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The Good Country Index measures how much each of 125 countries contributes to the planet. Announced today, the Index features some unexpected winners — and even more surprising losers.
Bull trout by USFWS Pacific on Flickr.
Out on Bighorn (Ram) Creek, in the Wigwam River drainage of British Columbia. This is one of the last, best places for spawning of the fedearlly-threatened bull trout, and is part of the Kootenay River system, which sees an annual migration of bull trout from Lake Koocanusa, some fifty miles away. The fish prefer very cold water of 40 degrees or so in order to spawn, and the springs in this area provide that. This drainage flows into the Wigwam, then the Elk, and between them they support some 5,000 bull trout, more than anywhere else.
Photo courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service
#SpyInTheHuddle…? Meet “Emperor Cam” - one of 50 spycams used to record many first-time images of penguin behavior. The three-part series, narrated by actor David Tennant, airs on NATURE on PBS on Sept. 24! Here’s a clip: http://youtu.be/k0u67Wk_hJ0
Stromatolites (by mrfuller)
These are the oldest lifeforms on Earth, existing for over 3.5 billion years. This is a UNESCO heritage site and one of the only places in the world to find living stromatolites. And they don’t mind the heat: It was 47˚C when I took this.