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California’s Largest Stretch of Undeveloped Coastline Hosts Bobcats, Bears, and More

Despite its gorgeous beaches, you won’t find a bustling boardwalk along Southern California’s scenic Gaviota Coast. The 76-mile sprawl in Santa Barbara County is the state’s largest remaining stretch of undeveloped coastline, an area conservationists are dedicated to permanently protecting. And its rich, rural landscape draws an incredibly diverse array of terrestrial animals — from […]

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Cortes Bank: The Enormous, Elusive Wave Surfers Ride in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean

For big wave surfers, 20- to 30-foot peaks are standard fare. At Cortes Bank, the summit of an underwater mountain around 100 miles off the coast of San Diego in the the Pacific Ocean, waves can reach around 10 stories high — making it a highly coveted yet highly perilous spot to shred.  A biodiversity

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Going Green: 8 Abandoned Places Turned Into Nature Preserves, Public Parks, and More

It’s been said that everything old becomes new again. This feels especially true when it comes to formerly abandoned places that allowed nature to take over.  To celebrate the power of greenery to transform a space, we’ve rounded up a list of various locations around the world that fell into disrepair but became nature preserves,

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These Floral Artists Are Brightening the World, One Petal at a Time

Where one person sees a sheet of tissue paper, Copenhagen-based artist Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen sees a canvas for a massive sunflower display. And for Lewis Miller, a designer in New York, a trash can is so much more than a place to toss garbage — it’s a destination for an absolutely epic flower installation. Welcome

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15 Iconic Locations Photographed From Space — From the Grand Canyon to the Pyramids of Giza 

Space is a constant source of wonder and contemplation. Full of stars, moons, planets, cosmic rays, and magnetic fields, what’s “up there” can change the way we look at what’s “down here” on Earth — and, perhaps, remind us how different things can look when we zoom out.  The below images do just that: They

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The Sphinx by the Pyramids of Giza in the desert of Egypt.

Inside Sweden’s Awe-Inspiring Ice Hotel That Melts Every Year

Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton may be known for their luxurious resorts, but if you’re looking for a stay unlike any other, then you’ll want to visit the incredible Icehotel in Sweden. Located in the tiny village of Jukkasjärvi and founded in 1989, the establishment was the first of its kind, featuring stunning rooms sculpted

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Turning 25-Ton Snow Blocks Into Art: The 2024 International Snow Sculpture Championships

Contestants from around the world convened in the tiny town of Breckenridge, Colorado, nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, to go for gold in the 33rd annual International Snow Sculpture Championships this January.  And when we say snow sculpture, we aren’t referring to Frosty the Snowman figures with coal buttons and carrot noses.

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Full-Time Thrifter Encourages Secondhand Shopping by Posting Local Treasures on Social Media

Thrifting is an increasingly popular way to shop (and a great way to spend an afternoon), but what if we told you it could be a full-time job?  At least it is for Ambie Hay, who goes by “Palm Beach Thrifters” on social media. When she’s out and about in Palm Beach County, Florida, scouting

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