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Why Artists are Heading to National Parks and Monuments

Posted by on Mar 31, 2018 @ 1:34 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Why Artists are Heading to National Parks and Monuments

When the sun rises at Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), it slowly peaks out from behind Eagle Cliff, casting a pink-orange morning glow onto the pine-flecked slopes of the Continental Divide. The William Allen White Cabin, once owned by the eponymous Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, has a front-row seat to the grandeur. Inside, the scene is just as special: The newspaper editor’s rolltop desk and a few rocking chairs are arranged in front of a huge stone fireplace. It could all be yours—if you’re one of the lucky writers,...

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Pisgah Ranger District seeks public input on proposed recreation project

Posted by on Mar 31, 2018 @ 9:18 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Pisgah Ranger District seeks public input on proposed recreation project

The Pisgah National Forest will be holding an open house on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at the Pisgah Ranger Station to discuss a proposed project to increase the sustainability of recreation. “The project is not intended to address all possible improvements on the Pisgah Ranger District, but includes timely projects that consider the social, ecological, and economic elements of sustainable recreation,” said Dave Casey, District Ranger. “This includes construction of connector trails, re-routing trails, trail head...

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Fire funding fix comes with environmental rollbacks

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 @ 5:18 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Fire funding fix comes with environmental rollbacks

Congress accomplished something unprecedented last week: They passed a bipartisan solution to a knotty budget issue that has hobbled the U.S. Forest Service’s ability to do restoration and fire-prevention work in Western forests. The $1.3 trillion federal spending package included a long-sought funding fix for wildfire response. Starting in 2020, the Forest Service will be able to access over $2 billion a year outside of its regular fire suppression budget. As recently as 1995, the Forest Service spent only 16 percent of its budget on fire....

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Blue Ridge Parkway announces 2018 opening dates

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 @ 9:07 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Blue Ridge Parkway announces 2018 opening dates

Cold but dreamy snowfalls punctuated by balmy, hurry-up-and-hike days made for an unpredictable winter on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but according to the calendar, it’s officially spring. Soon campgrounds, visitor centers, picnic areas, and historical sites will be ready for the influx of travelers. In 2017, more than 16 million came to experience the mountains and the communities along the way. You can lay out the welcome mat for those travelers during the Project Parkway Campground Cleanup event from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 21. The...

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Stunning drops in solar, wind costs mean economic case for coal, gas is ‘crumbling’

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 @ 6:32 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Stunning drops in solar, wind costs mean economic case for coal, gas is ‘crumbling’

Prices for solar, wind, and battery storage are dropping so rapidly that renewables are increasingly squeezing out all forms of fossil fuel power, including natural gas. The cost of new solar plants dropped 20 percent over the past 12 months, while onshore wind prices dropped 12 percent, according to the latest Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report. Since 2010, the prices for lithium-ion batteries — crucial to energy storage — have plummeted a stunning 79 percent. Solar and wind plants — which are increasingly being built with battery...

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Petrified Forest National Park: 10 tips for your visit

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 @ 9:23 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Petrified Forest National Park: 10 tips for your visit

One of the largest concentrations of petrified wood in the world is found at Petrified Forest National Park in eastern Arizona, about 110 miles east of Flagstaff and 210 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Scientific studies show that the petrified trees found within the park date back 211 to 218 million years. Add to that dramatic, colorful geological formations and ancient art and you’ll quickly see why Petrified Forest National Park is a must-visit; last year, just over 643,000 people trekked through the park. In December 1906,...

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Dam removal projects restore WNC waterways

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 @ 1:49 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Nonprofits, community groups and government agencies throughout Western North Carolina are now working to remove a legacy of outdated dams. Although challenging, the process offers benefits for the wildlife, safety and recreation potential of the area’s waterways. Ecology provides the primary impetus for most dam removal projects. At the most basic level, eliminating these barriers allows native species to reach previously inaccessible habitats. “We have the highest freshwater species diversity in the country right here in the southeastern...

