Nature

Terminal Ice

Hot enough for you? Yeah, us too. Go to the bottom of the planet—or the top—and you can't miss the warning signs of a warm apocalypse. And at the heart of the mystery, like broken shards of...

Dude Over Troubled Water

The strangest stuff litters the flood-sloshed banks of the Mississippi River and her tributaries�tires by the hundred, refrigerators, automobiles, messages in a bottle, urine in a bottle, and...

Where the Ghost Bird Sings by the Poison Springs

What's that smell? It's a teeming avian sanctuary—and a sump of troubled waters. It's a mess that we created—and a puzzle we can't solve. It's California's Salton Sea, a hypersaline lake...

Walking the Line

An ardent defender of wilderness reflects on the solace of the mountains—and reconsiders his long-ago travels in Afghanistan, and a new world of human tragedy

La Ruta Maya

Cigar-smoking santos, icy Belikin, crumbling pyramids, freshly spun tortillas, slithering vipers, and everlasting love

Jungle Gym

Welcome to Bigfoot's winter hideaway, where unclimbed mountains, roaring whitewater, and a new luxury eco-lodge await you

Here, Sharky, Sharky

In the seas off South Africa's Dyer Island, shark mania and risk adventure have combined with a vengeance. For a few bucks, one of a gang of ill-qualified, ill-equipped dive operators will drop you...

The Last Best Peninsula

The Costa Rica of legend still exists. But you have to crash through breakers and fight off pigs to find it.