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5 Endangered National Parks (Slideshow)

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2.  Lake Clark

This is one of the least-visited national parks, in remote Alaska and is staggeringly beautiful. And, unfortunately, threatened.

A new gold rush has inspired 1,000 square miles’ worth of gold claims since 2003 — directly adjacent to Lake Clark National Park, and near to Katmai National Park, in the salmon-rich headwaters of Bristol Bay, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.

Late in 2008, the Bush Administration opened another 1 million acres of nearby federal lands to mining. Most threatening is the Pebble Mine, which is even being opposed by many jewelry makers because it poses such an environmental threat.

You’d better visit soon if you have ever craved an experience in untouched Arctic nature, on the Pacific ring of fire.

Photo Credit: carlandkalah

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1:16PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

The way to preserve them is to remind our children of their connectedness with them...that we are part of all that...not meant to destroy it....

2:00AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

There are some really beautiful places in this world, the problem is that we simply take them for granted. Once we have destroyed this world's beauty it will be impossible to get it back.

2:58PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012


5:08PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Noted. Thanks for the update.

10:52AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

This is terrible news and also very frustrating! Not enough people care about these issues.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

That is sad news indeed. We need to preserve our national parks and other wild lands.

11:27PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

This just makes me very sad. Money for war, but none to preserve our wilderness.

10:14PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

Beautiful. And way too good to lose.

8:01PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012


6:14PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

So sad but true.

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