Tourists in Utah are tossing priceless dinosaur footprints into a lake

May 11, 2018 by  
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People, this is why we can’t have nice things. Tourists in Utah have been removing dinosaur footprints embedded in sandstone and tossing them into the lake at Red Fleet State Park in Vernal. The foot-long prehistoric dino tracks primarily come from the reptile known as the velociraptor in Jurassic Park (it’s actually a Deinonychus ), and park officials are frantically trying to stop visitors from destroying the priceless artifacts. Park officials don’t know why people have started tossing the prints into the lake. Certainly, some people don’t realize what they are doing, despite signs around the site warning visitors not to disturb the sandstone. “It’s become quite a big problem,” Utah Division of State Parks spokesman Devan Chavez told the Salt Lake Tribune . “They’re just looking to throw rocks off the side. What they don’t realize is these rocks they’re picking up, they’re covered in dinosaur tracks.” Related: Video captures vandals toppling 18-million-year-old sandstone formation in Oregon For now, the park is putting up more signs to stop the vandalism, but they are also considering sending a diving team into the water to recover the prints. Unfortunately, many of them shatter when they hit the water, and many others have probably dissolved. “Some of them are likely lost forever,” Chavez said. Tourists have vandalized national and state park sites multiple times in the past few years, including an instance in 2001 where three Boy Scouts tore up a dinosaur print trail at the same park. In 2013, Boy Scout leaders tipped over “goblin” formations in Goblin Valley State Park, and even celebrities have gotten in on the vandalism . Unfortunately, due to the Trump administration’s budget cuts, the parks system is struggling to address the ongoing problem across the country. Via History and the Salt Lake Tribune Image via Jim McKenzie

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California and Minnesota state parks are free on Black Friday

November 19, 2015 by  
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Forget the stampedes at the mall. Forget the sidewalk sales. Forget the shopping bags and gift receipts. This Black Friday, which falls on November 27, some states are encouraging folks to get reacquainted with nature by offering free admission to all the state parks within their borders. If you live or will be traveling in California or Minnesota for the Thanksgiving holiday, consider starting a new Black Friday tradition by visiting a state park – without paying an entrance fee. Read the rest of California and Minnesota state parks are free on Black Friday

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INFOGRAPHIC: How ocean pollution is harming your health

November 19, 2015 by  
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Did you know that 70% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by marine plants? While the deep blue sea may seem mysterious and even foreign, the oceans are fundamentally tied to our health and livelihoods. But pollution in those waters is threatening global health. Scuba Diving Magazine DIVE has created an infographic that explores the many ways oceans are important to humankind, the various causes of pollution, and how those problems can negatively affect us all. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How ocean pollution is harming your health

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Could Fewer Trash Cans Mean Less Litter?

January 18, 2012 by  
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Fewer trash cans mean more litter, right? Not if Ohio’s state parks are any indication. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has removed 372 trash cans from state parks over the last three years. And, surprisingly, park managers report…

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The 100+ State Parks Facing Closure – Is Your Favorite Park on the List?

August 1, 2011 by  
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The United States is home to 6,624 state parks and has an annual attendance of over 700 million. Yet, what has been called “America’s Best Idea,” is being threatened by budget cuts and economic downturn. Here’s a list of all state parks set to get the axe. Does your favorite make the cut? … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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State Parks on the Chopping Block Across the Nation

June 7, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: jay galvin via Flickr /CC BY The concept of setting aside pristine land, protecting it, and allowing the public to enjoy it — the very notion of conservation itself — has been called “America’s Best Idea” . Before national and state parks were introduced in the United States, the concept hardly existed. But ever since the Republican Teddy Roosevelt created the national parks system, it’s been exported all over the world, and for good reason — everyone should be allowed t..

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How Green is Apple’s iCloud?

June 7, 2011 by  
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Photo: Screen capture from Keynote stream A Cloud of Magical Apple Unicorn Dust or Mercury-Laden Coal Ash? When Apple officially announced its iCloud service yesterday – after months of speculation about what the company would do with its new massive data-centers – I eagerly waited for details on how green it was going to be, but Steve Jobs only mentioned that the data-centers were “as green as they could make them” and nothing else. I’m hoping that Apple will release more info on the eco-credentials of its new mammoth data-centers

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TV News Overwhelmingly Dominated by Opponents of EPA: Report

June 7, 2011 by  
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Image Credit: Media Matters But Public Opinion Tells Another Tale … Last April, a CNN/Opinion Research Poll found that a whopping 71% of Americans thought that the EPA should be allowed to move forward with greenhouse gas regulations

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Zipcar Will Put Bike Racks on Some NYC Cars

May 3, 2011 by  
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Photo: GoodSportPromotion , Flickr, CC More Easily Go From 4 Wheels to 2 Car-sharing heavyweight (especially after its $175 million IPO ) Zipcar has announced that it will equip 20 Ford Escapes from its New York City fleet with Yakima bicycle racks and Empire Passport permits to New York State Parks.

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Another Amazing Collapsible Shipping Container: The Staxxon

May 3, 2011 by  
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Image Credit Staxxon Inhabitat shows another folding container design that differs from the Cargoshell we showed last year; it folds horizontally instead of vertically. There are advantages and disadvantages to both

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