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Amazing road trip: Zion National Park (UTAH) drive time lapse

(change your settings to 720p for better quality video- ^^^^^) Zions National Park from the East entrance to visitors center. Through the 1.1 long Zion-Mount...

 

I happened to talk to one of my friends yesterday about Zion National Park. He conducted a road trip to Zion this past Thanksgiving break and had some amazing views along the road, which he shared with me yesterday. Inspired by this talk, I decided to find a video which could better demonstrate the beauty of the Zion national park's road trip. In this video, it shows the road trip from a driver/passenger's point of view, which is gorgeous. Along the road, there are rocks and hills, which are all in different shapes. Also, the driver drives through a camel tunnel, which is about 1.1 miles long. 

 

After watching this video, I cannot wait for a road trip to Zion next summer not only because the sceneries along the side, but most importantly, I can get a feeling of freedom and absolutely engaging in the nature. I believe it will be a fantastic experience. Please check out this video to be amazed by the road trip to Zion!

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Manhattan Project National Park would commemorate history, not glorify it - The Boston Globe

Manhattan Project National Park would commemorate history, not glorify it - The Boston Globe | National Park in America | Scoop.it
The Manhattan Project that created the first atomic bomb was a great success — and, in the eyes of many, a cautionary tale about the dangers of technological proliferation.

 

This article is arguing whether a proposed national park should be built to recognize the places where the Manhattan Project did its work. Members of the US House of Representatives who voted down a proposed national park that would preserve and link together sites in three states involved with creating the atomic bomb not to forget that insight. For example, one representative Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat, and some others claimed that any official recognition of the places where the Manhattan Project did its work would be celebrating violence and nuclear destruction. At the same time, some people argued that this argument is shortsighted.Many advances in science and technology have deadly uses as well as peaceful ones. Manhattan Project National Park would cmmemorate history, not glorify it.

 

This is a very controversial proposal of building up Manhattan Project National Park. After reading both sides' arguments on this issue, I agree more with the argument of building the park. Because the first atomic bomb was created through The Manhattan Project and we could not just pretend it never happened. It is already been recorded in history. We, as human beings, must face it rather than forgetting it. I believe building up Manhattan Project National Park would be a great way to memorize the history and warn everyone of this complicated lesson. 

 

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More national park fire evacuees returning home | 9news.com

More national park fire evacuees returning home | 9news.com | National Park in America | Scoop.it

This is a following up news on the Rocky Mountain Wildfire. As I scooped.it couple days ago regarding Rock Mountain wildfire, right now the wildfire has almost been put out. According to this news, all remaining evacuations for residents are being lifted. The Fern Lake Fire has been burning for nearly two months and it is good to see it is almost gone right now under firefighters' day and night work. However, even though evacuations have been lifted. Smoke and possibly some flames will still be visible for the foreseeable future. Threrefore, some residents will still be on standby in case anything goes wrong. 

 

 

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National park partners with local elementary school - NorthJersey.com

National park partners with local elementary school - NorthJersey.com | National Park in America | Scoop.it
School 7 and the Great Falls National Historic Park will join in an effort to create history, science and arts education opportunities for city students.

 

The Great Falls national park announced Monday that it is piloting a curriculum for elementary school students that it hopes will someday become a tool for public school teachers citywide. The four-year experiment will involve about 60 fifth-grade students and their teachers at School 7 and will use foundation money to help employ the Great Falls as a classroom for lessons in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. In addition to its potential as an educational resource, the Park Service could instill "a sense of pride for the role their city played in developing the nation," said JoAnn Cardillo, the school's principal.

 

I consider this action taken between the elementary school and Great Falls national park is a great movement both for park and school. After this movement taking place, teachers could explain certain  scientific principles by examining how those apply to the falls' production of hydroelectric power, which is really practical. On the other hand, park will attract more and more kids to appreciate the beauty of the nature since their childhood! 

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Fee free days announced for National Parks, other public land

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar announced dates in 2013 when more than 2,000 national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and other federal lands will offer free admittance to everyone.

 

I have scooped.it something similar before similar to what this news is gearing towards. National park and other public lands are making efforts to waive the admittance fee to attract more visitors. It is a great way to initially encourage Americans to enjoy outdoor recreation and  learn about this nation’s history and culture and restore souls and spirits by connecting with the natural beauty and wildness of nation's land. 

