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Desventuradas Expedition: Bizarre and Wonderful Sub Dive

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off on his first big expedition of the year: to explore the remote islands of Desventuradas, hundreds of miles off the coast of Chile. Follow his adventures throughout the month. 13 February 2013 The Argo, our ship, was anchored on the northern side of San Ambrosio Island, sheltered…

Desventuradas Expedition: First Humans to Dive San Ambrosio?

Unable to find any underwater photos from these islands, Enric Sala and team describe what may be the first time humans have ever swum beneath these waves.

Desventuradas Expedition: This Is Why We Are So Excited

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off on his first big expedition of the year: to explore the remote islands of Desventuradas, hundreds of miles off the coast of Chile. Follow his adventures throughout the next month.

Desventuradas Expedition Prepares for Launch

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is about to set off on his first big expedition of the year: to explore the remote islands of Desventuradas, hundreds of miles off the coast of Chile. Follow his adventures throughout the next month.

Cloud-watching in Patagonia

A peek into the clouds of Aysén.

Star trails from 47˚S, 72˚W

The night sky in Patagonia is breathtaking — there is no light pollution, and on a clear night with a new moon the sky flickers with stars. Long exposure photographs show us how the Earth spins relative to the stars.

Patagonia’s Local Llamas: The Guanaco

Have you ever met a guanaco? Learn about these large, charismatic mammals that roam the Patagonia National Park Project in Aysén, Chile.

Chile Becomes First Country to Protect All Seamounts From Bottom Trawling

  By Alex Muñoz of Oceana I’m happy to start 2013 by sharing some inspiring news from my country, Chile, one of the world’s top fishing nations. The good news is that our Government and National Congress, following campaigning by Oceana, overhauled our fishing laws by banning bottom trawling in all vulnerable marine ecosystems (including…

2.5 Days in 3rd Gear: Our Journey Down La Carretera Austral

Young Explorers Marty and Ross have arrived at the Future Patagonia National Park- track their progress via their LIVE interactive map as the push through the wilderness!

September 16, 2012: Earth’s Earliest Mummies in Peru, Glacial Lakes on Mountaintops, and More

This week on “National Geographic Weekend,” join host Boyd Matson as we dodge cannibals in Indonesia, dodge polar bears while digging up dinosaur bones, educate the country’s future leaders, laugh along with hyenas in South Africa, climb mountains to save people living under glacial lakes, fight over the Ganges’ erosion in India, explore Peru’s national forests for new species, and photograph all of the units of America’s National Park System.

Patagonian Fjords Expedition: Cold Water Corals

Follow along as NG Grantee Rhian Waller explores the little known world of corals that dwell in the fjords of South America.

Exquisite Views of Patagonia’s Wetlands

From close-up views of unusual flowers, to rodent’s-eye-views of the world where moss is grass and grass is forest, to epic landscapes seen only by a camera attached to a kite, Anand Varma’s photographs reveal Patagonia not as it would appear if you were there, but as it would appear if you were everywhere.

Salas y Gómez Expedition: Departing Rapa Nui

As the Salas y Gómez team concludes its work near Easter Island, Chile, and disperses to points around the globe, marine scientist and expedition co-leader Enric Sala looks back on several weeks in one of the most isolated, intriguing, and ecologically unique corners of the vast Pacific. Petroglyphs depicting a tangata manu, or birdman, near…

Salas y Gómez Expedition: An Exceptional Mission

Comandante Andres Rodrigo, commanding officer of the Comandante Toro, shares his thoughts on the Chilean Navy’s first patrol of the new marine park surrounding Salas y Gómez and on hosting a civilian expedition team aboard his ship. Chilean Navy Comandante Andres Rodrigo scans monitors on the bridge of the OPV Comandante Toro. By Ford Cochran…

Salas y Gómez Expedition: Locating an Island Via Satellite

Marine ecologists use a new satellite image of Salas y Gómez and existing imagery of Easter Island to plan their dives and plot their data–and to correct long-standing cartographic errors in the placement of the former island. Alan Friedlander imports a high-resolution satellite image of Salas y Gómez into the GIS on his laptop and…