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Antarctic ice melt: What's the difference?

Global Warming

Aboriginal people

There are about 500 different Aboriginal peoples in Australia, each with their own language and territory and usually made up of a large number of …

Nepal Photos

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>See photos of Nepal (including Kathmandu, the Himalaya, Mustang, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Interesting Facts about Indonesia

Islamic State fighters returning home

As the Islamic State clings to its last slivers of territory in Syria, the world is starting to grapple with a problem: Some of the 40,000 Islamic State supporters who migrated to the fight in Iraq and Syria are returning home. A study by the Soufan Center and the Global Strategy Network has …

The Keys to the Kingdom: Saudi Women Learn to Drive

JIDDA, Saudi Arabia — “O.K. Come drive now,” said the trainer.<p>“Oh my God,” the architecture student replied.<p>She climbed into the driver’s seat, put on her seatbelt, found the pedals, released the hand brake and put the car into drive. Then she took a deep breath, eased her foot off the brake and …

Once Written Off for Dead, the Aral Sea Is Now Full of Life

ARALSK DISTRICT, KAZAKHSTAN<p>Thanks to large-scale restoration efforts, the North Aral Sea has seen a resurgence of fish—a boon to the communities that rely on it.<p>Omirserik Ibragimov fixed his gaze on the hole he had carved out from the frozen Aral Sea. The 25-year-old’s hands moved steadily, pulling …

Why Cape Town Is Running Out of Water, and Who’s Next

The South African city plans to shut off the taps to 4 million people. But it's just one of many cities around the world facing a future with too little water.<p>By summer, four million people in the city of Cape Town—one of Africa's most affluent metropolises—may have to stand in line surrounded by …

Flipboard on Flipboard

@flipboard | Official Flipboard account<p>7 Coolest Boats, Yachts, and Subs to Celebrate National Maritime Day<p>May 22 is National Maritime Day in the …

Kenya Is World’s ‘Least Toxic’ Country

Kenya has been named the world’s least toxic country, topping a list that takes account of air pollution, energy consumption and renewable energy …

Rwanda Ranks In The Top 5 For Gender Equity. Do Its Teen Girls Agree?

<i>Editor's note:</i> <i>This post is an update of an earlier story, from the</i> Invisibilia podcast <i>and program, which is broadcast on participating public radio stations.</i><p>In what countries are women and men on the most equal footing?<p>That's a question that the World Economic Forum considers in its annual Global …

'I miss school to fetch clean water'

<b>Mario Macilau was 23 in 2007 when he swapped his mother's mobile phone for a Nikon camera. Photography wasn't new to him, however, as he had been taking pictures of daily life in his home town in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, since he was 14 years old.</b><p>His subjects ranged from the street …

Water

Depiction of mythical Aztec universe discovered in natural pond near Mexico's Iztaccihuatl volcano

The mirror effect of the pond gives the underwater stone shrine a 'floating' effect.<p>A team of archaeologists in Mexico have discovered a stone shrine …

Extreme poverty returns to America

“Finish all your food,” my mother used to tell me. “There’s a child in Africa who would love to have that food on your plate.” It was an effective disciplinary approach, especially because my family is from Africa. But my experience is not unique. Images of poverty in the “Third World” — then and …

Globalization

Rain Forests

Reference<p>Rain forests play an invaluable role in sustaining life, but every year, large portions of them are cut down for logging, mining, and cattle ranches.<p>Found in the tropical climate near the equator, rain forests make up six percent of the earth's land surface, but produce 40 percent of its …

El Yunque National Forest

Planning a Visit to El Yunque National Forest? You can find information on areas currently available for your visit.<p>Clean up efforts and initial …

10 amazing Amazon facts! | National Geographic Kids

<b>Ready for an amazing outdoor adventure with Nat Geo Kids? Then check out our awesome Amazon facts as we head into the depths of the Amazon rainforest!</b><p>…

National Geographic

Journalism

Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education

This Facebook post is no longer available. It may have been removed or the privacy settings of the post may have changed.<p>Academic and professional …

Half the World’s People Live on 1 Percent of Its Land

Mapping population density around the world<p>In the simple map above lies a stark spatial imbalance: Half the people in the world cram into just one percent of the Earth’s surface (in yellow), and the other half sprawl across the remaining 99 percent (in black).<p>Data viz extraordinaire Max Galka …

Geography

For Malala, Now 20, Birthdays Are Best Spent With Girls Who Dream Big

Malala Yousafzai walks hand-in-hand with her father down a dirt road in northern Iraq. The youngest Nobel laureate has just turned 20. But in some ways, she is still the teenager from Pakistan propelled onto a world stage after being shot for advocating the right of girls to go to school.<p>Her …

Yazidis

The World's Most Populous Nations In 2050 [Infographic]

As of mid-2017, the world’s population stands at almost 7.6 billion people and that number is growing, albeit slower than in the recent past. Today, it is increasing at a rate of 1.1 percent, equating to 83 million extra people every year. By 2030, the planet’s population will surpass the 8 billion …

Mount Everest's famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm

<b>A famous feature of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the world's highest peak even more dangerous to climbers.</b><p>Mountaineers said the Hillary Step may have fallen victim to Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake.<p>The near-vertical 12m (39ft) rocky outcrop stood on the mountain's southeast …

Mountaineering

Five new things you can do with Google Earth

Happy Earth Day<p>Earlier this week, Google unveiled a new version of Google Earth, an app that was considered amazing when it launched in 2001 but hadn’t really evolved in the same way that Google’s other technologies have. Now, thanks to this latest update, Google Earth is replete with 3D imagery, …

What Happens When Fashion Becomes Fast, Disposable And Cheap?

When it comes to clothes these days, maybe you should ask: What's your waste size?<p>You know you have those clothes sitting in your closet: That shirt you spent less than $10 on because it looked cool for a second, or that skirt you only wore once before it went out of fashion.<p>Fashion cycles are …

The world’s population just passed 7.5 billion: Here are some fascinating facts

There are approximately 65 million more men than women alive on Earth today, according to the latest UN figures. American Samoa has the largest gender ratio difference in the world, with roughly 1.36 men for every woman. At the other end of the spectrum, Haiti has the smallest gender ratio gap, …

USAFacts

Our nation, in numbers. USAFacts provides a comprehensive, nonpartisan view of the state of our union.

Animated map of what Earth would look like if all the ice melted

Many of the effects of climate change are irreversible. Sea levels have been rising at a greater rate year after year, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates they could rise by another meter or more by the end of this century.<p>As National Geographic showed us in 2013, sea levels …

Sea Level

Time-lapse photos show just how quickly the world's glaciers are disappearing

An elegy for ice<p>The rapid melting of Iceland's Sólheimajökull glacier is tangible. When I visited in 2013, our guide punctuated every few steps by saying, "Ten years ago the glacier would have started here .... five years ago the glacier would have started here." Each step in which our feet were …