Millions of landmines remain strewn across Angola, remnants of the country’s long civil war. Remarkably, some elephants have learned to sniff out and avoid these hazards, and even alert an entire herd to the danger. Intrigued, the U.S. Army is now testing the ability of elephants to detect chemicals found in landmines…
The Obama administration plans to reduce and eventually eliminate the U.S. stockpile of antipersonnel land mines, with the aim of joining the global treaty that prohibits them. The U.S. has not disclosed the precise size of its stockpile, though arms control experts estimate it's between 10 million and 13 million.
Along the DMZ, golf is not a sport for the faint of heart. The golf course at Camp Bonifas, just south of the Korean demilitarized zone, boasts just one hole, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in hazards. Live land mines line the course, and bizarre animals stumble out from the woods.