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Powder River Basin: Coal on the move

Gary Braasch The broad high prairie of eastern Wyoming and southern Montana was once the bottom of a shallow sea, a rich subtropical swampland for millions of years. Layers of plants began forming peat beds 60 million years ago, later to be buried and compressed into bituminous coal strata. The Missouri River became the dominant stream as the Northern Rockies formed, with tributaries like the Yellowstone, Powder, and Cheyenne rivers running north and east to meet it. Their erosion eventually left coal seams only a few feet beneath the land surface of what today is called the Powder River Basin. …

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Photos of species threatened by climate change

The following photos and excerpt -- highlighting the threats posed to animals and plants by climate change -- are drawn from Gary Braasch's new book Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming Is Changing the World, published by the University of California Press, © 2007. Featuring more than 100 photographs, Earth Under Fire shows species, cultures, and entire ecosystems at risk due to rapid climate change. It tells personal stories of the people whose lives are being disrupted, and delves into the larger implications for businesses, governments, and societies. Click arrows to advance images. Photos © Gary Braasch As the climate …

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Global warming in action in the Antarctic

The scene is breathtaking, even mystical. Four searchlight beams arrow down from above me to a vanishing point over dark water. Sea fog sweeps in along the beams and occasionally an iceberg is illuminated. From the left, a small, pale full moon is just showing over the clouds. I am on the bridge of the National Science Foundation research icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer, approaching the Antarctic Circle along the Antarctic Peninsula. Our first location after crossing the Antarctic Circle is the face of Muller Ice Shelf, the most northerly shelf on the west side of the peninsula. The fjord is …

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