A Chimp settles in for a Siesta

A chimp settles in for a siesta high in the forest canopy.

In Rajasthan, women turn to grueling wage labor, earning two dollars a day for digging a reservoir.

United Arab Emirates—In Dubai natural and man-made electricity illuminate the night.
As jagged needles of lightning darn an overcast sky, the sail-shaped, 1,053-foot-tall Burj al Arab hotel glows green on the edge of the Persian Gulf.

Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
In Eyre Fjord, a small pod of Peale's dolphins lead the way to the face of Pío XI, one of many places where dynamic forces are shaping the future of Chilean Patagonia.

In Katalalixar National Reserve, a fjord runs milky blue with silt-laden glacial meltwater, temperate rain forest draping its steep sides.

Katalalixar National Reserve
Inland ice fields give way along Chile's coast to a maze of islands and fjords.
The weather here is rarely calm.
 On Byron Island, the skull of a sei whale rests in a tidal creek—until the next storm.

Floating pens hold salmon being raised for export to foreign markets.
Intensive production methods have led to pollution and the spread of infectious salmon anemia.
The industry's solution—even as output falters—is to move south into pristine fjords, leaving behind waste, disease, and oxygen-depleted water.


United States—Looking like a lemon torte on a plate of petals, a lotus blooms in a Maryland garden pool.
The chartreuse circle, three inches in diameter, is dotted with 23 seed holders and ringed by immature pollen sacs.

Cold blue contrasts with warm brown as mosses and lichens colonize bare rock left behind by the retreat of Témpano Glacier in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park.

Leopards prey on chimpanzees.

Torres del Paine National Park
A 40-knot wind bends a ñire tree on the banks of the Río Paine.
Fed by runoff from glaciers and copious snow and rain, Patagonia's rivers flow fast and furious—a tempting source of hydropower.

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