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Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge, a former nuclear weapons plant, prepares to open hiking trails this summer

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 @ 9:39 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge, a former nuclear weapons plant, prepares to open hiking trails this summer

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to open the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge in Colorado to the public this summer despite attempts to block developing the refuge, which circles a shuttered nuclear weapons production facility. Private tours have already started, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager David Lucas said. No hard date exists yet for the full opening but it is expected to be this summer. “The neat thing about Rocky Flats is it has been undisturbed for the past 70 years as opposed to lands on the other side that have...

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Tragically lost in Joshua Tree’s wild interior

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018 @ 1:06 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Tragically lost in Joshua Tree’s wild interior

In June 2010, Bill Ewasko traveled alone from his home in suburban Atlanta to Joshua Tree National Park, where he planned to hike for several days. Ewasko, 66, was an avid jogger, a Vietnam vet and a longtime fan of the desert West. A family photo of Ewasko standing at the summit of Mount San Jacinto, another popular hiking destination in Southern California, shows a cheerful man with a salt-and-pepper mustache, looking fit, prepared and perfectly comfortable in the outdoors. Ewasko left a rough itinerary behind with his girlfriend, Mary...

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Tips for staying safe while hiking in Arizona

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018 @ 9:16 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Tips for staying safe while hiking in Arizona

Thanks to amazing weather and topography, southern Arizona can be a hiker’s dream. That dream can become a nightmare if you don’t take basic precautions or plan ahead, especially when the temperatures soar. When the heat comes, hiking or other outdoor activities should be limited to early morning hours and be completed no later than 10 a.m. Anyone planning on hiking should take the following precautions before heading out: Know your limits. Hike with someone familiar with the trail. Let friends or family know where you’re going...

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UN reports see a lonelier planet with fewer plants, animals

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 @ 12:08 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

UN reports see a lonelier planet with fewer plants, animals

Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate, according to four new United Nations scientific reports that provide the most comprehensive and localized look at the state of biodiversity. Scientists meeting in Colombia issued four regional reports on how well animal and plants are doing in the Americas; Europe and Central Asia; Africa; and the Asia-Pacific area. Their conclusion after three years of study : Nowhere is doing well. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem was about more...

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Hiking: What to wear in the great outdoors

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 @ 9:25 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking: What to wear in the great outdoors

There’s that saying, “you can never be too overdressed for any occasion,” while that saying is commonly referred to dates, dinners, events and other entertainment type activities it’s also 100 percent applicable for hiking but for a different reason. When it comes to hiking clothes, you should think about where you are going and how challenging the terrain. Is it Winter and will you be playing in the snow among the giants? Is it Spring or Fall and you’re touring Joshua Tree National Park? Is it August, 95 degrees...

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New ‘Celtic Camino’ spurs second coming for Irish pilgrim trails

Posted by on Mar 25, 2018 @ 1:22 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

New ‘Celtic Camino’ spurs second coming for Irish pilgrim trails

Did you know pilgrims don’t have to start their ‘Camino’ in Spain? That a ‘Celtic Camino’ allows you to kick off the route in Ireland? For just over a year now, walkers who complete a ‘Celtic Camino’ – by walking at least 25km of a pilgrim trail in Ireland – can collect a special certificate issued by the Camino Society Ireland at St. James’ Church in Dublin. The certificate – gained after walking routes like Tochar Phádraig, Co. Mayo or St. Kevin’s Way in Co. Wicklow –...

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So Many Cacti Are Getting Stolen From Arizona’s National Park, They’re Being Microchipped

Posted by on Mar 25, 2018 @ 10:04 am in Conservation | 0 comments

So Many Cacti Are Getting Stolen From Arizona’s National Park, They’re Being Microchipped

Visiting America’s national parks will forever change you. The remarkable beauty that these vast areas have to offer is almost impossible to truly describe — which is why people are often tempted to take a piece of the park home with them in the form of a plant, rock, or something more precious. But it should go without saying you should never, ever vandalize or steal from a national park. Some people, it seems, didn’t get that memo. And it’s become such an issue that rangers at Saguaro National Park in Arizona have been forced to put...

