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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.

The Golden Spiral: Complex Geometries in Nature

The golden spiral can be found in nature in unexpected places - like hurricanes, galaxies, succulent plants, sunflowers and the human ear.

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Nuts To Them! 8 Brilliant Backyard Squirrel Feeders

Got urban wildlife? The get one of these 8 brilliant backyard squirrel feeders are designed to assist our nut-storing neighbors in preparing for winter!

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Carp Circles: Seven Fantastic Oceanic Fish Nests

You read that right: “fish nests”, not “fish nets”, with the former being much more appealing than the latter – at least from a fish's point of view.

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Giant Crystals & Crooked Forests: 15 Surreal Places

You won't believe that the images of these 15 spectacularly surreal places from around the world weren't Photoshopped.

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Mother Nature's Most Unnatural-Looking Plants & Animals

These 13 plants, animals, insects and fungi look like art projects or horror movie props, but they're 100% made by Mother Nature.

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Arctic Animals: 37 Photos of Snow-White Wildlife

10 of the Arctic's most beautiful snow-white animals including the Arctic fox, wolf, hare, sheep, falcon, ermine, seal and polar bear.

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Take a Dizzying Trip Through the Treetops of Australia

On Ilawarra Fly's elevated steel canopy walkway, you can take a treetop-level tour of the Australian rainforest, catching glimpses of wombats and echidnas.

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Keep Calm and Carrion: 8 Amazing Vultures

Hold your nose and clap your hands: In honor of International Vulture Awareness Day, WebEcoist proudly presents 8 of the world's most amazing vultures!

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Sunrise Sunset: 14 Spectacular Photographs of the Sky

Few things in the world are more colorful and striking than the sun as it rises and sets each day, as captured in these 14 stunning sunrise and sunset photos.

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Panda Bear Necessities: 8 Brash Bamboozling Pandas!

Our affection for Pandas goes beyond their cute black & white patterned coats and generally pacific personalities. Take these 8 eye-opening examples.

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Infographic & Images: The Earth's Oldest Trees

An infographic shows the astonishing ages of the world's oldest trees. Learn about four of them: Pando, Methuselah, Old Tjikko and The Senator.

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Face-Kini: Savvy, Scary Skin-Saving Suit Makes a Splash

Meet the Face-Kini, a strange head-to-toe beach balaclava designed and worn by Chinese swimmers to provide protection from sun, seaweed and stinging jellyfish.

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Shooting Star Show! 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower

Don't miss the 2012 Perseid meteor shower, which will be visible Saturday, August 11th through Monday, August 13th.

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Ardent In Argent: 10 Amazing Silver Animals

From metallic mirrored beetles to stately senior simians, the serene beauty of silver animals reflects their rank as some of nature's most exquisite creatures.

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Amazing Monumental Stone Sculptures by Chris Booth

New Zealand sculptor Chris Booth creates incredible, massive stone sculptures that look like woven fabric.

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