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What happens when nature goes viral?

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Pristine areas with beautiful views are wonderful and amazing to visit. But over the past few years, little known hidden treasures like Horseshoe Bend have witnessed a dramatic increase in popularity. The main culprit for that uptick? Social media. So what happens to these places when they become suddenly popular? And what can we do to help? Vox investigates.

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This article: Is Instagram Ruining the Great Outdoors provides a bit more insight to the topic discuss in this lesson. Read it to find out more.NPR also weighs in on the issue with this: Instagram Crowds May Be Ruining Nature. Social media is also making the outdoors more dangerous. Click here and read more!What are the guidelines for Leave No Trace? Click here!Perhaps, social media be helping the outdoors? National Geographic weighs in here. How A Surge in Visitors Is Overwhelming America's National Parks is another great read.

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