Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
USGS contributes to assessment of Biodiversity Loss and its Impact on Humanity
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Marking 20 years since the “Rio Earth Summit,” a diverse team of the world's experts on the contributions of biodiversity to ecosystem functioning released a synthesis report in Nature Magazine on June 7, 2012. Led by Bradley Cardinale of the University Michigan and contributed to by James Grace of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, the assessment team worked hard to hammer out a consensus statement based on the review of over 600 ecological studies conducted over the past two decades. The motivation for achieving a consensus statement was the substantial controversy that has surrounded this topic regarding methodology and inference. Publication of this review article is timely, as international leaders gathered in Rio de Janeiro June 20 – 22, 2012, for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as the Rio+20 Conference.