North America

Arizona by Jack Dykinga
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Epitomizing the awe-inspiring landscapes of the American Southwest, Arizona contains some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent. Vast canyons, empty deserts and wind-sculpted rocks join towering saguaro cacti and the worlds' largest ponderosa pine forest.
The Southern basin is noted for its desert climate, with exceptionally hot summers and mild winters, while the high country in the north is appreciably cooler, with mountain streams, alpine meadows and snow-capped peaks.
But Arizona is best known for the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and an IUCN World Heritage Site. A major attraction to photographers as well as tourists, it is one of the best places to capture the effects of light across the land.
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Despite being the most populous U.S. state with a prosperous agricultural industry, California is one of the richest and most diverse parts of the world, with natural wonders ranging from towering forests, treacherous deserts, coastal islands, broad mountain ranges and a giant kelp forest. It is the American state with the greatest diversity of terrain and climate, which ranges from Mediterranean to subarctic.
California contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney and Death Valley respectively) as well as the tallest and oldest trees.
The California poppy is the official state flower, and can be found in great numbers at the peak of the blooming season.
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Everglades, Florida
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The Everglades is a subtropical wetland system in southern Florida. It is the largest wetland system in the United States, stretching from the Kissimmee River in Orlando to the southern tip of Florida. During the wet season, Lake Okeechobee overflows, releasing water into a very slow moving, shallow river dominated by sawgrass marsh and often called "the river of grass". The water flows southward, passing through a variety of interdependent ecosystems including cypress swamps, wet prairies and estuarine mangroves, until it reaches Everglades National Park itself, covering 1.5 million acres of wetland wilderness. Eventually the water reaches Florida Bay and discharges into the sea.
The low topography means that water flows broadly over Everglades National Park, creating a haven for wildlife. It has the largest concentration of wading birds on the American continent, and is also famous for its alligators. Visitors typically travel by canoe or air boat.
The Everglades landscape is threatened by water diversions and flood control projects as well as agriculture, urban development and invasive species. The size of the Everglades has decreased dramatically since the 1800's but remains a vital ecosystem for wildlife, as well as providing services such as flood defence, drinking water and recreation. It is recognised as an International Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance.
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Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
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Created in 1872, Yellowstone was the very first national park in the world. It is the centerpiece of the 20 million acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a region that includes Grand Teton National Park and adjacent National Forests. Considered to be the world's largest intact ecosystem in the northern temperate zone, Yellowstone is well-known for its wildlife and is the most popular megafauna location in the Continental United States, occupied by grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk. It is located primarily in Wyoming but extends into Montana and Idaho.
Yellowstone has many types of ecosystems, including subalpine forest, mountain ranges, canyons, lakes and rivers. The topography has been shaped by lava flows and volcanic rocks from the still-active Yellowstone Caldera, the largest sup
Kelp Forest, California
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White Sands National Park
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On 20th December 2019, with the signature of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, White Sands National Monument, originally designated in 1933, became the USA's 62nd national park and was renamed White Sands National Park. Located in southern New Mexico, the national park contains the world's largest gypsum dune field.
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