
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2019-01-23

The New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands: A Pristine Haven of Life

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The New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands: A Pristine Haven of Life

One of the remotest sites on Earth, these are the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand, pristine wonderlands full of unique beauty and rare species. New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic Islands attained World Heritage Listing status in 1998. The five island groups and accompanying territorial waters are administered by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, which upholds strict legislations to ensure the safety and longevity of the land’s diverse and unique array of flora and fauna. More recently, the islands have become the center of diverse scientific interest, including the collection of vital weather data to various geological assessments. More importantly, the conservation of unique species of flora and fauna.
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2019-01-16   4263 Views
Nature's Beauty
2019-01-16

Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng: Paradise of Wildlife in Thailand

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Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng: Paradise of Wildlife in Thailand

The day UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, declared the sanctuaries as a World Heritage Site back in 1991. And is home to nearly all the forest types of continental Southeast Asia. And I love seeing all the different kinds of animals roaming around. It’s like a real Eden on Earth! Just by being vegan, you are helping to keep the planet cool. Supreme Master Ching Hai, loves animals. She is wholeheartedly trying to save all the beings on Earth. The Seub Nakhasathien Foundation objectives are to protect natural sanctuaries and the sacred beings inhabiting them.
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2018-11-02   4482 Views
Nature's Beauty
2018-11-02

Maloti-Drakensberg Park: Mountain Splendor of Southern Africa

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Maloti-Drakensberg Park: Mountain Splendor of Southern Africa

The Maloti-Drakensberg Park is renowned spectacle of nature, adorned with beautiful rock arches, cliffs, pillars, and rock pools. This site is well-known for its and rock-shelters, housing an amazingly concentrated number of ancient cave paintings that give a glimpse into the spiritual lives of the indigenous San tribe, who resided in the area four millennia ago. This national park is also endowed with great biological diversity, important floral species, and a large variety of animal wildlife that includes endangered species.
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2018-09-18   4241 Views
Nature's Beauty
2018-09-18

Los Glaciares National Park: A Majestic Wonderland

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Los Glaciares National Park: A Majestic Wonderland

Nestled in the stunning and remote mountain landscape of the Patagonian Andes is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Los Glaciares National Park is located in the Southwest of Santa Cruz Province in Argentina and borders neighboring Chile. The 2,807-square-mile reserve covers 600,000 hectares and is the largest national park in Argentina. Established in 1937, Los Glaciares is famous for its enormous ice caps, which are smaller in size only to those in Antarctica and Greenland.
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2018-08-31   4266 Views
Nature's Beauty
2018-08-31
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