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Tanglefoot National Recreation Trail – Mississippi

Posted by on Mar 24, 2018 @ 11:58 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Tanglefoot National Recreation Trail – Mississippi

The Tanglefoot Trail is Mississippi’s longest rails-to-trails conversion, a ten-foot wide asphalt multi-use trail that runs 43.5 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area. Visitors will experience a bit of local history as they pass through fields, forests, meadows, and wetlands along the path of the Chickasaws and Meriwether Lewis, later the route of a railroad built by Col. William C. Falkner, great-grandfather of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner. The Tanglefoot...

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Kolob Canyons at Zion to Close for Construction Projects

Posted by on Mar 24, 2018 @ 7:30 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Kolob Canyons at Zion to Close for Construction Projects

Access to portions of the Kolob Canyons District of Zion National Park will be restricted due to a construction project beginning May 1, 2018. The project involves reconstructing sections of the road, repaving the entire road, and adding accessible parking, sidewalk, and toilet facilities. All of Kolob Canyons Road, the Visitor Center, and parking lot off of Interstate 15, will be closed to all traffic during the seven month project. The Taylor Creek Trail, the Timber Creek Overlook Trail, Lee Pass Trailhead and other areas served via the...

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Omnibus spending bill would increase funding for national parks and wildfire suppression

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 @ 12:19 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Omnibus spending bill would increase funding for national parks and wildfire suppression

The spending bill passed by the House and Senate on March 22, 2018 would increase funding the National Park Service needs to address its nearly $12 billion maintenance and repair backlog. Under the proposal the Park Service would receive a 9 percent increase to its budget. The measure includes about $160 million to make repairs that would help growing numbers of visitors do everything from navigate challenging trails to have better access to restrooms. It could allow expensive transportation projects to begin soon. The proposed funding...

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Smokies Park Recruits Trail Volunteers

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 @ 9:08 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments

Smokies Park Recruits Trail Volunteers

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced several volunteer workdays beginning April 5 through April 28, 2018 along heavily-used trails and nature loops as the park prepares for the busy summer season. These opportunities are ideal for people interested in learning more about the park and the trails program through hands-on service alongside experienced park staff. Volunteers will help clear limbs and debris that have fallen over the winter months along with helping repair eroded trail sections. Workdays will be held from 9:00...

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Hurricane Harvey’s toxic impact deeper than public told

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 @ 7:22 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Hurricane Harvey’s toxic impact deeper than public told

More than a half-year after Hurricane Harvey flooded America’s largest corridor of energy and petrochemical plants, records show the storm’s environmental assault was more widespread and severe than authorities publicly acknowledged. Piecing together county, state and federal records, The Associated Press and Houston Chronicle catalogued more than 100 Harvey-related toxic releases — on land, in water and air — in metropolitan Houston, America’s fourth-largest city. Most were never publicized. Only a few were investigated by...

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7 great Middle Tennessee trails for Spring Hike Day

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 @ 11:54 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

7 great Middle Tennessee trails for Spring Hike Day

With spring officially here, shake off those winter blahs with one of Tennessee State Parks’ “Happy Spring” hikes, where all 56 of our state parks will offer at least one ranger-led hike on March 24, 2018. Whether you are up for a strenuous all-day outing or a leisurely walk outdoors, or something in between, Tennessee parks have some great options. And many of them are family friendly. Park officials said that all of the All Park spring hikes are free and will be guided by park staff members who can “speak to the...

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Ozark Trail Association Taum-A-Hawk Hiking Race 2018

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 @ 6:47 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Ozark Trail Association Taum-A-Hawk Hiking Race 2018

The Ozark Trail Association is proud to announce the 2nd annual Taum-A-Hawk Hiking Race, a one-day event open to the public, to take place on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 along thirteen miles of the Ozark Trail Taum Sauk Section from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park located in Iron County, Missouri. Traversing through the most scenic and rugged areas of the entire state, mixed-gender teams of two, up to seventy-five teams in total, will hike a time-trial formatted race beginning in the morning at the summit of...

