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In an earlier study, Fraser and some collaborators looked at maps of Antarctica's biodiversity.
This annual award from the AZA recognizes exceptional efforts toward regional habitat preservation, species restoration and support of biodiversity in the wild.
After all, Floridians might want these ecosystems to stick around for another 240 years: The global biodiversity of reefs is estimated to be worth billions.
Mekong River excursions skim the Burmese and Lao riverbanks where guests can learn about the Golden Triangle’s rich biodiversity and hill tribe history from local guides who explain the intricacies of the opium trade with a scholar’s expertise.
Ecologically speaking, scientists already consider marshes to be among the best refuges for biodiversity in the world.
Why: Santa Cruz Island offers an undeveloped, virtually uninhabited wilderness with staggering scenery and biodiversity that might make Charles Darwin weep.
This restrained and relevant treatise gives wonderfully clear entree to requisite biodiversity.
Cascade–Siskiyou National Monument Carol M. Highsmith—Buyenlarge/Getty Images Cascade-Siskiyou, which sits at the crux of converging ecosystems, was the first national monument to be set aside for its biodiversity.
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Did You Know?
Biodiversity may become the rallying call for the next decade, wrote David Wake in the journal Science in 1989. Indeed, biodiversity is a word you're likely to encounter in writing about ecology and the environment today. But when Wake used it, "biodiversity" was still a relatively new addition to the English language, having first appeared in writing in the mid-1980s. Of course, the roots of biodiversity are much older. It evolved from a commingling of the descendants of the Greek noun bios, which means "mode of life," and the Latin verb divertere, which means "to turn aside" or "to go different ways."
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