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Life in the Great Barrier Reef

This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photos by iLCP Fellow Jürgen Freund on expedition with iLCP partner, The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. Onboard the M/Y Golden Shadow,…

WWF’s Living Planet Report echoed on the Great Barrier Reef

This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photos by iLCP Fellow James Morgan For decades, the Great Barrier Reef has enjoyed World Heritage Status and been…

October 5, 2014: Climbing Into Volcanoes, Swimming the Seven Seas and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they climb into volcanos to look for bacteria, invent environmentally and academically friendly ways to make tea, create the largest marine reserves in the world, make tiny soft robots, swim the seven seas, survive an avalanche, eat ice cream in the name of conservation, and swim with Great white sharks.

Geography in the News: Worldwide Wheat Production

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Role of Wheat in Worldwide Agriculture Wheat is the principal grain used to make most breads and pastries. Grown mostly in the middle latitudes and Northern Hemisphere, annual wheat harvests are watched carefully. As the “staff of life” to multitudes, annual harvest assessments…

Extramural Activities: Paint and Fossils

Emily Hughes brings us tales of adventure and discovery from the Australian Outback as she and her mother search for unbelievably ancient fossils. Paleontologists learn to do more than just paleontology when necessary; for them, useful skills can include making murals.

Mysterious Fossils in 3D

Emily Hughes brings us tales of adventure and discovery from the Australian Outback as she and her mother search for unbelievably ancient fossils. Pteridiniums are ancient organisms full of mystery—and those found in the Outback prove these life forms to be much older than previously thought.

Illuminating Fossils: Light’s Importance in Paleontology

Emily Hughes brings us tales of adventure and discovery from the Australian Outback as she and her mother search for unbelievably ancient fossils. Photographers and professors of physics understand the importance of light, but surprisingly enough, so do paleontologists.

Mapping the Past

Emily Hughes brings us tales of adventure and discovery from the Australian Outback as she and her mother search for unbelievably ancient fossils. Map-making: It’s not just for map-makers anymore. Paleontologists also use many aspects of it.

A Whole New Dimension: 3D-Fossil Excavation

Emily Hughes searches for fossils in the romantic expanse of the Australian Outback. Her team is continuing its excavation of the Ediacaran fossils—this time in three dimensions.

Snorkeling Conditions 560-Million Years Ago

Emily Hughes searches for fossils in the romantic expanse of the Australian Outback. After a recent trip to Hawaii and a round of snorkeling, she reflects on what swimming through the oceans 560-million years ago would have been like.

Feeding in the Flinders: Past and Present

Emily Hughes searches for fossils in the romantic expanse of the Australian Outback. Ancient creatures fed 560-million years ago on microbial mat, and today she admires the differences between what creatures ate then and now.

Fossil Excavation in a Nutshell

Emily Hughes searches for fossils in the romantic expanse of the Australian Outback. She is excavating the first fossil bed of the season, and excited for what will be contained inside.

Looking Back 560-Million Years

Emily Hughes searches for fossils in the romantic expanse of the Australian Outback. As the digging progresses, she describes the Outback of 560-million years ago.

The Importance of Silly Putty in Paleontology

Emily Hughes searches for fossils in the romantic expanse of the Australian Outback. The tools one brings are of lofty consequence—Silly Putty, along with other tools such as dental picks.

The Fossil-Hunting Expedition Begins

Emily Hughes searches for fossils in the romantic expanse of the Australian Outback. This is the first of her posts—the trip to the Outback for fossil hunting begins!