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What is natural and what is man-made? Is there a line between the two? Ecosystems are subjectively defined and nature is one of the most difficult subjects to pin down, yet it offers us incredible insights while ecosystems provide us with vital knowledge about how to live sustainably on the planet.

23 Bizarre Animal-Shaped Rocks Sculpted By Nature

The world is full of bizarrely shaped boulders and other natural rock formations that we see as familiar objects. Here are 23 bizarre animal-shaped rock formations.

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You Dirty Beach: English Seaside Gets Eco Message

It's easy to ignore the fact that our beaches are very dirty beneath the surface. This art installation kept it at the forefront of Brighton beach goers' minds.

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Stone Of Arc: The Worlds 10 Most Amazing Natural Arches

Eons of action by wind and water have conspired to create an abundance of amazing stone arches but these same forces will, in time, sweep them all away.

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Deception & Trickery in Plants: 12 Masters of Disguise

From orchids that trick bees into copulating with them to leaves with faked disease, these 12 plants skilled in mimicry have evolved to deceive.

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Carp Attack! Beware of the Invasive Asian Carp

The dreaded, invasive Asian carp could be entering the Great Lakes, posing a serious threat to not only the ecosystem but fishermen on boats.

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Now Sea This: The 10 Most Amazing Bizarre Sharks

Sharks are the oceans' most efficient predators and have evolved to fit a wide range of bizarre ecological niches. Here are ten of the strangest.

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Eyes on the Prize: A Super Bowl of Incredible Animal Vision

Just as Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are known for great downfield vision, sea urchins, hammerhead sharks and bees possess quite eye-opening visual skills.

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Frozen Moments: Freaky, Funky Eco Art Installations

It would be easy to see Claire Morgan's installation art as macabre. But at its heart, it's more about a healthy fascination with science and nature.

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Pandas, Otters and Cats: 15 Classic Viral Animal Videos

These unforgettable viral videos show animals at their cutest and at their most human. These are the adorable memes that just keep going and going.

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Unseasonably Cold, Globally Warm Animal Dangers

Unseasonably cold weather and globally warm scenarios pose grave animal dangers to tropical fish, sea turtles, colobine monkeys, gorillas and other marine animals.

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Urban Seed Bombs: Next-Generation Green Ballistic Missiles

Seed bombs have been a guerrilla gardener's best friend for almost 30 years. Now they're getting a facelift for large-scale use. Look out below!

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8 Smiling Spiders That Make You Feel Warm and Fuzzy

These spiders' bold faux faces and smile-like markings aren't there to make you laugh, instead they serve to scare and confuse potential predators.

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Fungus Among Us: The Human Body’s Many Bugs

Our bodies contain more bacteria cells than human cells. They're in our mouths and guts, on our skin, and they can both help us and hurt us.

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Animal Bad Boys: From Bully Fish to Alcoholic Flies

Seemingly mild creatures like cleaner fish, damselfish and fruit flies have recently shown that they have surprising wild sides when push comes to shove.

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Electric Legends: Stories Told in Glowing LED Lights

These glowing shapes and lights could be easily mistaken for the stuff of legends, stories, and fairy tales, but their origins are easily explainable.

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