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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.

Japan's Nuclear Hot Zone: Follow along with journalists that 10 of the Most Polluted Places on Earth ]

Endangered Whales: A record number of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales has gathered close to the beaches of Cape Cod, Mass.

Underreported Oil Spills: Watchdog groups say that the nation's only system for monitoring pollution caused by offshore drilling is flawed because it relies on self-reporting.

Turtles in Trouble: About 20 In Images: Tagging and Tracking Sea Turtles ]

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Midwest Tornado Video and the BP Oil Spill Anniversary

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