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A #Leopard tries dragging an Impala higher up her tree as another Leopard approaches below. #MoremiGameReserve, #Botswana. The red light is used because it causes much less stress than a white spot light. She was later able to get the Impala to a higher branch but almost dropped it on this attempt! Can you imagine carrying something close to your own weight by your teeth while climbing a tree!?

A sunflower seastar (Pycnopodia helianthoides) works stealthily across the ocean floor in search of food. They can grow up to 3 feet in diameter and travel at rip roaring speeds of 3 feet a minute as they seek out sea urchins. Water temperatures off the coast of the US and Canada have warmed by several degrees and tragically, this starfish species was the hardest hit from an aptly named disease called“starfish wasting disease”. I took this image several years ago when this species was everywhere. Now, I never seen them at all. They have all but vanished from this coast. #climatechange #warmingoceans #naturelovers #follow #bc #nature #picoftheday #photooftheday #greatbearsea #10by2020 @seacam @ Campbell River, British Columbia

Supermarket Beef Is Battleground for Deforestation Debate

One of Brazil’s largest supermarkets, Pão de Açúcar, has agreed to stop selling beef produced on deforested land or with forced labor by June 1. But while advocates hailed the announcement, they also questioned whether the retailer was being realistic about the promises it’s making.<p>In late March, …

Beef

School girls watch as Anita, 16, is prepared to be wed in Kagati village, Nepal. The country - which already had one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage - experienced a massive earthquake one year ago. Rates of child marriage are known to increase in the wake of natural disasters and other emergency situations. To learn how and why this happens, please read the full story at http://nyti.ms/1VMmDq1 published today in the @nytimes. Don’t miss our short documentary film at the end of the article, we believe it is our most nuanced and powerful one to date on this topic. This latest project by @tooyoungtowed was made in partnership with the @americanjewishworldservice. #endchildmarriage #nepal #earthquake #tooyoungtowed #girls

Coaxing Art Out of the Produce Cart

It may be tempting, but don’t call the art of fruit and vegetable carving playing with food. These skilled carvers may be playful, but one look at their intricate creations makes clear that the ancient craft is serious work.<p>This ephemeral art has been practiced in Thailand, China, and Japan for …

Art

Bodies of Expert Climbers Found in Glacier 16 Years Later

<b>Legendary climbers Alex Lowe and David Bridges’ were found on Shisha Pangma in Tibet.</b><p>The opportunity to once again celebrate the lives of two of the greatest mountaineers who ever lived has presented itself under the most incredible circumstances.<p>The remains of American mountaineers Alex Lowe and …

Antarctica

Men on horseback run through the surf in Tahiti, 1922. Photograph by Edward Burton MacDowell, National Geographic Creative

Men on horseback run through the surf in Tahiti, 1922. Photograph by Edward Burton MacDowell, National Geographic Creative

Laelaps is Making Tracks to Scientific American! – Phenomena: Laelaps

Starting today, you can find Laelaps in its new habitat at <i>Scientific American</i>.<p>This is a bittersweet departure. I wish I could say that the decision to leave <i>National Geographic</i> was my own. But that’s not the case. When my first post went up over three years ago, Phenomena felt like a big virtual …

Cool Stuff

Photo of the Day: Best of April

Photography can show us reality in a wonderful way. But sometimes, reality is more beautiful than we can even imagine. One of the best words to describe this month’s Photo of the Day images is surreal. A delicate waterfall in Mauritius, a regal lion on the Serengeti, and a painterly aerial of a …

Photography

Table of Inviting Colors ~ When a hotel just doesn't work, their table of welcoming flowers does, dripping colors. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @outofedenwalk #colors #green #red #flowers #fortShevchenko #kazakhstan @ Fort-Shevchenko

Nature did a near perfect job on these boulders. Their shapes are likely caused by erosion when they were covered by water. In Kazakhstan's Mangystau region, on assignment for @natgeo. Photo by @anushbabajanyan @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @thephotosociety #boulders #rocks #nature #nationalgeographic #circular #balls #huge #shapes #kazakhstan #mangystau @ Shetpe, Mangghystaū, Kazakhstan

Morning Amongst Boulders ~ Awakening in a field of rocks on a spring morning in the steppes of Kazakhstan, in assignment with @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @outofedenwalk #kazakhstan #mangystau #steppes #rocks #boulders #timelapse #timelapsevideo #timelapsephotography #morning #onassignment #stanmeyeronassignment @ Shetpe, Mangghystaū, Kazakhstan

The Beginning of the End: Endangered Invasive Mice

Mice have been on Antipodes Island for a century now, but this month marks the beginning of the end for them. 65 tonnes of bait will be shortly transported to the island for the eradication five year in planning to commence. The New Zealand Department of Conservation has put together an infographic …

New Zealand

Pacific white-sided dolphins race towards the feast off the coast of Vancouver Island. There is a reason that they call this body of water the Emerald Sea. Follow the work of our friends at @oceansinitiative as they provide crucial science in understanding this species and their connection to this bountiful ecosystem. #GreatBearSea #dolphin #nature #wildlife #naturelovers #follow @ God's Pocket Diving Resort

Bath time with Juno Liana Huey! I am So. Damn. Lucky.

