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Since the late 19th Century, parks and reserves have been developed to preserve and protect wild areas, fragile and endangered ecosystems, archaeological sites, wondrous geological landscapes, recreation areas, and historic places. Some of the best advertised parks are within the United States, ranging from the coral reefs of Biscayne National Park to the deserts of Death Valley National Park to the tropical islands of National Park of the American Samoa. But the United States is only one country among many. There are thousands of magnificent parks in the world, protecting human history, biodiversity, and grand landscapes. Visitors come to the parks of the world for a variety of reasons; they are also outdoor classrooms for students of all ages and living laboratories for researches in many fields.
Just a few examples of parks around the world deemed important or endangered enough to be part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites include:
~the rich human history of Kakadu National Park in Australia
~one of the largest and most intact regions of the Amazon Basin at Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Bolivia
~the fossil treasures of Dinosaur Provincial Park in Canada
~the cultural center of Lushan National Park, China
~the complex geological landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park of Croatia
~the lessons of history provided at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, Saint Christopher and Nevis.
~The exceptional biodiversity of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.
Parks around the world preserve and protect natural and cultural resources, but they also provide solitude, quiet, wildness, even our privilege to lose ourselves in a remnant of a world of the past.
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