IMAGES: Join an Expedition

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Science  29 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5599, pp. 1685
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5599.1685d

Who said the age of exploration is over? We might have mapped the physical contours of the planet, but taxonomists still have plenty of work to do because millions of species remain undescribed. Click on the photo essays prepared by the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and you can tag along with botanists and other scientists as they collect specimens in exotic places. Stand alongside a forest river in Madagascar, home to two-thirds of the world's chameleons, or voyage into southern Venezuela, where the carnivorous plant Utricularia quelchii awaits its prey on mountaintops. More than just pretty pictures, these essays supply background info on natural history, geology, the origins of various species, and the human impact on local biodiversity.

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