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Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.

Wildlife Flees Floods: In woodlands near the Mississippi River, wildlife are rushing for higher ground.

Morganza Spillway Works: The opening of the Morganza floodgates has caused the Mississippi River to crest sooner and at lower levels than expected in parts of Louisiana.

Mississippi River Reopens: Parts of the surging river have reopened to shipping traffic, although ships have been forced to slow down to ease pressure on levees.

Everest Near-Disaster: A pair of climbers describe their scary ascent up Mount Everest. They didn't make it to the summit, but they made it home alive.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Baseball Rain-Outs and Must-Run Marathons

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