 

I believe this is a smart way to promote the beauty of nature and this nation to its people. By waiving the entrance fee, it puts out an invitation to all Americans to visit and enjoy these extraordinary treasures that belong to all our people.

 

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Grand Teton National Park gearing up for winter activities - Yellowstone Gate

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Grand Teton National Park is gearing up for the winter activities including many kinds, such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. All starts around Dec. 15 issue. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are pretty popular and snowmobiles must meet National Park Service air and sound emissions requirements for betst available techonology. There are certain areas set up for snowmobiles, such as Grassy Lake Road and frozen surface of Jackson Lake. In addition, some other restrictions regarding different activities are presented in this article.

 

It is excited to see some National Parks are up for winter activities. However, as a visitor, we all should be very careful with any activities that we are going to conduct in the park, in the snow. Danger is everywhere, and the best way to prevent danger is to obey the restrictions set for the activities. 

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Exploring The Parks: Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail | National Parks Traveler

Exploring The Parks: Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail | National Parks Traveler | National Park in America | Scoop.it

Thirty national historic and scenic trails are currently managed by the National Park System, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, or some combination of the three. Trail of Tears National Historic Trail follows two major routes and numerous minor routes used by Cherokee Indians when in 1838-39 they were forcibly rounded up and made to relocate west of the Mississippi River in what was then Indian Territory.

 

After reading this article, I have been awared of the existence of trail of tears national historic trail. Its origin involves Indians, which just reminds me of the entire Indian race, or native American race. As stated in this article, Indians were FORCIBLY to be relocated west of the Mississippi River during 1838 to 1839, sometime during westward movement. This just reminded me with how tragic Indian race was treated back to those old days. It is this country's job to bring up Indian people back to the audience in some memorable ways, such as a national historic trail. 

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Weather Helping Firefighters In Rocky Mountain National Park | National Parks Traveler

Weather Helping Firefighters In Rocky Mountain National Park | National Parks Traveler | National Park in America | Scoop.it

I have scooped.it this news couple days ago related to the fire in Rocky Mountain National Park. In this news, it brings something good to know regarding this fire. So weather turned into an ally Monday as cooler temperatures and lighter winds settled over the fire, which helped firefighters. However, no changes in evacuation or pre-evacuation orders had been made since Saturday. Residents should still be aware that pre-evacuation and evacuation notices could be expanded. 

 

After following this wildfire news for couple days, I realised that how bad the wildfire could be to the park and how hard firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. Really want to remind anyone who visit forest or national park, be extremely careful with fire, such as when setting up campfire, smoking, and etc. Once the fire starts, the loss is always going to be huge and the ecosystem will be damaged to a large degree. It is everyone's obligation to prevent fire from happening!

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Wildfire in Rocky Mountain National Park prompts evacuations

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DENVER (Reuters) - A wind-driven wildfire in Rocky Mountain National Park northwest of Denver jumped containment lines overnight, triggering the evacuation of hundreds of people on Saturday, fire officials said.

 

Due to a wind-driven wildfire in Rocky Mountain National Park, the east side of the park was closed and authorities reached out local residents to evacuate or prepare for leaving quickly if flames expanded. Besides, in the article, it mentions that a blaze has blackened some 1,550 acres, was ignited in October by an illegal campfire.

 

People should be very crucial to set up a fire in the national park because of the danger of getting all of the woods or trees fired up. As this article says, a illegal campfire led to such a bad result, getting 1550 acres blackened, which is a huge loss. To make it worse, if there are wind gusts, the flame will quickly expand to other places in the park. Nobody wants to destroy the park and forest by giving it fire hazard and huge economic loss. Therefore, everyone should be extremely cautious about the fire setting-up.

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Photography In The National Parks: Reading The Book Of Nature | National Parks Traveler

Photography In The National Parks: Reading The Book Of Nature | National Parks Traveler | National Park in America | Scoop.it

In this long article, the author focuses on the photography in the national park since photography is one of the most popular hobbies among national park travelers. There are three different photos showed in the post with different kinds of animals. The photos all captured the beauty of the national park including wild animal and beautiful scenery. In the article, author goes into details of how she took these pictures. 

 

After I read through this article, I got a strong feeling that the beauty is everywhere in the national park, even in the whole world. No matter whether you are a photographer or not, the beauty is there for you. The only thing we need to find out the beauty of the nature is having a mind for beauty. Once we have this, we can observe the beauty and enjoy it. I actually believe that human's eyes are the best carema to capture the beauty. Do you agree?

