National Geographic
Menu

Tag archives for Explorer

Xayaburi Dam and the Fate of the Mekong

Representatives of the nations around the Mekong River are meeting this week to make a decision regarding the construction of a large new dam that would have varied and substantial effects throughout the region. National Geographic Emerging Explorer Zeb Hogan discusses the possible impacts of the proposed Xayaburi Dam and the importance of this week’s decision.

Your Questions for Ocean Explorer Bob Ballard

NG Explorer-in-Residence Bob Ballard has discovered the wreck of “Titanic,” new forms of life, and pioneered incredible submarine technology in the process. Now you get to be the explorer and discover what stories and thoughts still lie beneath those trademark baseball caps of his. Join Ballard in a live video chat on the National Geographic Facebook page, Wednesday Dec. 14, at 3:30pm EST (8:30pm UT).

International Teachers Go Genographic

This week Genographic Project team members, including Project Director and NG Explorer-in-Residence Spencer Wells, are working with teachers at the European Council for International Schools Conference in Lisbon, Portugal to integrate the project’s educational initiative, GenoThreads into their classrooms. Learn more about the available lesson plans.

“Walking” by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau’s essay “Walking” has inspired many a saunterer over the past 150 years, including NG Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay, who has made transects by foot recording plants and animals across Africa, the range of the Redwoods, and Saguaro National Park in Arizona.

NG Young Explorers’ Spirit Bear Film Wins Award

The winning film by Trip Jennings and Andy Maser follows photographers as they search for the legendary “spirit bear”–a black bear with white fur–to draw attention to the beauty of the Great Bear Rainforest, which is endangered by plans to make this area the main Pacific port for oil from Canada’s tar sands.

Your Questions for a Virus Hunter

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Nathan Wolfe is working to create an early warning system that can forecast and contain new plagues before they kill millions. This Friday, you can ask him all about it, live on the National Geographic Facebook page.

Meet NG Young Explorers

While famous figures continue to make discoveries and lead thrilling expeditions, a new group of National Geographic Young Explorers are laying the foundations for the future. If you’re in D.C., join us at Headquarters this Friday to meet Shannon Switzer, Neil Losin, and Emily Ainsworth.

Your Questions Answered From the Mountain Top

Recently, National Geographic Facebook fans posted their questions for members of The Mountain Institute’s international expedition to a potentially dangerous new glacial lake in the Himalayas. Listen to their answers from the field and see photos from the spectacular journey.

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.

Redefining the Environmental Movement

John Francis has a simple hypothesis: People are part of the environment and the way we treat each other has manifested into the physical environment in the form of our environmental problems. Now 12 graduate students are helping him explore this concept and gain new insights and ideas in class and online.

Conservation Beyond Borders: Balkans 2011 Academic Expedition

In June 2011, a group of seven American students trekked into the mountains following the ancient trading trail between Thethi, Albania via the high mountain pass of Qaf Pejas, and down into Vusanje/Vuthaj, Montenegro. In the process they experienced traditional culture, saw the benefits of cross-border cooperation, and explored the many ecological issues facing the region. See photos and hear their story.

Jane Goodall Celebrates International Day of Peace

Jane Goodall realized early on that we won’t be able to take care of animals and the environment until we’re able to take care of each other. In that spirit, the Jane Goodall Institute is asking us all to make a pledge to cultivate peace in our daily lives throughout the year.

Explorers Update: Patagonian Wetlands and More

Get field updates about photography in Patagonia, monkey fingers, the bones of saints, and infrasound volcano research.

Expedition to a New Glacial Lake

World-class scientists from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Bhutan, Peru, Bolivia, Japan, the US and Europe are trekking through the Himalayas to exchange knowledge with local people about monitoring and controlling potentially dangerous new glacial lakes.

The Places We Love II: Hang Your Kids Over a Cliff and Turn Them On to Nature

Do eco-thrill attractions actually help people learn anything about ecology? Jonathan Tourtellot visits a nature theme park in Vancouver, B.C. and gets some surprise insights about the rain forest—and about long-term thinking.