Vieste is a coastal town in Gargano National Park, in southeast Italy. It’s known for its beaches, like Scialara, home to the imposing Pizzomunno limestone monolith, and the broad Spiaggia di San Lorenzo. Marine fossils and rare shells are on display at the Museum of Malacology. Nearby are the Castello Svevo, a medieval fortress, and the 11th-century Vieste Cathedral, with its baroque bell tower and painted ceiling.
The 2021 BirdWatching Photography Awards received more than 770 entries — images of owls, eagles, hummingbirds, cranes, and passerines, among others — from hundreds of photographers.
Oceanic Islands make up a sixth of all land on Earth. In the Pacific alone, more than 25,000 islands are scattered amidst the endless blue. From Hawaii’s rocky mountains, to coral atolls of the Maldives, each hosting unique communities of life and species found nowhere else on Earth. Ecosystems that would not exist if not for the powerful forces that pulled these mighty rocks from the abyss. Volcanism, and tectonics.
00:00 – An Introduction to Oceanic Islands 01:39 – Chapter 1: Life and Death of an Island – The Abundance of Islands 02:34 – Chapter 1: Life and Death of an Island – How Islands Form 03:26 – Chapter 1: Life and Death of an Island – How Coral Atolls Form 05:04 – Chapter 2: A Land of Opportunity – The Arrival of Life at Islands 07:48 – Chapter 2: A Land of Opportunity – Adaptive Radiation 08:52 – Chapter 2: A Land of Opportunity – The Story of Darwin’s Finches 09:33 – Chapter 2: A Land of Opportunity – A Scale Model of Evolution 11:37 – Chapter 2: A Land of Opportunity – The Lemurs of Madagascar 12:57 – Chapter 3: Life Beneath the Waves – The Island Mass Effect 14:02 – Chapter 3: Life Beneath the Waves – The Galapagos Humboldt Current 15:02 – Chapter 3: Life Beneath the Waves – The Importance of Mangroves 16:14 – Conclusion: The Importance of Islands 17:19 – Message from our Sponsor
Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city, sits on the Ohio River along the Indiana border. Every May, its race course Churchill Downs hosts the Kentucky Derby, a renowned horse race whose long history is explored at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Baseball is celebrated at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, where Major League bats are produced and a giant baseball “slugger” marks the entrance.
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Covering the northern third of the island of Great Britain, mainland Scotland has a 96-mile (154 km) border with England to the southeast and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast and the Irish Sea to the south. The country also contains more than 790 islands, principally in the archipelagos of the Hebrides and the Northern Isles. Most of the population, including the capital Edinburgh, is concentrated in the Central Belt – the plain between the Scottish Highlands and the Southern Uplands – in the Scottish Lowlands.