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Maine trio completes Appalachian Trail’s remote 100-Mile Wilderness in winter

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 @ 12:44 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Maine trio completes Appalachian Trail’s remote 100-Mile Wilderness in winter

At the end of February, three Maine men set out on snowshoes to hike the 100-Mile Wilderness, the most remote section of the Appalachian Trail stretching about 100 miles from Monson to Baxter State Park. They completed the arduous journey, over mountains and across half-frozen streams, in nine days, a feat very few hikers accomplish in the winter. For February, the weather was mild, but that didn’t make traveling any easier. In fact, the three wished the weather had been just a bit colder. With the temperature hovering around freezing on most...

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National Park Service warned lease sale could harm national monument in Utah

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 @ 6:54 am in Conservation | 0 comments

National Park Service warned lease sale could harm national monument in Utah

The Bureau of Land Management disregarded a request by the National Park Service that it hold off leasing 17,000 acres of public land in Utah because of concerns that drilling there could harm Hovenweep National Monument’s views and air, groundwater and sound quality. All 13 parcels were sold online as part of a broader sale, with the lease prices ranging from $3 to roughly $91 an acre. According to an Oct. 23, 2017 letter, the Park Service outlined concerns about future oil and gas drilling activities on not just Hovenweep, but also three...

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Massachusetts-New Hampshire hiking loop nears completion

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 @ 12:22 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Massachusetts-New Hampshire hiking loop nears completion

  If the array of trails in Massachusetts’ North Quabbin region, including those along the Millers and Tully rivers, could be connected to the network of trails up near Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, New England would have a world-class hiking jewel of its own. The North Quabbin Trail Association, in partnering with municipalities, naturalists and nonprofit organizations, is expected to announce the completion of the 240-mile “Q and M” Trail in the next year. The Q and M Trail — the name stands for Quabbin and...

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Graphene is the most conductive material on earth; it could charge a cell phone in just five seconds.

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 @ 6:40 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Graphene is the most conductive material on earth; it could charge a cell phone in just five seconds.

Measuring one million times less than the width of a human hair, graphene is harder than diamonds and 200 times stronger than steel. Small, strong, and flexible, it is the most conductive material on earth and has the potential to charge a cell phone in just five seconds or to upload a terabit of data in one. It can be used to filter salt from water, develop bullet-stopping body armor, and create biomicrorobots. These incredible properties have captured the attention of scientists and industry specialists around the world, all seeking to...

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Former Senator’s Wyoming Ranch Purchased for National Forest

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 @ 12:10 pm in Conservation | 0 comments

Former Senator’s Wyoming Ranch Purchased for National Forest

The Bridger-Teton National Forest has acquired a sprawling former ranch that had been the largest remaining private inholding along the Upper Gros Ventre River valley in northwest Wyoming. The $3 million purchase of the 990-acre property roughly 30 miles east of Jackson was recently announced by the U.S. Forest Service and The Trust For Public Land. The land had been donated to the trust in 2014 by former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, a four-term lawmaker and businessman turned philanthropist from Wisconsin. It includes more than 2.5...

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11 tips for trekking in the Himalayas

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 @ 6:39 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

11 tips for trekking in the Himalayas

The good news is you don’t need to be Sir Edmund Hillary to experience the Himalaya Mountains. In fact whatever your age, abilities or experience almost everyone can hike the Himalaya. As the highest mountain range on the planet, the Himalaya have long been a draw for explorers heading to Nepal, India, Bhutan, Tibet, and Pakistan. Furthermore, the countries the Himalayas span are exotic, with very different beliefs, languages, food, flora and fauna to Western countries. While accessible to pretty much all, trekking in the mountains is not...

