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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.

12 Exotic & Surprising Natural Predators

These 12 animals may not look dangerous, but they've got surprisingly aggressive instincts and dangerous defensive mechanisms.

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74 of the World's Strangest Animals

Some of the strangest, most amazing and most threatened species in the world. Some of these animals may appear harmless but are all too deadly while others ...

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8 Beautiful Endangered Birds

8 beautiful birds that we hope won't go the way of the dodo. Gorgeous pictures of species threatened by habitat destruction, human carelessness, and invasive species.

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Endangered & Strange Plants, Flowers & Trees

From ugly-but-life-saving to extraodinarily-beautiful-but-killer flowers, here are some of the most exotic or endangered plants, flowers, trees and forests in the world.

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8 Coolest, Scaliest Endangered Species

8 fascinating endangered reptile and amphibian species from around the world that capture the imagination with their colors, habits, and beauty.

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Exotic Edible House Plants, Fruits & Vegetables

Strange, bizarre, exotic fruits and vegetables from around the world including durian, buddha's hand, starfruit and more odd fruits.

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Strange & Amazing Animal Camouflage

Learn about animal camouflage and shape shifting defense mechanisms of animals, from the mimic octopus to the leaf butterfly and more.

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Endangered Fish Species and Marine Life

Some of the world's most amazing and threatened fish species from around the world - endangered due to changes in climate as well as poor fishing practices.

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Rare Endangered Plants Flowers and Trees

Unusual rotten meat corpse flowers, endangered plants, rare trees, unusual cactus and other bizarre flora threatened by global warming and deforestation.

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8 Majestic but Critically Endangered Mammals

An astonishing 1 in 4 mammals worldwide are in critical danger (either threatened or endangered). Here are some of the particularly beautiful species that are on the list.

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52 Land, Water, Fire and Sky Phenomena

According to an ancient Greek philosopher all matter is comprised of four elements: earth, water, fire and air. Here are 52 natural phenomena and formations by element.

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25 Sublime Sky, Air and Cloud Photos

From bright blue sunny skies and other amazing air phenomena and formations to multicolored thunderclouds and chilling airborne disasters and ominous weather patterns.

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Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Dust and Wind Storms

See incredible images and video film footage of famous hurricanes like Katrina and Ike and tornadoes from Texas, Georgia, Kansas and Tornado Alley.

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10 Natural Wind, Air, Color and Light Phenomena

Beautiful images and information about natural formations and weather including clouds, wind, crepuscular rays, mirages, gravity waves, sprites, rainbows and more.

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25 HDR Sun, Smoke and Fire Photos

Using HDR, some photographers are able to depict everything from sunlight to firelight, smoke, sunsets, sun rises and light phenomena in unique ways.

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