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Open Source #Okavango14: The Heartbeat of the Delta

On day two, we found ourselves hushed and intensely listening on the side of the channel in our mokoros, the traditional canoe of the baYei people. The air was tense as we waited as a result of the nearby rumblings of a male elephant. I have never felt so simultaneously excited and anxious at the…

The Hunt for Alpaca … Skeletons

Sarah Kennedy is using animal remains to dig through Peru’s colonial past. By comparing bone shards from Peru’s northern coast to an alpaca skeleton from Cusco, she might be able to show what Peruvians ate under Spanish rule.

Iceland: Raw, Rugged, and a Warm-Up for Mars

In Iceland, Bethany Ehlmann is touring with students to learn more about the dynamic geological processes that mold and carve our planet in order to learn about other planets, particularly Mars. Her expedition kicks off with some amazing sights and the threat of a nearby volcanic eruption imminent.

Eric Chen’s Galápagos Getaway

Eric Chen is the grand prize winner of this year’s Google Science Fair for his work on new influenza treatments. As part of his prize, he was invited by National Geographic to tour the Galapagos Islands and encounter all that nature has to offer. For this young biochemist, visiting the cradle of the theory of evolution was a dream come true. National Geographic has been a Google Science Fair partner since it launched four years ago.

Badger Life From Breakfast to Late Night

There’s always something to see in the grasslands at the American Prairie Reserve. However, every once in a while, Landmark adventure science crews see something out of the ordinary.

Poisons and Poaching: A Deadly Mix Requiring Urgent Action

Elephant and rhino poachers are increasingly turning to poisons with devastating consequences. If the tide is not stemmed soon, many species will be utterly destroyed by the demand for their parts in East Asia.

New York City to Niagara Falls by Bicycle … With Kids

Most people turn their eyes away from roadkill, but ASC adventurer Charles Scott and his children spent five weeks actively looking for the remains of animals along the road and documenting what they found.

Guns, Bones and Polar Bears

The Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group, led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum, is blazing its next great expedition to the icy rim of the world in search of stunningly preserved fossils. Polar bears are an ever-present threat to the fossil-hunters, but the team takes precautions to avoid unnecessary violence.

Sylvia Earle’s ‘Mission Blue’ Arrives on Netflix Today

Through interviews, old home movies, and breathtaking new footage, see what has inspired this indomitable scientist to dedicate her life to protecting the ocean.

Commemorating A Milestone in Ocean Exploration

At a time when no one had previously descended deeper than 350 feet and survived, Beebe and Barton set out in 1930 to explore the vast depths of the Atlantic near the island of Bermuda in the bathysphere submersible invented by Barton. The men crammed into a cast iron sphere that was 4.75 feet in diameter with 1” thick walls to withstand the immense pressure of the ocean’s depths.

#Okavango14: Monitoring the Delta From the Front Lines

ASC volunteers will manage remote wildlife platforms, monitoring the delta’s fragile ecosystem and collecting data to ensure this area is protected for years to come.

Hōkūle’a: Crew Training

With all the excitement of Worldwide Voyage being highlighted, it’s easy to forget that 90 percent of a successful voyage happens not in the implementation, but rather, in the preparation. Before ever stepping onto Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia, prospective crew members must undergo intensive training to ensure that they are adequately prepared for sailing in the deep sea.

Searching for Sustainabile Clothing in India

Andrew Flachs researchers the trials of Indian farmers and their rush toward modern farming practices, such as GMO crops and new pesticides. With time to reflect on his journey, he explains why these farmers do what they do, and why the question of how to approach farming is a complex one.

Inside Europe’s Mystical Sufi Lodges, Part VI: Gjirokaster

In Macedonia, the Bektashis face many challenges, but they fight to keep their doors open to those who are willing to share ideas and hospitality. The mountains of Albania hide some of the most remote of the Bektashi Order, yet they are still legendary among the local people.

Midnight Sun Fun

The Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group, led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum, is blazing its next great expedition to the icy rim of the world in search of stunningly preserved fossils. The midnight sun circles in an endless, natural rhythm as the team digs through perplexing terrain.