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Pictures: America's Next National Parks?

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With U.S.National Park Week upon us, cast your eyes on potential parks of the future, from a volcano zone to the "Yellowstone of the East."...

 

This is a post regarding an approved new national park. President Barack Obama signed legislation in March 2009 authorizing Paterson-Great Falls National Historical Park. Paterson city used to be a manufacturing city based on water power. RIght now, transferring the falls's administrative status from national landmark to national park hopefully will bring in more tourists and stronger protection. 

 

This is the first post that I found out related to a legally new-approved national park by President Obama. It is good start because President Obama approved this new park in 2009, the first year of his presidency. I am going to find some more  new national parks approved by him. It is very glad to see President is contributing to national park expansion and emphasizing in this public service! Outdoor activity is such an important part in Americans' life, having more national parks approved certainly could add values and more options to people's outdoor life. 

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The Top Ten Potential Future National Monuments | GORP.com

The Top Ten Potential Future National Monuments | GORP.com | National Park in America | Scoop.it
San Juan Islands...

 

Followed by my last post on the project of establishing more potential national parks, this post specifically points out the top ten potential future national monuments. These potential monuments are located in different states, varing from west coast to the south. President Bush designated two in his two terms and President Clinton designated 19 over 8 years. It is hard to predict how many more President Obama will designate in the future, but these ten potential national monuments are picked by the people regarding wealth of mountains, islands, prairies, deserts, and rivers. 

 

As I stated before, it is so hard to find out what is the best choices when we try to establish new national parks or monuments. Some people may think one is qualified while others many think another park is more qualified. But I do not think this is a serious issue because the reason for establishing a national park is to raise awareness of the new park/monument/land to the public. As long as people know about it, it does not matter whether it is a national park or not! Do you think so?

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Amazon.com: American Wilderness: The National Parks (9780789324115): Dana Levy, Trish O'Connor: Books

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I have scooped some books regarding national park and had actually either found ecopy of them or borrowed them from the library for reading. They are all great books. So I am trying to find some other books that have the hige rating on Amazon. The one I found out this time is called American Wilderness. In this book, 200 full-color photographs have been included capturing natural beauty as well as park's history. The most important features and particular wildlife of each park are discussed in the individual entries, and the information contained within will enthrall armchair travelers and entice others to lace up their hiking boots and reach for the sporting gear. 

 

Since I am interested in photography as well, I am trying to find a book with great photography recording the great scene of national parks. I believe this is the one that I am looking for with 200 full-color photographs! I am excited to apprecite this book and the beauty of nature!

 

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‘Famous’ Wolf Is Killed Outside Yellowstone

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In this news, it disclosed a current issue - Yellowstone National Park's best-known wolf was shot and killed this past Thursday outside the park's boundaries. This wolf known as 832F to researchers was the alpha female of Yellowstone National Park’s highly visible Lamar Canyon pack, and some wildlife watchers referred to her as a “rock star.” The animal had been a tourist favorite for most of the past six years. Based on park officials' report, this year’s hunting season in the northern Rockies has been especially controversial because of the high numbers of popular wolves and wolves fitted with research collars that have been killed just outside Yellowstone in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

 

After reading this news, I realted it to some other news regarding hunting season and wildlives killed in the past. As the news pointing out, the hunting activities fall into a controvertial category right now due to increasing number of poplular wildlives killed. These killings always happened outside the park, which should definitely address park officials' attentions. It is better for them to expand the monitoring area even outside the park to control these accidential killing of popular wildlives.

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North America's National Parks

Some of North America's most spectacular national parks, including Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, are featured on this program. Director David Fortney uses s...

 

In this busy day of studying, I would like to watch some videos on National park's beautiful scenery to reduce my pressure. The I scooped.it right now is a great video showing different sceneries from different parks, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and etc. The video uses time-lapse photography to record the beauty of the nature over time. 

 

I will suggest everyone to watch it to be rejuvenated and refreshed. After watching this video, you will get a sense of how big the world is and how timeless the national parks are. Respect the nature and appreciate the natural beauty!

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Glacier National Park melting at an alarming rate

July was the hottest month in the lower 48 states since they started keeping records in 1895. One of the places where it's easiest to see some of the effects...

