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  • Yangtze’s peril, promise : exploring above and below China's Three Gorges Dam, The 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    The Three Gorges Dam is, by most counts, the largest dam in the world, 1.3 miles wide, and impounds more water than any other dam, creating a lake 400 miles long, about the length of Lake Superior. Three scenic wild gorges ...
  • Learning how to think like a mountain 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Holmes Rolston reports on a search to find the site where Aldo Leopold shot a wolf and watched the green fire in her dying eyes, learning to think like a mountain, Apache National Forest, Arizona. Thinking big in the big outdoors.
  • Wild horses, vast desert : Mongolia's cultural and natural history both unique on Earth 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Rolston travels to Mongolia to see Przewalski's horses, or takhi, the only truly wild horse, never domesticated, once extinct in the wild, and now restored to the Mongolian landscape from horses that were captive in European ...
  • Spring bear hunt isn't fair : end it, The 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Article arguing against spring bear hunting in the state of Colorado. In the spring bear hunt, especially with dogs, cubs are separated from their nursing mothers. If the sow is killed, the cubs starve. Bear hunting is ...
  • Great Dismal Swamp is not a dismal place at all 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Rolston account of paddling the Great Dismal Swamp along a "ditch" (canal) dug by the slaves of George Washington, in southeastern Virginia. Lake Drummond, natural and cultural history, folklore, biodiversity in the swamp, ...
  • Mystery and majesty in Washington County 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Rolston’s accounts exploring fauna, flora, and natural history in Washington County, Southwestern Virginia, during a decade of residence there, 1960s. A tribute to the Southern Appalachian hills that once were home.
  • September hawking on Clinch Mountain 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Fall raptor migrations observed from Clinch Mountain, Washington County, Virginia, late 1950s, early 1960s.
  • Madagascar offers rare experience 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Rolston's account of a trip to Madagascar in October 2010. Lemurs, endemic fauna and flora, flying foxes, conservation in Madagascar, loss of biodiversity, forests, eroded landscape, poverty of Malagasy people.
  • Bristolian shoots rapids on America's wildest river 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Rolston's account of a river run through the Grand Canyon, Lee's Ferry to Lake Mead, July 27-August 5, 1967.
  • Wolves pack in entertainment 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Rolston's account of tracking and watching wolves in Yellowstone National Park, March 2011. Agate Creek Pack, and yearling pups. Lamar Pack and elk kills. Grizzly eating bison. Alpha 06 female, pregnant, and recollections ...
  • Searching for tigers in India 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Rolston spots two tigers in the wild, one in Ranthambore National Park, one in Kanha National Park in India. Other wildlife seen: leopard, cheetal, sambar, barasinga, nilgai, gaur, wild pigs, jackals, Sarus cranes, bar ...
  • Komodo dragons highlight Indonesian adventure 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Rolston account of a September 2011 trip to see Komodo dragons in the wild, on Komodo and Rinca Islands, Indonesia. Also Orange-footed Scrubfowl, or Megapodes.
  • Pasqueflower, The 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    The Pasqueflower surviving through winter, blooming at the Pasque, Easter, offers a glimpse of the precocious exuberance of life, a token of the covenant of life to continue in beauty despite the wintry storms. To pause ...
  • We should preserve our western skyline 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Advocating saving Horsetooth Mountain as a county park, with a referendum for sales tax increase enabling purchase of land owned by a farmer and threatened by development. Horsetooth Mountain should be preserved as the ...
  • Save Poudre as signature of eternity 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Advocating saving the Poudre River as wild and scenic, against development and dams for irrigation and residential water. The Poudre River canyon is an age-old gorge with a river still flowing free, an impressive signature ...
  • Siberia : beautiful, bleak, full of uncertainty 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Report on a trip to Siberia and Lake Baikal, with a focus on conservation biology, led by Russian scientists, and sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Riding the Trans-Siberian railway ...
  • Nature of the beast : in Uganda, people and primates face unique struggles 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Report on trip to Uganda: gorilla and chimpanzee conservation and development. Uganda primate encounters leave a more lasting searching both for human origins and future hopes. Here the human species, exemplified in these ...
  • Exploring the great migration of the Serengeti 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Report on trip to see the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, Tanzania. In the vast wildebeest migration, a million and a half ungainly antelope migrate a thousand miles showing an endurance that belies their clumsy ...
  • Galapagos : following in Darwin's footsteps 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Report on trip to the Galapagos Islands. Rolston recalls Darwin's experience encountering hundreds of "most disgusting, clumsy lizards," three-foot marine iguanas. Not "pretty," but then again not "disgusting." He is not ...
  • Call of the wild : African safari a mix of intrigue, adventure and survival 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Report on trip to Botswana, environmental conservation and biodiversity, May-June 1999. Encountering a leopard in the night and wild dogs on the hunt gives experience of the ancient struggle to eat and not be eaten. Life ...

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