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Skull in Underwater Cave May Be Earliest Trace of First Americans

PET/GUE Divers descend into the abyss at Hoyo Negro. Photo by Daniel Riordan-Araujo   By Fabio Esteban Amador Explorers have discovered what might be the oldest evidence of humans in the Americas. Alex Alvarez, Franco Attolini, and Alberto (Beto) Nava are members of PET (Projecto Espeleológico de Tulum), an organization that specializes in the exploration…

Father and Son Document Perilous Journey Across the Himalayas

Crossing the Mera La (5400 m) into the Hongu valley. Photo by Daniel Byers Cut off from the world while crossing treacherous mountain passes in deep snow was all in a day’s work for a father-and-son team determined to trek through the remote Hongu Valley in the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal. Alton Byers, mountain geographer…

In Search of Nepal’s Missing Tigers

Nepal’s estimated 120 adult wild tigers do not take into account the young mountain landscape in the Churia region, so the country could be home to more big cats than believed. Using a grant from the National Geographic Society/Waitt Institute Program, biologist Kanchan Thapa is currently in the field, setting camera traps and looking for…

Father and Son Climb to the Highest Valleys to Save Lives

Update: Dangerous Trek Begins, October 21, 2010 From Alton Byers:  We just arrived in Lukla and head out to the the Hongu valley tomorrow, and will be out of touch for three weeks.  Once we enter the valley over the 4200 m Mera La pass, we’ll trek up valley, climb to and film the dangerous…

Miskito divers risk injury and death to feed seafood markets

Many indigenous communities around the world harvest the sea floor for marine life such as spiny lobster, conch, abalone, sea cucumber, and red algae to feed international markets. While some communities have scuba equipment or air-supplied hookah rigs, others free-dive, putting their lives at risk. Harvesting Miskito Indians dive well beyond established safe limits to…

Fifty Years of Shipwreck Excavation Opens New Windows on History

2010 marks the 50th anniversary of George Bass’s first-ever submarine mapping and excavation of a complete shipwreck and the dawn of modern underwater archaeology. By Fabio Esteban Amador Transoceanic explorers throughout time have traveled in relatively fragile vessels, often carrying their personal belongings, items that reflect who they are and where they are from. Their…