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Frozen Under
Earth's harshest land, Antarctica beckons scientists and 15,000 tourists a year with crystalline air, ancient ice, and soul-shattering wildness.
Highlight: Sights & Sounds, 360 degree view of the South Pole, Forum, Wallpaper, Postcards Go>>

Hotspots: India's Western Ghats
Treasured watershed of India, these coastal mountains feed grasslands, forests, and a burgeoning human population. Biologist E. O. Wilson introduces a series examining such hotspots among Earth's richest ecosystems.
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Cuba Reefs
Gardens of sponges and exotic fish bloom in the pristine cays of Cuba, the Caribbean's largest submerged island shelf.
Highlight: Multimedia Interview with Photographer David Doubilet Go>>

Down to a Handful
Fewer than 50 Attwater's prairie-chickens hang on in two refuges. Can Texas' obscure grouse beat extinction?
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Danube River
On its waltz past the storied castles of Germany through central Europe to the Black Sea, the hardworking river finds itself still hobbled by the bombs that pounded the Balkans in 1999.
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China's Hengduan Mountains
Government decrees protect the fragile habitat of the Hengduan Mountains, where Buddhism alone stood guard.
Highlight: Map, Multimedia Video Interview with Photographer Mark W. Moffett Go>>

Food: How Safe?
Mishandling products in the U.S. food supply among the safest in the world can unleash pathogens that make eating downright unhealthy.
Highlight: Sights & Sounds , Forum Go>>

Food: How Altered?
Want disease-free grapes? Add a silkworm gene. How about vitamin-enhanced rice? While technology promises new ways to help feed the world, some see risks to the land and human health.
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Hotspot: The Philippines
Amid poverty, coral reefs rocked by dynamite fishing, and once lush islands stripped by logging, conservationists rush to preserve endemic species.
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Water Pressure
How can such a wet planet be so short on clean fresh water? The latest installment in the "Challenges for Humanity" series plumbs the problem.
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State of the Planet
In 1992 representatives from nearly every country met in Brazil to hash out what could be done to protect Earth's resources. A decade later, here's a global report card.
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Tokyo Bay
In Japan all roads lead to Tokyo Bay. But the nation's hub is being strangled by pollution and relentless development.
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Japan's Winter Wildlife
A frosted stage gathers red-crowned cranes, whooper swans, sika deer, and snow monkeys. Can Japan turn an ancient reverence for its animals into modern conservation?
Highlight: Sights & Sounds, Map, Video, Forum, Postcards Go>>

Hotspot: Islands of the Pacific
Take 1,400 remote specks of land, colonize them with migrant species, then wait a few millennia. That's the recipe for biodiversity in the tropical Pacific.
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Jane in the Forest Again
The famed primatologist meets the chimpanzees of Congo's Goualougo Triangle, animals so isolated they have no fear of humans. At least for now.
Highlight: Sights & Sounds, Video of Chimpanzees, Interview with Chimp Researchers, Forum, Postcards, Final Edit Go>>

Gombe
Forty-three years after Jane Goodall first set foot in the forests of Africa, Fifi is a mom again, Frodo is the alpha male, and Gremlin is teaching her twins to fish for termites.
Highlight: Online Extra on Alpha Male, Video of Chimp Attacking Monkeys, Updates on the New Generation Go>>

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