Mapping out the chronic effects of silent oil spills

By Anna Kulow<p>We are all familiar with the images from massive oil spills. A sea otter blackened by a thick coating of oil on its fur. Masses of dead fish floating in iridescent seawater. Pelicans being lifted from the water, hydrocarbons dripping from their saturated feathers. However, the majority …

Environment

Science Diplomacy across the Bering Straits: Experiential Learning as an Opportunity for Thawing US-Russian Relations

By Saleem H. Ali, Helena Voinov Vladich and Caroline Karp<p>Introduction<p>The geographic point where the Russian and United States’ mainlands are closest lies in the Bering Strait between the State of Alaska and the Russian territory of Chukotka (Fig. 1, 2). At this point, these countries are less than …

Science

Photographing murals of founding fathers of Kazakhstan. A kind family of teachers from Minnesota let us in their home to photograph the images on eye level. Photo by @anushbabajanyan @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @thephotosociety #nationalgeorgaphic #natgeo #onassignment #photography #murals #portraits #building #johnstanmeyer #kazakhstan #aktau #centralasia #caspian @ Aktau

Tunnel of Pipe Love ~ My fascination for pipes continues, broadening beyond the beauty of pipe art in Armenia, across the Caspian and over to Kazakhstan. Here they take pipe art a whole new, thicker and layered level. Unlike in #armenia where the world's largest outdoor art installation spreads across the nation as propane in thin serpentine pipes, in #kazakhstan the pipes are enormously thicker, not moving propane, rather boiling hot water used to heat homes during winter. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #pipes #artinstallation #metalart #pipeart #aktau #railroad #railroadtracks @ Aktau

On Russian Orthodox Easter, The Bells of Religious Freedom Ring

Russia

Reflections by a Conservationist Watching the Burning of 100 Tonnes of Ivory

<b>Nairobi National Park, Kenya, April 30, 2016 —</b> The fires are now lit on 100 tonnes of ivory, and as the plumes of smoke swirl into the grey skies, Kenya is turning up the heat to stop the trafficking of elephant ivory.<p>The attention this ivory destruction has created – with presidents and …

Elephants

The abundance of life, color and patterns along the coast of British Columbia are everywhere. Gooseneck barnacles attach themselves to rocks in very large aggregations in places where extreme underwater currents collide with the bottom topography. I photographed this group at Nakwakto Rapids where the Guinness Book of World Records lists this area as having the strongest tidal currents in the world. The currents are reported to get up to over 20knots. We only had 8 minutes of total dive time during the “slack” while the currents and tides switched directions. Back on the surface we witnessed whirlpools that were over 50 feet in diameter and standing waves that reached over 10 in height. It is always very humbling to be in the presence of nature and experience her force. #gratitude #BC @Gods_pocket_resort #naturelovers @ Nakwakto Rapids

Meeting of Good Friends ~ @anushbabajanyan greeting Paul Salopek's travel buddy, Alex Moen, in the suburbs of #Aktau, #Kazakhstan. Alex will be carrying all of Paul's supplies when he begins walking next week on part VI of the @outofedenwalk for @natgeo magazine. Anush, a brilliant photographer in her own right, is overseeing all the social media support on this next chapter of the Out of Eden Walk. He sure to follow her #instagram account for more behind the scenes images of this latest story for the magazine. Also, we have taken over National Geographic's #Snapchat account. Download the Snapchat app and follow us on @NatGeo over the next 48 hours for a deeply layered vignette of the making of this assignment. Additional story is also on my feed at @stanmeyer on Snapchat. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @natgeotravel #horse #paulsopek #onassignment @ Aktau

First day joining @natgeo fellow Paul Salopek, on the @outofedenwalk. Photo by @anushbabajanyan @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @thephotosociety #photosociety #onassignment #centralasia #kazakhstan #paulsalopek #aktau #walk @ Aktau

Room With a View ~ Settling in to part VI of the @outofedenwalk for @natgeo with a lovely vista of the Caspian Sea through the window in #Aktau, #Kazakhstan. We've taken over National Geographic's Snapchat account, publishing live, behind the scenes insights to the making of the latest epic journey of Out of Eden Walk. Joining me for Social Media support on this unique making of this assignment is photographer, @anushbabajanyan. Login to Snapchat and follow: #natgeo Also more on own my Snapchat feed: #stanmeyer Enjoy the ride! All my best, @johnstanmeyer @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @plus362kz #onassignment #outlfedenwalk #caspiansea #caspian #sunset @ Caspian Sea; Aktau, Kazakhstan

Sushil, 7, and his sister Sumitra, 10, whose parents were married as children, stand next to the rubble and debris that was once their home. Nepal - which already had one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage - experienced a massive earthquake one year ago this week. Rates of child marriage are known to increase in the wake of natural disasters and other emergency situations. To learn how and why this happens, please read the full story at http://nyti.ms/1VMmDq1 published this week in the @nytimes. Don’t miss our short documentary film at the end of the article, we believe it is our most nuanced and powerful one to date on this topic. This latest project by @tooyoungtowed was made in partnership with the @americanjewishworldservice. #endchildmarriage #nepal #earthquake #tooyoungtowed #girls

Afghan Women Fight Corruption for the Right to Ride

They’ve been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and featured in films and books. They were 2016 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year. They broke barriers with their sport. But for the Afghan women’s national cycling team the biggest barriers are ironically the same institutions that are in …

Afghanistan

Plastic: The big breakup

Co-authored by Erica Cirino<p>My dog Foosa and I step onto the beach, and in the first few steps I find—as usual—something made of plastic. This beach is strewn with everything from fiberglass buoys to crumbling Styrofoam cups to poorly disposed “disposable” lighters to plastic bags (use once, throw …

Plastic

Strangely green-lit room opens view to the Caspian Sea, where this visual journey begins, on assignment for @NatGeo. Follow @NatGeo's #Snapchat account: NatGeo, for live updates from Aktau, Kazakhstan. As well as my Snapchat account - stanmeyer - for more updates. Photographing for the Out of Eden Walk - part VI, an epic journey following the path of human migration. Photo by @anushbabajanyan #nationalgeographic #natgeo #onassigment #kazakhstan #outofedenwalk #caspian #green #room #johnstanmeyer #centralasia @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @ Aktau