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Battered by tourists, the Thai beach from ‘The Beach’ to close temporarily

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Thailand’s natural wonders are feeling the force of tourism, forcing one to close temporarily.

Maya Bay, a great beach on Phi Phi Leh island made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio in the not-so-great movie The Beach, will be temporarily closed for four months a year from June, as reported by the Associated Press.

Thailand’s National Parks and Wildlife Department made the decision on Wednesday to allow the island’s coral reefs and sea life to recover. The beach is open all-year round, in contrast to the many Thai marine parks closed between mid-May to mid-October. Read more…

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'Irreplaceable' plant specimens destroyed by customs officials with no chill

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Fun fact: Australia’s custom officials are known for procedures teetering on the absurdly overzealous, thanks to the continent’s unique natural environment.

But those procedures are under investigation, after officials destroyed “irreplaceable” rare flowering plants sent from France. “They were the first type specimens collected of a species,” Michelle Waycott, chair at the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, told ABC News

“That would be the equivalent of material collected in the Flinders expedition, going and then destroying those. So literally irreplaceable collections and of high historic and scientific value.” Read more…

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