Planet Earth is full of more natural wonders, amazing animals, and peculiar plants than we humans can count — and, since an estimated 86 percent of the world’s species have yet to be discovered, there’s more out there than we may ever know about. But many of the ecosystems and the life forms they support — from tiny, microscopic insects to great blue whales — are at risk due to shifts in weather patterns, climate change, and human impact. Here, to celebrate Earth Week — and Earth Day on April 22 — illustrator Candace Rose Rardon looks at three of the world’s most beautiful ecosystems: where they are, why they’re at risk, and why they’re worth protecting.
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