Nature

Invading the Ecosystem

How non-native species can change the structure of an entire landscape Kudzu Vine First arriving in the U.S. in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia as part of an exhibit garden, kudzu was encouraged as an ornamental, groundcover and forage crop. Farmers in the U.S. were once encouraged to plant kudzu to help mitigate erosion, but the plant soon ...

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A Green Winter Wonderland

Four eco-friendly ways to ditch damaging rock salt It’s time for snowmen, snowball fights and snow angels. But it’s also time for icy sidewalks and snow drifts in the driveway. The standard go-to is the big bag of sodium chloride, better known as rock salt. Despite its natural sounding name, rock salt can do some serious damage to pets, kids, ...

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The Worth of Trees

The environmental benefits of trees can also put some extra green in your wallet Carbon sequestration, storm water, energy savings, the Green Cities Initiative, and the dangers of invasive species: these are all hot buzzwords in sustainability, and they can be excellent examples of why trees matter. “We know trees are worth energy savings, and that’s a big deal right ...

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Follow the Dinosaur Trail

Montana has rich history of prehistoric creatures to uncover Montana’s rugged landscape is a veritable treasure trove of dinosaur fossils. To share this unique feature, the Montana Dinosaur Trail brings this ancient time to life with fascinating exhibits and field programs. “There are folks who plan their trip to Montana on how to get their [Montana Dinosaur Trail] passport stamped,” ...

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By the Light of the Moon

Ever gaze upon a full moon so big and bright it left shadows? Such a moon gave our ancestors “a lot of light to see and do things,” says Dr. Mark SubbaRao, an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. The night sky once was incredibly dark and “those full moons became very important to people,” he says. Moon Phases ...

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Buried Treasure

A cave in a Mexican mine sparkles with the largest crystals in the world Deep beneath the earth of a small town in northern Mexico lies a world of beauty few have ever seen. Giant crystals as long as a school bus fill a cavernous space nearly 1,000 feet below the surface. Known as the Cave of Crystals, the phenomenon ...

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Beneath the Branches

The Crooked Forest Nowe Czarnowo, Poland Nestled within a pine forest in western Poland, there’s a strange thing happening to the tree trunks. A group of about 400 pines was planted in the 1930s, and they all curve to the north. No one is exactly sure how or why the trees grow this way. According to the Polish National Tourist ...

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