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Slideshows & Photo Galleries

Slideshows and photo galleries take you behind the scenes--in a chemistry lab, out in the field with paleontologists, and inside a termite colony--to see and hear science, in action.

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Ecological scenarios for Earth's future.

April 15, 2014

Ecologists and other scientists at NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites are peering into Earth's future through scenario thinking and ecological forecasting. How will environmental changes play out? The answers may lie in scenarios: If this happened, what then?

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A slideshow on how biodiversity boosts the economy.

April 15, 2014

On Earth Day and every day, our planet's high extinction rate begs the question: Why does humanity need the Earth's great variety of plants, animals and microorganisms--its biodiversity?

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