 

Since I have scooped.it one news regarding the glaciers melting possibilities in Glacier National Park before, I decided to dig deeper into this issue. I found out this video cited from CBSNewsonline talking about "Glacier National Park melting at an alarming rate." In the video, different park officials as well as scientists have been interviewed on the glaciers melting condition. Many offcials and scientists point out that the glaciers will be likely to last for another 100 years without human influence. However, due to climate change and some other human interactions, glaciers are more likely to be gone in 10 years. In order to show the progresses, in the video, the comparisons of different sites in the park before and after have been showed. It is very obvious that glaciers are much less now. 

 

From the interviews as well as the photo records, I can tell how extreme the condition is right now. Everyone should make an effort to prevent from global warming. Otherwise, our sons or daughters definitely have no chance to visit Glaciers park with glaciers there anymore...

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Glacier National Park makes list of top travel spots | KTVQ.com | Q2 | Billings, Montana

Glacier National Park makes list of top travel spots | KTVQ.com | Q2 | Billings, Montana | National Park in America | Scoop.it
Attention American travel aficionados: There's no need to leave the United States to find the next hot destination.
With Lonely Planet's Top 10 U.S.

 

Lonely Planet has created a TOP 10 U.S.Destinations for 2013 along with many innovative cuisine and drink, hopping art scenes and spectacular nature. According to Lonely Planet's U.S. travel editor, Robert Reid, "U.S destinations are always going to be popular for U.S. residents." Glacier national park is one of them. Most visitors enjoy the famous going-to-the-sun road and more importantly, the park's namesake glaciers are melting and could be gone by 2020 if the current global warming trends continue. 

 

Before reading this article, I did not know that Glaciers may be gone due to global warming, and it may be gone in less than 7 years! Yes, whoever has not yet visited it, you should take a chance to go there. But more importantly, it raises the global warming issue to us again. Very crucial! Global warming is not something far away from us; instead, it is happening everyday. What we can do based on an individual level is to start recycling and do some carpool in our everyday life. 

 

 

 

 

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National Park Service issues call to action

As the National Park Service approaches 100 years of service it is seeking input from the public on ways it can protect special places and how it can better engage and educate park uses.

 

To this end the Park Service held a two-hour public discussion at Centennial Hall Tuesday afternoon. About a half dozen Juneau residents attended the question and answer. National Park Service Alaska Regional Director Sue Masica, Tina Brown, executive director of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, and some other people joined the discussion. According to Masica, "it took up the issue of extending a Denali National Park wolf trapping and hunting buffer zone with the Board of Game and instead lost the buffer completely." Some other attendees also recommended the park service increase its entrance fees and run the parks more like a business model. 

 

After reading this article, I really can see the efforts that national park service made to seek ways to protect special places and wildlife. This is a great movement to get more people involved in improving park services. I think not only national park in Alaska, but in other states, should take similar action to ask for people's efforts/opinions in protecting the park and wildlife.

 

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Fiscal cliff threatens national parks, advocates say - KansasCity.com

Fiscal cliff threatens national parks, advocates say - KansasCity.com | National Park in America | Scoop.it
Congress’ looming failure to solve the fiscal cliff crisis leaves national parks facing large-scale cuts and the prospect of fewer visitors as tax increases leave Americans with less money to travel.

 

Fiscal cliff seems to be only an economic term, however, after reading this article, I realized that it actually has a wide range of impact in public facility, such as national park. Under fiscal cliff impact, national parks are facing large-scale cuts and on the other hand, fewer visitors since tax increases. Fiscal cliff may leads to reductions in park hours or seasons, closures of campgrounds or visitor’s centers, and even the outright closure of many parks in the next year. And it could eliminate as many as 9,000 rangers who serve the public, protect our parks, and keep the parks running. 

 

After reading this article, I have formed a more solid perspective towards fiscal cliff, which is such a double-edged sword. It is good in terms of reducing budget deficit but on the other hand, it is harmful to many national agencies, such as national park services. In the long run, it is definitely bad because for example, national park services would not be maintained at the same level since budget cuts; visitors may be reduced because higher income taxes. Government definitely should be more concerned!

 

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Wildlife: National Park plans hunting-rule changes in Denali

Wildlife: National Park plans hunting-rule changes in Denali | National Park in America | Scoop.it
State and federal bear, wolf and coyote hunting regulations at odds By Summit Voice SUMMIT COUNTY — There could be a clash between state and federal hunting regulations in Alaska, where the Nationa...

