Gabon Coastline

Photograph by Michael Nichols

Foam-crested Atlantic Ocean surf washes onto the beach in southwestern Gabon, where Mike Fay completed his Megatransect after 15 months. As a result of his efforts, President El Hadj Omar Bongo of Gabon set aside more than 10,000 square miles (26,000 square kilometers) of land to form a national park system protecting 13 separate parks.