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'Ice yachts' turn frozen river into highway

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Thrill seekers in Upstate New York are preserving the sport of 'ice yachting' -- using antique ski boats to glide across frozen rivers and lakes at high speed. (March 7) Video provided by AP


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Hydropower on the Mekong: Progress or Folly?

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Deutsche Welle (June 3, 2013) — The Mekong River is the lifeblood of some 60 million people. It provides the conditions necessary for rice cultivation and a rich supply of freshwater fish. But Laos has identified its potential as a provider of energy. The country wants to become the "powerhouse" of Southeast Asia and is planning to build six hydropower plants on the river. But environmentalists and neighboring countries object to the plans, fearing the ecological consequences of the project, as well as the effect on the people living by the river. The Mekong River is home to some 700 species of fish, whose downriver passage will be disrupted by the construction of the dams. Critics say both the fishing and the tourist industries will suffer as a result of the project.
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Yangtze River

Yangtze River

National Geographic (Mar. 18, 2012) — China’s Yangtze River is home to some of the world’s most spectacular whitewater, but plans to dam the river for hydropower threatens to alter the river’s natural landscape. National Geographic Young Explorer Trip Jennings and a group of international scientists, conservationists and river enthusiasts raft 120 miles of the Yangtze’s Great Bend for what may be the last time. The team hopes the seven day journey will bring national attention to this threatened wonder before the flow of development slows the rushing waters.
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Spectacular Ice Caves on Lake Superior

Spectacular Ice Caves on Lake Superior

AP (Feb. 13, 2014) — Droves of people are braving the cold to hike a frozen Lake Superior to see dramatic ice caves in northern Wisconsin. Since the caves were deemed accessible in January, more than 35,000 have hiked to see the ice formations. (Feb. 13) Video provided by AP
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Lower Mississippi River Reopens After Oil Spill

Lower Mississippi River Reopens After Oil Spill

AP (Feb. 24, 2014) — The Coast Guard reopened the Mississippi River on Monday, two days after an oil spill closed the river between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. About 31,500 gallons of light crude oil spilled into the river after a tank barge hit a towboat. (Feb. 24) Video provided by AP
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