 

National Park Service is proposing some changes in Denali National Preserve regarding hunting rules, such as a ban on taking brown bears over bait stations. The changes are in response to new state regulations that allow the killing of brown bears over bait stations in three game management units. The proposed prohibition reflects park service concerns about the dangers of food conditioned bears, ecological integrity of brown bear populations, and etc. 

 

After reading this article regarding hunting rules change, I consider it sounds fair. It will not only do good to the hunters as well as the ecosystem in the park. Hunting rule should not be constant but should include some changes based on nature's change, such as a particular species' living condition change or the ecosystem'change in the park. 

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National park offers internship program for middle school students - Mauinews.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Visitor's Information - The Maui News

Haleakala National Park is now accepting applications for Kupukupu ‘Aina, an internship program geared for middle school students.

 

Haleakala National Park is now accepting applications for Kupukupu 'Aina, an internship program geared for middle school students.National Park Service officials believe that the program will provide critical steppingstones to helping youth develop marketable skills and professional contacts, as well as general knowledge and appreciation for Hawaii's natural areas and species.

 

This program is very good at in the sense of teaching students to appreciate the beauty of the nature as well as building them up with certain skill sets required for the future work.

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Best Eruption Viewing in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park | Hawaii Reporter

Best Eruption Viewing in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park | Hawaii Reporter | National Park in America | Scoop.it
Hawaii Volcano National Park Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i –The narrow streams of lava that reached the ocean last weekend are flowing several hundred...

 

Park officials warn hikers to be careful when accessing the flow from the end of Chain of Craters Road. Besides, since the volcano has been erupting consistently since the crater became active again in March, 208, the park has increased staffing at Jaggar Museum to assist the many visitors drawn to Halema'uma'u to ensure the safety. 

 

I think park officials have done the absolutely right thing for the visitors. Since visitors are attracted to the park because they want to witness the eruption of the volcano, but at the same time, the safety issue cannot be ingored. Just a kind reminder to any visitors who wanna visit the park, be careful when you appreciate the beauty of eruption! Please Please Please! 

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Hunters Kill Grizzly Bear In Grand Teton National Park, Claim Self-Defense | National Parks Traveler

Hunters Kill Grizzly Bear In Grand Teton National Park, Claim Self-Defense | National Parks Traveler | National Park in America | Scoop.it

In this article, the author wrote about during the Thanksgiving break, one grizzly bear was killed by the hunters; however, laterly the hunters claimed that the bear suddenly charged them, because of self-defence, they killed the bear. This brought in a wider topic, whether hunting should be even allowed in the national park, which is also discussed in this article. 

 

I personally think the hunting activity in the park is somehow controversial because of two reasons. First of all, what if there are other people around and unawared of the hunting activity? Since national park is open to everyone including traveller, hiker, and camper, how about the safefy of those people? 

Second, national park also serves a role to protect animals including many endangered animals. What if when hunters hunts for something wrong? And there are so many other reasons to be taken into consideration. Park officials should be more conservative when settling the hunting rule. 

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Pictures: America's Next National Parks?

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With U.S.National Park Week upon us, cast your eyes on potential parks of the future, from a volcano zone to the "Yellowstone of the East."...

 

This post comes down to one park that deserves national park status. Lower Hudson River Valley, showed in the picture, is designated as a new national recreation trail in New York State by Secretary Salazar of the interior Department. 

 

This post is simply an example of a potential national park and if you woud like to take a look at it, please feel free to do so! I personally have a takeaway from this post, that is, Lower Hudson River Valley is such a rich land and beautiful landscape. If it gets national park status, definitely more people will have a chance to discover its beauty. In that way, more beauties will be discovered. 

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New National Parks Project | Citizens working to expand America's National Park System

New National Parks - News and opinion on the expansion of America's National Park System...

 

This news post is a call for more potential national parks establishments. Based on the author's view, national park system is still far from complete. There are hundreds of priceless natural landscapes and historic sites that qualify as new parks. There are dozens of existing national parks that could be expanded. There are hundreds of priceless natural landscapes and historic sites that qualify as new parks. There are dozens of existing national parks that could be expanded.

 

After reading this article, I really agree with the author that national park system is not complete yet, or in other word, will never be completed. Simply because as a human being, we never know how many more gifts that nature has given us. Therefore, I think expanding national park and discovering new national park will be an ongoing project. Everyone whoever finds a land worthy to be introduced to more people should contribute this project, helping more and more the beauty of nature to be discovered. 

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