From the rocky coasts of the Pacific Northwest’s mighty Pacific Ocean to the tops of the Canadian Rockies, through Florida Everglades’ River of Grass and across the painted deserts of the American Southwest then over the Appalachian Mountains … these galleries have a little bit of everything that the best of North American landscapes can offer.
Beaches and Coasts
North America has some of the most beautiful coastlines on the planet. This gallery will feature sandy beaches and rocky coasts from the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to the Gulf of Mexico.
Lakes and Rivers
From the deafening waterfalls and raging rivers swollen by alpine snow melt to our gentle lowland creeks and streams, ponds and lakes, fresh water sources are vitally important to all of our ecosystems and habitats, both at the source and downstream.
Sometimes it’s pure seismic and tectonic violence that makes North America the wild, beautiful place that it is. Whether it’s the Chisos Mountains of West Texas, Rocky Mountains of the Canadian and American Interior, the Appalachian Mountains of the East Coast or the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest – rugged beauty abounds!
Deserts and Plains
Deserts are known as places where it is brutally hot during the day, and viciously cold at night. These two forces make for an amazing type of landscape that is completely governed by climate and geography, and recorded in geology.
Forests are critical habitats for all life on Earth. Forests pump out the oxygen we need to live and absorb the carbon dioxide we exhale (or emit). Just one adult leafy tree can produce as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. Nearly half of all the world’s known species live in forests, including 80 percent of biodiversity on land.
Wetlands are places where water covers soil all or part of the time. Wetlands are important because they protect and improve water quality, provide fish and wildlife habitats, store floodwaters and maintain surface water flow during dry periods.
Prairies and Grasslands
Prairies are ecosystems considered part of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome by ecologists, based on similar temperate climates, moderate rainfall, and a composition of grasses, herbs, and shrubs, rather than trees, as the dominant vegetation type.