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Range of wild turkey

The wild turkey, scientifically known as Meleagris gallopavo , is indigenous to North America, predominantly inhabiting forests and grasslands. Its range spans from southern Canada through the United States and into parts of Mexico. Historically, these birds roamed across all forested regions of North America, but their numbers sharply declined in the 19th and early 20th centuries due to hunting and habitat destruction. Conservation efforts, including reintroduction programs and habitat restoration, have played a significant role in revitalizing wild turkey populations in many areas. Today, they can be found in various habitats, such as forests, woodlands, grasslands, and swamps, where they feed on a diet of seeds, nuts, fruits, and insects. Estimating wild turkey populations is a complex task, and figures can vary depending on the source and methodology. Nonetheless, based on general estimates and trends, certain states, provinces, and regions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico
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Alligator range in the United States

Alligators, which are sharp-toothed reptiles, are semi-aquatic creatures classified under the order Crocodylia, family Alligatoridae, genus Alligator. The genus Alligator comprises two known living species: the American alligator ( Alligator Mississippians ) and the Chinese alligator ( Alligator sinensis ). Additionally, there are several extinct species within the Alligatoridae family, including four known extinct species within the genus Alligator: Alligator mefferdi (native to North America, lived during the Pliocene epoch, about 5.3 million to 2.6 million years ago), Alligator olseni (native to Florida, lived during the Pleistocene epoch, about 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago), Alligator prenasalis (native to North America, lived during the Eocene epoch, about 56 to 33.9 million years ago), and Alligator mcgrewi (native to modern Nebraska, lived during the Early Miocene, about 23 to 16 million years ago). Alligators are apex predators known for their long lifespan of up to 5

Decades of Ocean Surface Temperature Data Reveal Intensifying Impact of Climate Change

Last year's alarm over record-breaking ocean temperatures has not abated. Recent data suggests that the concerning trend persists well into 2024. Reddit user SPY225 compiled data from the Climate Analyze r into a visually informative chart, highlighting the alarming surge in ocean temperatures. The line on the chart has already surpassed 21.2 degrees Celsius (70.16 degrees Fahrenheit), exceeding last year's peak. If this trajectory continues, we anticipate further unprecedented weather extremes, signaling a somber indication of our role as stewards of the Earth.

The World's Fastest-Sinking Coastal Cities

Rising sea levels pose a threat to the future of coastal cities around the world, but another major concern is the sinking of the cities themselves. Known as "Relative Local Land Subsidence" (RLLS), this phenomenon occurs when underground materials compact or collapse, causing the surface above to sink. This subsidence can exacerbate the effects of rising sea levels, which are currently averaging 3.7 mm/year, making it a crucial metric to track for coastal communities. Using research that monitored changes in land subsidence in 48 high-population coastal cities located within 50 kilometers of the coastline between 2014 and 2020, Planet Anomaly mapped the fastest-sinking coastal cities across the globe. Key Findings: Out of the 44 sinking coastal cities observed to be sinking faster than sea levels were rising, 30 are located in Asia. Tianjin, China, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, lead the list of the fastest-sinking coastal cities overall, experiencing peak Relative Local

Hippopotamus distribution in Africa

Hippos, scientifically known as Hippopotamus amphibius , are fascinating creatures that inhabit the rivers, lakes, and swamps of sub-Saharan Africa. These semi-aquatic mammals are renowned for their hefty build, with adult males typically weighing between 1,500 to 3,200 kilograms (3,300 to 7,100 pounds) and measuring up to 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) in length, while females are slightly smaller. Despite their imposing size, hippos are surprisingly agile both in water and on land. These animals boast a unique adaptation: their eyes, ears, and nostrils are located high on their heads, allowing them to remain mostly submerged while still able to see, hear, and breathe. Hippos are predominantly herbivorous, feeding on grasses and aquatic plants during the night, when they venture onto land in search of food. Their thick, barrel-shaped bodies are well-suited to their aquatic lifestyle, allowing them to spend most of their days submerged in water to regulate their body temperature and avoid the

French Artists' 1899 Vision of Life in the Year 2000

 Atomic physicist Niels Bohr is famously quoted as saying, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” Yet despite years of inaccuracies, magazines persist in publishing think pieces on where we might be in the coming decades or centuries. It provides us with a sense of hope, even though inventions like personal jetpacks and moon colonies are long overdue. However, it's Isaac Asimov who seems to possess the only set of postcards titled En L’An 2000 , a collection of around 87 artist cards that were originally distributed as inserts in cigar boxes in 1899, just in time for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. Translated as “France in the 21st Century,” these cards feature interpretations by Jean-Marc Côté and other illustrators of how we might be living... well, 23 years ago. The history behind the production of these cards is quite convoluted, with the original commissioning company going out of business before distributing them. Whether this company was

How Much Longer Can you Live if you Breathed Clean Air?

Air pollution presents significant challenges to human health and well-being, impacting atmospheric visibility and exacerbating climate change. With the escalation of social and economic activities, human-induced PM2.5 pollution from intensive human actions has resulted in severe air pollution . PM2.5 pollution refers to particulate matter that has a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or smaller. It comprises an intricate blend of solids and aerosols, including tiny liquid droplets, dry solid particles, and solid cores coated with liquid. These particles are minuscule and can remain suspended in the air for long periods, making them easily inhalable. PM2.5 pollution primarily originates from sources such as vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions, construction activities, and wildfires. Exposure to PM2.5 pollution is associated with a range of adverse health effects, including respiratory and cardiovascular problems . When inhaled, these fine particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and eve