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A sick ochre star surrounded by apparently healthy ones from Olympic National Park. Photo: Steve Fradkin
Cattle aren't so bad when you get to know them... More importantly, they can serve as very effective tools for prairie conservation... even if they don't look exactly like bison. Photo: Chris Helzer/TNC
Yet another reason to sleep in. Early-rising agoutis are more likely to get eaten. Credit: Maret Hoseman/Creative Commons
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Chemosynthetic microbial mats cover red algae and coral. Pacific Ring of Fire Expedition. Credit: Bob Embley, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration
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