Heart in Voh in New Caledonia
“Heart in Voh” is a heart-shaped mangrove swamp in New Caledonia. Located in tropical coastal regions, these mangrove swamps contain rich habitat and help protect the land from storm surges and soil erosion. Climate change and industrialization, however, have contributed to widespread destruction of mangrove swamps.
Fields of Tulips near Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Netherlands has a long history of cultivating and developing different varieties of tulips. Although these colorful rows of flowering bulbs are a beautiful sight, the Dutch were also notorious for their use of pesticides for bulb protection. Fortunately, public and private regulations have been passed recently to enforce more environmentally friendly practices.
Flamingos on Lake Nakuru, Kenya
If you look closely enough, you’ll see that this giant pink cloud is actually made of tiny, individual flamingos wading in the inky waters of Kenya’s in Lake Nakuru. For years, deforestation and pollution inflows disrupted the ecosystem and led to massive flamingo deaths. In 1990, the Ramsar Convention designated Lake Nakuru as a protected site to put a stop to the environmental destruction.
Meanders in the Amazon River near Manaus, Brazil
The mighty Amazon River snakes across Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, and boasts the largest drainage basin in the world. Home to over 3,000 known species of fish (with more constantly being discovered), this river is famous for its incredibly rich ecosystem. The deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest, however, is destroying the region’s biodiversity and causing major flooding.