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  • Lawns and pools close in on desert lab

    The University of Arizona's Desert Laboratory, a unique desert biological field station, faces the pressure of the city of Tucson's growth and the uncertain future of the land.

  • The sublime delight of backtracking

    For 20 years, David Bertelsen has been in love with the same five-mile trail up Finger Rock Canyon north of Tucson, keeping track of its animal and plant life and watching out for the well-being of a fragile landscape.

  • The rise and fall of a desert stream

    In Arizona's Galiuro Mountains, desert streams appear and disappear during the course of a day, and the native fish that have adapted to this complex ecosystem face extinction due to introduced non-natives.

  • At last, a California desert bill

    California Desert Protection Act nears approval.

  • Real summertime

    A review of John Alcock's book, Sonoran Desert Summer.

  • The oldest living thing is a quiet survivor

    Shielded in anonymity, the "King Clone," a creosote bush identified as the "oldest living thing on Earth," can be found on a dirt road south of Barstow, Calif., where it continues to keep a low profile about the many benefits of its properties.

  • The Great Basin: America's wasteland seeks a new

    The Great Basin has often been seen as a wasteland, but now new visions are defining the region.

  • A thin, dry border between heaven and hell

    In his anthology, God’s Country or Devil’s Playground, editor Barney Nelson gathers together an eclectic mix of the best nature writing from the Big Bend of Texas

  • The allure of the gnarled

    It took a while, but the writer eventually came to see the strange, harsh beauty of the gnarled old pinon and juniper trees in Canyon Country

  • Ecosystems 101: Hard lessons from the mighty salmon runs of Alaska’s Bristol Bay

    Ecosystems 101: Hard lessons from the mighty salmon runs of Alaska’s Bristol Bay

    The world’s longest ongoing salmon research reveals the astounding complexity of wild ecosystems -- and how easily it can be lost.

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