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Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

  • Research at Kenai Fjords National Park this summer should provide a better understanding of how glaciers melt, move, and drain away their meltwater.

    The work, being performed by a team from the University of Iowa, is focused on the lower sections of Exit Glacier.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its fall colors...and it's also famous for its hundreds and hundreds of miles of backcountry trails. Which do you base a Great Smoky trip around?

    True, you can be diplomatic and say both -- that you plan your hiking excursions to coincide with fall colors.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

  • Editor's note: This updates with the identification of the hiker.

    The dangers of snowfields, perhaps unexpected at mid-summer, played out in Glacier National Park when a hiker died from injuries sustained in a slide down a snow-covered slope off the Grinnell Glacier Trail.

    Nicholas Ryan, 30, from Omaha,

  • In perhaps just the most recent example of legislative might, U.S. Rep.

Monday, July 18th, 2011

  • Whitebark pine trees, a "foundation species" that grows high in the upper reaches of parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Yosemite, and Kings Canyon, is in need of Endangered Species Act protection from climate change, according to the U.S.