brown bear and cub in green field
As large carnivores, Alaska brown bears range over great expanses of land, sometimes as much as 150 square miles for a single bear. In addition, brown bears depend upon such land features and associated animals and plants as alpine, slopes, sedge meadows, salmon streams, and old growth forests. These areas satisfy seasonal needs for feeding, winter denning, raising cubs,...
two men holding bald eagle
Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) are a member of the Accipitridae family, which also includes hawks, kites, and old-world vultures. Scientists loosely divide eagles into four groups based on their physical characteristics and behavior. The bald eagle is a sea or fish eagle. The adults have a blackish-brown back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; and yellow feet and...
Polar Bear walking through icy terrain
Arctic tundra animals do not enjoy the luxury of simply heading into thick forests to escape the biting wind. Instead, it is just them vs. vast expanses of treeless tundra. Some, like the Caribou, do head south to enjoy those forests at least part if the year. Animals in the tundra survive thanks to harboring multiple defenses against the...
Northern Lights over silhouetted tree line
One of the most spectacular phenomenon that you can see when you look up at the sky is the northern lights, also called aurora borealis. The northern lights occur when solar activity from the sun ejects a cloud of gas that travels to the Earth's atmosphere and collides with the Earth's magnetic field, creating the beautiful dancing streams of light...
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Rainforests are extremely diverse, containing a wide variety of plants and animals. Some of the animals found in the rainforests have adapted to the lush landscape, giving them characteristics that look quite strange to us.Check out this list of the 10 strangest animals in the rainforest to see what we mean.10. AxolotlAxolotl (Wikimedia Commons)Axolotls are aquatic salamanders. They owe...
Deer mouse chewing on cactus fruit
Animals have the amazing ability to survive even the harshest of circumstances.Some animals hibernate (go into a deep sleep) so they can survive throughout the cold season when the weather is freezing and the food is scarce. Hibernation truly is a clever survival mechanism. Here is a list of 10 animals that hibernate.10. Wood FrogsIf you saw a frozen...
Coal worker in Linfen
Millions of global citizens live in areas where toxins shorten lives. Here are perhaps ten of the most polluted cities in the world. The primary pollutant in each city is noted in parentheses: 10. Sumgayit, Azerbaijan (petrochemicals) This is another city that suffered from generations of environmental neglect in the former Soviet Union. The indiscriminate discharge of industrial pollutants into the...