The karsts are full of nooks and crannies that have nurtured highly specialized plants and animals found nowhere else. They are also important to humans, studded with small altars and temples that are thought to be homes to neak ta, landscape spirits in the local animist pantheon. Soon, they will be gone.
"A Race to Document Rare Plants Before These Cliffs Are Ground to Dust" is from the February 13, 2017 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Julia Wallace and narrated by Fleet Cooper.