Wonder on the Web
Valley of Life
In a place marked by salt flats, sand dunes, and temperatures so blisteringly hot the whole landscape shimmers, the hills are suddenly alive. Death Valley, California, normally gets just 2 inches of rain each year. It’s the lowest, driest, and hottest place in North America. But heavy rains last fall set up the perfect conditions for a rare “superbloom” of more than 20 species of wildflowers—a phenomenon that ...
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- Editor's Note from March 31, 2016
Issue 45: The fun in naming, how pyrite changed the world, and why it’s fine that piratebush didn’t change much of anything. /
- Our First Mission Isn’t Finished
There’s plenty left to name in the sometimes silly, always vast field of taxonomy. /
- The Surprising Riches of Fool’s Gold
Pyrite, the stone rejected as an imposter, is the cornerstone of the modern world. /
- Let Us Now Praise Obscure, Useless Plants
God and I delight in piratebush like he delights in me. /
- Fetal Heartbeat
“like the wings of millions of monarchs returned” /
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