Our Planet

Coyote Creek

A Creek Defies the Odds

Thanks to 300 volunteers, steelhead are back again, despite highways, offices and a campus

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Will the Dunes March Once Again?

As recently as 200 years ago, dunes and sheet sand were active throughout the Great Plains. A serious drought could bring them back

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Hot-Rock Cooking Party

For archaeologists, the proof is in the pudding— or rather, in the agave, cactus and other goodies

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From Twigs to Ravens, Nothing Escapes the Notice of Bernd Heinrich

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Nitrogen

It's colorless, odorless and gets no respect, but it's vital to the cycle of life— and we may be using too much

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It All Comes Out in the Wash

A Gift of a Garden

Green activist Dan Barker is seeding many lives with hope

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The Riddle of the Carolina Bays

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Flood Forecasting

Water, Water, Everywhere

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Wastewater Problem? Just Plant a Marsh

For some of the toughest environmental cleanups, plants can do it better and cheaper than we can

Ernest Thompson Seton

Black Wolf: Ernest Thompson Seton

In his lifetime no one did more than Ernest Thompson Seton to promote the idea that nature is a very good thing

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Mysterious Pearls

Did they once belong to Vietnam's royal family? Perhaps. But for Ben Zucker, a "sleuth" of the gems trade, seeking the answer matters more than finding it

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The Object at Hand

From a forest that flourished 207 million years ago, the Sherman Logs bear stony witness to a general's curiosity--and life in an age gone by

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Phenomena, Comment and Notes

Life not only thrives in the heat and violence of Earth's submarine volcanoes, it may have started there

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Mining the Scrap Heap for Treasure

Across America, a network of scrap-metal firms is supplying much of the raw materials, iron to aluminum, that fuel the growing global economy

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Smithsonian Perspectives

The Smithsonian's gardens and greenery are things of beauty and delight as well as utility

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Mapping the Margins

It's a violent world at the edges of our continental shelves, which could serve as a geology textbook

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Golf Gets Back to Nature, Inviting Everyone to Play

Using natural landforms and native grasses and plants, golf course designers are creating links that are environmentally up to par

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If Rocks Were Worth Money, a Hilltop Farmer Could Get Rich Quick

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Around the Mall & Beyond

An all-day Saturday seminar on spices - one of the many programs on the Mall, around the world, even in cyberspace, offered by the Smithsonian Associates

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