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Cog Railway closure could impact recreation on Pikes Peak

Posted by on Mar 18, 2018 @ 1:11 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Cog Railway closure could impact recreation on Pikes Peak

In an unexpected turn earlier this week, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, which had stopped operating for the winter for maintenance work, announced that it would not resume operations in the spring, and may not operate for several years — or ever again. Other than a yet-to-be-seen impact to local tourism, both in visitor numbers and revenue, the closure of the railroad may also have an affect on outdoor recreation on the peak. The Cog is more than just a tourist attraction; it’s a transportation system. Many Barr Trail hikers use the Cog as...

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Celebrate 50 years of hiking with Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association

Posted by on Mar 18, 2018 @ 9:58 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Celebrate 50 years of hiking with Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association

April 21-22, 2018 weekend will see the kickoff of a season of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association, Inc. (GHTA), an association of nine member clubs stewarding a 500 km trail stretching from Port Hope (Lake Ontario) at the southern terminus, to Devil’s Glen near Glen Huron, (just south of Blue Mountains) at the western terminus. The trail winds through rolling farmlands and woods, follows quiet country roads and small towns and villages, and even traverses a city (Orillia, Ontario). The wilderness...

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Trail Days in Silver City will celebrate the 40th birthday of the Continental Divide Trail

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018 @ 1:14 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Trail Days in Silver City will celebrate the 40th birthday of the Continental Divide Trail

The 40th birthday of the Continental Divide Trail will be celebrated during Silver City Trail Days. The event takes place April 27-29, 2018 and is the fourth annual Trail Days festival. It not only celebrates the Continental Divide, but also the outdoor culture of New Mexico and Silver City being a gateway community. “Trail Days brings people from all over the world to experience the beauty of southern New Mexico,” Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner said. “The Continental Divide Trail is a wonderful asset to our state and our...

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23 Ways Hiking Makes You Healthier

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

23 Ways Hiking Makes You Healthier

Hiking outdoors offers lots of perks like fresh air, nice views, together with the sounds and smells of nature. So next time when somebody suggest you join a hike, thank them for taking care of your health. There is research that has proven that spending quality time outdoors will boost creative problem-solving talents and attention spans by around 50%. Hiking offers various benefits for both mental and physical health and your well-being. Hiking for an hour will help to burn 500 calories from your body based on the terrain steepness and your...

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How Long Do Hiking Boots Last?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 @ 11:54 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

How Long Do Hiking Boots Last?

Few pieces of gear are as beloved as a favorite pair of boots. Not only do they accompany you on your most scenic adventures; most of the time they bring you there. So it’s understandable you wouldn’t want to part with them – even if they’re ratty, ragged, and smell like a wet barn. Well, there’s good news: Your boots can live a longer, happier life. And you can prepare for the end knowing how long they should last. According to the experts, hiking boots of solid construction will carry you for at least 600–700 miles, generally maxing...

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Easter Island Is Eroding

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 @ 6:41 am in Conservation | 0 comments

Easter Island Is Eroding

The human bones lay baking in the sun. It wasn’t the first time Hetereki Huke had stumbled upon an open grave like this one. For years, the swelling waves had broken open platform after platform containing ancient remains. Inside the tombs were old obsidian spearheads, pieces of cremated bone and, sometimes, parts of the haunting statues that have made this island famous. Centuries ago, Easter Island’s civilization collapsed, but the statues left behind here are a reminder of how powerful it must have been. And now, many of the remains of...

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Hiking the authentic Great Wall of China, without the crush

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 @ 11:46 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking the authentic Great Wall of China, without the crush

The “Great Wall” is a bit of a misnomer, as there was never one single structure that spanned modern-day China. Rather, a number of large defensive walls were built by various rulers from as early as the Fifth Century B.C. through the mid-17th century, often hundreds of miles apart and with little relationship to one another. Yet one of those sections, the “Ming Wall,” is recognized all over the world. Built during the Ming dynasty (1368 — 1644) it stretches from a fort at Jiayuguan near the Gobi Desert in the west, all the way past Beijing...

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