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The oddly expressive hoodoos of Goblin Valley State Park
Named for its thousands of bizarre, goblin-like rock formations, Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park is a hidden gem in the San Rafael Desert. The goblins, known scientifically as “hoodoos,” were formed through the gradual erosion of Entrada sandstone, which was deposited about 170 millions years ago when the area was situated next to an ancient sea.

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Unusual fish that ‘walks’ holds clues to animal evolutionResearchers discovered that bichir raised on land took to walking with more grace than those bichir raised in water.

Unusual fish that ‘walks’ holds clues to animal evolution
Researchers discovered that bichir raised on land took to walking with more grace than those bichir raised in water.

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Aug

Cicada killers: Menacing wasps can take down prey 3 times their sizeThese predatory insects might just be a cicada’s worst nightmare.

Cicada killers: Menacing wasps can take down prey 3 times their size
These predatory insects might just be a cicada’s worst nightmare.

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Aug

Is this the cutest caterpillar ever?
With its rounded horns and fuzzy face, the insect has been compared to Hello Kitty.

Jellyfish stings are like ‘supersonic harpoons’Unprecedented slow-motion video shows what happens when a jellyfish injects its venom.

Jellyfish stings are like ‘supersonic harpoons’
Unprecedented slow-motion video shows what happens when a jellyfish injects its venom.

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12 of the world’s most awe-inspiring canyons and craters
These geological formations will take your breath away.

25

Aug

36 random animal facts that may surprise youFrom immortal jellyfish and death-defying tardigrades to proposing penguins and voting bovines, here are three dozen randomly interesting facts about our planet’s impressive array of animal life.

36 random animal facts that may surprise you
From immortal jellyfish and death-defying tardigrades to proposing penguins and voting bovines, here are three dozen randomly interesting facts about our planet’s impressive array of animal life.

How extensive is California’s drought? Compare the photos

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Aug

Photographer gives up everything to document the most remote areas of AustraliaEver dream of packing a bag and leaving everything behind to live closer to nature? Here’s one inspiring photographer who did just that.

Photographer gives up everything to document the most remote areas of Australia
Ever dream of packing a bag and leaving everything behind to live closer to nature? Here’s one inspiring photographer who did just that.