Nature reserves

A nature reserve is a protected area of importance for wildlife, flora, fauna or features of geological or other special interest, which is reserved and managed for conservation and to provide special opportunities for study or research. Nature reserves may be designated by government institutions in some countries, or by private landowners, such as charities and research institutions, regardless of nationality. Nature reserves fall into different IUCN categories depending on the level of protection afforded by local laws.

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    Los Glaciares National Park

    Los Glaciares National Park is a federal protected area in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. The park covers an area of 726,927 ha, making it the largest national park in the country.

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    Lushan Quaternary Glaciation National Geopark

    Lushan Geopark and Lushan National Park, are located in the Lu'shan—Mount Lu region of Jiangxi Province, in southwestern China. The protected area of 500 km² extends from the Yangtze River to the Lake Poyang basin.

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    Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

    The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is a glacial valley in the southeast of Andorra. The isolated valley is recognised as a haven for rare or endangered wildlife, and the undeveloped valley has recently been considered to be the "spiritual heart" of Andorra.

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    Mammoth Cave National Park

    Mammoth Cave National Park is a U.S. national park in central Kentucky, encompassing portions of Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system known in the world.

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    Manas National Park

    Manas National Park or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a national park, a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve in Assam, India. Located in the Himalayan foothills, it is contiguous with the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan.

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    Manu National Park

    Manu National Park is a biosphere reserve located in Madre de Dios and Paucartambo, Cusco.

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    Mesa Verde National Park

    Mesa Verde National Park is a National Park and World Heritage Site located in Montezuma County, Colorado. It protects some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archeological sites in the United States.

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    Olympic National Park

    Olympic National Park is a United States national park located in the state of Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula. The park has four basic regions: the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest and the forests of the drier east side.

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    Ordesa Monte Perdido National Park

    Ordesa Monte Perdido National Park situated in the Pyrenees of Huesca province, Aragon, Spain. There has been a National Park in the Ordesa Valley since 1918.

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    Orkhon Valley

    Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape sprawls along the banks of the Orkhon River in Central Mongolia, some 320 km west from the capital Ulaanbaatar.

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    Padjelanta National Park

    Padjelanta is a national park in Norrbotten County in northern Sweden. Established in 1963, it is the largest national park in Sweden with an area of 1,984 km2, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Laponia established in 1996.

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    Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

    Phong Nha-Ke Bang is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Bo Trach and Minh Hoa districts of central Quang Bình Province in the North Central Coast region, about 500 km south of Hanoi.

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    Pirin National Park

    Pirin National Park is a World Heritage national park that encompasses the larger part of the Pirin Mountains in the southwest of Bulgaria. It has an area of about 400 km² (150 sq mi) and lies at an altitude from 1,008 to 2,914 m (3,307–9,560 ft).

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    Plitvice Lakes National Park

    Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register.

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    Poloniny National Park

    Poloniny National Park is a national park in northeastern Slovakia at the Polish and Ukrainian borders, in the Bukovské vrchy mountain range, which belongs to the Eastern Carpathians. It was created on 1 October 1997 with a protected area of 298.05 km² and a buffer zone of 109.73 km². Selected areas of the park are included into Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Redwood National and State Parks

    The Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) are old-growth temperate rainforests located in the United States, along the coast of northern California. Comprising Redwood National Park (established 1968) and California's Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks (dating from the 1920s), the combined RNSP contain 133,000 acres (540 km²).

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    River Tsitsa headwaters

    This natural monument is located in the southwestern part of Adygea. Its territory is the northern boundary of the Tertiary flora - Colchis boxwood, yew.

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    Sinharaja Forest Reserve

    Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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    Slovak Karst National Park

    Slovak Karst National Park is a national park in the Slovak Karst mountain range in South East Slovakia. It lies in the Gelnica, Roznava and Kosice-okolie districts in the Kosice region. The National Park covers an area of 346.11 km² and its buffer zone covers 117.41 km².

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    Srebarna Nature Reserve

    The Srebarna Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in northeastern Bulgaria (Southern Dobruja), near the village of the same name, 18 km west of Silistra and 2 km south of the Danube. It comprises Lake Srebarna and its surroundings and is located on the Via Pontica, a bird migration route between Europe and Africa.

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    Stora Alvaret

    >Stora Alvaret is a limestone barren plain on the island of Oland, Sweden. Because of the thin soil mantle and high pH levels, a great assortment of vegetation is found including numerous rare species.

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    The Sundarbans is a natural region comprising southern Bangladesh and a small part in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world.

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    Talampaya National Park

    Talampaya National Park is a national park located in the east/centre of La Rioja Province, Argentina. It was designated a provincial reserve in 1975, a national park in 1997, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

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    Teide National Park

    Mount Teide is a volcano on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. Its 3,718 m summit is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic.

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    Thingvellir National Park

    Thingvellir (Þingvellir), is a place in the administrative district of "Bláskógabyggð" in southwestern Iceland, near the Reykjanes peninsula and the Hengill volcanic area. Thingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland.