<p>Photo: Dominican rain forest</p>

Boaters glide through the lush green wilderness of a Dominican rain forest.

Photograph by Michael Melford

This rare gem in the Caribbean between Guadeloupe and Martinique is the baby of a remarkable chain of tropical islesóitís still a work in progress, literally being shaped by ongoing geothermal and volcanic activity on the seafloor. • That also accounts for the presence of the worldís second largest boiling lake. • Lush rain forests abound with exotic wildlife species. • Christopher Columbus named this alluring land, which became independent in 1978, for the day on which he discovered it, a Sunday.

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