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cacao flowers

FLOWERS FOR CHOCOLATE  Pale petals curl over a cacao flower’s male parts. Here, two developing fruits, or seedpods (top left), will eventually ripen, housing the seeds that give the world chocolate.

seal pup

BLOWN AROUND  Prevailing winds can displace migrating northern fur seal pups, who begin their epic journeys at just 4 months old, by hundreds of kilometers.

smog over LA

SMOG CITY   Los Angeles, shown here, is one of the smoggiest cities in the United States. That haze of air pollution comes not just from cars, but also from an array of consumer products that emit chemicals into the air.

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