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America's Waterways: The Past, Present and Future

Scientists endlessly study lakes and rivers, historians document them, artists paint them, and travelers continue to explore them. In a series of articles, Smithsonian magazine highlights all that draws our eyes to our nation's fresh and coastal waters.

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Photo of the day

Bohar Snappers aggregate in massive schools for mating every summer in Ras Mohammed National Park in the Egyptian Red Sea. As this school grew and moved around, at one moment in time, they appeared to take the shape of a dragon, opening its mouth and facing the diver photographer. Whether the dragon smiled or frowned to the human, we will never know. Diver and Dragon