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Article: Zircons Recast Earth's Earliest Era

Rocks older than 4 billion years are not available to study, making the first 500 million years of Earth's history particularly mysterious. But cutting-edge techniques are now allowing geologists to study survivors of Earth's early era.

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Why Mangroves Matter

Learn more about these forests, once generally dismissed as swampy wastelands but now valued as remarkably diverse and important ecosystems.

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What's a Mangrove? And How Does It Work?

Investigate this remarkably tough plant that can live in water up to 100 times saltier than most other plants can tolerate, not to mention thrive despite twice-daily flooding by ocean tides.

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Mangrove Threats and Solutions

Straddling land and sea and teeming with life, mangrove forests are key to healthy coastal ecosystems. They're also among the most threatened habitats in the world. Learn more.

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Biogeography Begets Biodiversity

Discover how the geological and climatic changes that have unfolded over millions of years in Vietnam have set the stage for an extraordinary richness of biodiversity.

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Biodiversity in the Crossfire

See how scientists are racing to reveal Vietnam's biological riches before many species and their habitats disappear from the country's landscape due to expanding development and human activity.

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Article: The Horse in Mongolian Culture

Take a look at Mongolia's takhi and discover how an Asian empire was won on horseback — and how Mongolia came to be known as the land of the horse. 

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The Sorry Story of Georges Bank

Find out why this huge shoal between Massachusetts' Cape Cod and Nova Scotia's Cape Sable Island is one of the world's most important fishing resources — and why it's now at risk.

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Essay: Chasing Invaders on a Water Planet

Water bodies on our planet form a network, which aquatic species migrate over evolutionary time as needed or by accident. Find out how Homo sapiens have dramatically changed and accelerated this process.

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