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   March 2004

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Postcard Thumbnail (see caption) A Thorny Situation

Considered extinct by scientists for decades, the thin-spined porcupine was rediscovered during the 1980s in Brazil's Atlantic forest. After centuries of urban growth, less than 7 percent of the original forest remains, providing refuge for hundreds of endemic animal species and thousands of endemic plants.

Photograph by Mark W. Moffett
From Hotspot: Brazil, National Geographic magazine, March 2004

Postcard Thumbnail (see caption) Meltdown

Moraine from Shakes Glacier finds its way to British Columbia's Stikine River Valley, home to moose, grizzly bears, and outdoorsmen.

Photograph by Sarah Leen
From Final Edit, National Geographic magazine, March 2004

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