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Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Reese John plays with his slingshot on a piling from a recently demolished home in Newtok, Alaska. Just a few dozen feet away are crumbling cliffs of permafrost falling into the Ninglik River. Erosion has already gobbled up approximately one mile of Newtok’s land, and the entire village is sinking as the permafrost beneath the ground thaws. The demolished homes leave behind a playground of construction materials for local children. As much as the kids I met seemed to enjoy climbing and jumping all over these structures, they also made sure to tell me multiple times about the brand-new playground they were going to have very soon. Nine miles upriver is the site of a new village, Mertarvik, where the entire Newtok community will be relocating this fall. Newtok is the first village in Alaska that has already begun relocation as a result of climate change—pioneering a process that many other Alaskan villages may soon undergo.

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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Young girls take a break on the grass runway on the tiny island of Kili, Marshall Islands. In March 1946 all 167 residents of a small island on a remote Pacific atoll packed up their belongings and left their homes. They were assured it would be for a short period, during which the United States government would carry out a series of nuclear tests. Seventy years later, most surviving Bikini islanders have yet to set foot on the island paradise from which they were evacuated. Those surviving Bikinians and their descendants live scattered among the other Marshall Islands in Micronesia, some on Majuro, the capital, some on Ejit and Kwajalein, and many on Kili, where they eke out a living producing copra, farming what little land is available, and fishing where and when it is safe to do so. For more follow @michaelchristopherbrown

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Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The 110-meter-long (363 foot ) Saturn V rocket took the Apollo 11 astronauts to space 50 years ago today, on July 16, 1969. Early this morning, in the heart of Washington D.C., that piece of history was relived briefly on the Washington Monument, which is comparable in height to the rocket. The life-size Saturn projection, organized by @airandspacemuseum partnered with @usinterior and 59 Productions, begins tonight and runs through Thursday, July 18, from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. each night. On July 19 and 20, the program continues, with the show "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" projected on the east face of the Washington Monument and adjacent screens. To date, Saturn V is the tallest and most powerful rocket ever operated, with an immense payload capacity of 150 tons. With my career focused on astronomy and space photography, it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate this exploration milestone. NASA aims to return to the moon in the next decade, as early as 2024, this time leading a coalition of several nations and private companies. #Apollo50th #NASA #washingtondc #goforthemoon

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Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | It's World Snake Day! And what better way to celebrate than with a two-headed copperhead found in the wild in my home state of Virginia. Having two heads is a condition called dicephaly, and it occurs in one out of 100,000 snakes in the wild. Most snakes born with two heads don’t live long, especially in the wild; this snake lived only for several months. To see another photo of this two headed snake, I’m @tbfrost #WorldSnakeDay

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Last year, these were the fireworks I watched on the 4th of July: the hill above my town burning. Each year, destructive wildfire scenes like this have grown as climate patterns have become hotter, drier, and more extreme, and developments have pushed farther into wooded areas. These conditions exacerbate another challenge: By not allowing natural fires to occur, we enhance fuel buildup. As the complexity of wildfire season grows and becomes further-reaching, I’m grateful for the firefighters who risk their lives to keep blazes like this at bay. For more, follow @pedromcbride #wildfire #basaltmountainfire #firefighters #grateful

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Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | An endangered Gee's golden langur (Trachypithecus geei ) licks clay from her fingers in the Himalayan foothills. In 2017 and 2018, I spent months in Bhutan tracking and photographing these beautiful primates. I found they regularly visited an exposed clay cliff where they would eat handfuls of mineral-rich clay, which likely helps them to digest leaves and unripe fruits. The Gee’s golden langur is safe in Bhutan, but fewer than 6,500 individuals remain in the wild and it's locally extinct across parts of its historic range. In collaboration with @uwicer , the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Bhutan. @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant for this work. @thephotosociety #Bhutan #Conservation #RoyalManasNationalPark #Himalaya Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.


Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A three-month-old baby chimpanzee named Ruben reaches out toward the camera lens @tampazoo Young chimps like Ruben will stay with their mothers for up to ten years, learning all the skills they need to survive in the wild before branching out to start their own family group. To see an image of an adult chimpanzee in the Photo Ark, follow me @joelsartore #chimp #chimpanzee #infant #cute #photoark


Video by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes the temptation to check oneself out is just, well, too great, particularly when you’re a hornbill presented with a clean window. #northernkenya #kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors


Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The full moon rises above the historic Boston Light which was originally built in 1716, one of the earliest in the U.S. The moon's shape and color change as it rises, due to atmospheric refraction, causing distorted image and color shift on the horizon. The same happens to the sun. The images are made from four miles (six km ) away, using a long telephoto lens. I was far enough from the foreground that it appeared smaller than the moon, which adds to the brain perception of "super" moon appearance on the horizon. Further explained on “See a Rare Red Full Moon" on Explore more of the world at night photography with me @babaktafreshi The soundtrack is courtesy of Ali Raini Music. #astrophotography #fullmoon #astronomy #boston


Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | Happy Shark Appreciation Day! The silhouette of an oceanic whitetip shark creates a stark shape against the blue water and sky in The Bahamas. A pelagic predator, this species' numbers have been dramatically reduced by overfishing and the shark fin trade. Each year more than 100 million sharks are killed worldwide, primarily for their fins, which are used in shark fin soup. The oceanic whitetip is a species that has been particularly impacted by overfishing. Sharks play a vital role in keeping the ocean healthy, as do their human predators. Given how important the ocean is to human life, we must cease this eradication of sharks in our seas. To see more shark and ocean wildlife images, follow @BrianSkerry #sharkawarnessday #sharks #oceanicwhitetipshark #bahamas


Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | A Brazilian-born domestic worker is at her son's 28th birthday party, at a restaurant in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey, on October 11, 2018. I made this image as part of a project on domestic workers in the state of New Jersey, to highlight not only the dignity of their lives, which technically would be considered in poverty, but also the good values and quality of their lives in real terms. Sadly, her son committed suicide in June. I am posting this to remind people that there are alternatives to taking your life, and we must find ways to identify and support those who are struggling. For more information, go to the Lifeline @800273talk Regardless of what country you are in, saving a life is all that matters. In America today, suicide is at epidemic levels. #domesticworker #newjersey #birthdayparty #americanlife #motherhood


Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | On the midnight of June 21, I was enjoying the moonrise from the otherworldly landscape of Mono Lake, California, when this beautiful meteor flashed in the starry sky. On any dark night, a consistent observer may see a meteor every 10-15 minutes on average, especially toward morning. The rate increases during meteor showers. Sporadic meteors like this are formed by random wandering little rocks or ice that enter the Earth’s atmosphere at speeds up to 160,000 mph (260,000 km/h ). ⁣Explore the World at Night with me @babaktafreshi #saveournightsky #meteor #monolake #astrophotography


Photo by Mattias A. Klum @mattiasklumofficial | I took this image in Botswana's magnificent Okavango Delta, where hippos alter the landscape in and around this wetland, annually flushed by nearly 11 cubic kilometers of water. By virtue of their size, hippos move huge amounts of soil, creating water channels and paths on land that redirect water. This also creates habitat and shelter for other species. Hippos are truly ecosystem engineers! They also play an important role in this delta and elsewhere by fertilizing the water; they bring nutrients to rivers and lakes that wouldn’t otherwise be there, helping enrich Okavango's plant and animal life. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see more images and stories from our projects around the world. A healthy delta provides numerous ecosystem services for mankind. #protectbiodiversity #africa #ecosystem #engineer #beauty @thephotosociety

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Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | The waters around the northern Galápagos islands of Wolf and Darwin are a shark paradise, and one of the few places in the world where mature whale sharks make regular appearances. In the depths off Darwin’s Arch, six-foot silky sharks are dwarfed as they rub up against 30-foot (plus ) giants to dislodge parasites. Photographing this unique behavior while free diving was incredibly challenging; the currents were ripping like a freight train and whale sharks are fast, strong swimmers. For more photographs of these Galapagos ocean giants follow @thomaspeschak

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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | This is the kind of thing that takes your breath away: on the surface you just see fins coming and going, but put your head underwater, and you see an “orca ballet.” The whole family works as a team to corral the herring so that everyone can feed. There is no greed, there is no personal exceptionalism, there is no selfishness. If one orca wins, the whole family wins. Is there a lesson there for humans? #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier and explore my feed to see more of our world from under the thin blue line.

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Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | A Florida panther patrols his territory in the cypress swamps and pine woods of southwest Florida. He walks through this camera trap at Babcock Ranch about once a month, facing the camera only half the time and mostly at night. Once or twice a year I get to see him like this, with some daylight adding depth to the scene (those are water drops on the lens port ). I’ve known this panther, through my camera traps, for nearly three years. I’ve seen him heal from battle scars, recover from a limp, and persistently court the first female panther documented north of the Caloosahatchee River since 1973. I also have seen kittens that were probably his. I’ve never seen a panther in this part of Florida with my own eyes. Only through tracks and photos do I get a glimpse into its secretive life. Knowing this dominant male panther is patrolling and defending his territory gives me hope that we can use his story to defend the larger territory of his species from the expanded roads and development that currently target Florida’s last wild places. Rancher Cary Lightsey told me: “The panther is going to have to help us save Florida.” I believe his words; the panther can help inspire a movement to achieve balance for wild Florida and ourselves. I’m going to keep photographing and filming panthers—and the land they represent. And we’re going to use the story to promote new conservation policies that empower landowners seeking alternatives to development. Please stay connected with me in the coming months and check out the links in my bio. #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #pathofthepanther #floridawild #KeepFLWild #panther @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo

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Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | All too often on safari you get caught up in keeping score of the animals you've seen, or trying to justify the camera gear you've hauled half way around the world—to which I plead guilty. Some of my best images are recorded when I put down the camera—as memories. Take a moment, allow yourself to marvel at the poetry of nature, the texture and relationship of the wildlife to the landscape. It's unforgettable. #maasaimara #kenya #elephants #infrared To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger

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Photo by Juan Arredondo @juanarre | Visitors in the Dutch room of the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. In 1990 this room was also the scene of tragedy when 13 works were stolen from the museum, six of them from the Dutch room. The museum lost several Rembrandts, including a self-portrait, one of his finest narrative paintings, "A Lady and Gentleman in Black," and his only seascape, "Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee," as well as Johannes Vermeer’s "The Concert." #onassignment for @natgeotraveluk For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @juanarre #travel #boston

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Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | Gannets conduct a distinctive courtship display. The two birds bow, point their heads skyward, and preen each other to strengthen their bond. They usually form lifelong pairs, and begin breeding at four or five years of age. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of the wonders of nature and the human-wildlife relationship. #birds #courtship #gannets #Ireland

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Regal Eagle: Found only in North America, bald eagles almost went extinct in the 1960s due to hunting. Thanks to the protection of the Endangered Species Act, they were able to make a comeback. These powerful and graceful birds are most abundant in Alaska, with a population of approximately 30,000 there. When I was a kid growing up in Colorado, bald eagles were locally extinct. Now they’ve returned, and I regularly spot three of them just downstream from my house. For more on these and other beautiful birds, follow @pedromcbride #baldeagle #Alaska #recovery #flight

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Photo by Erika Larsen @erikalarsen888 | Writing by Jennifer Kingsley, collaborating in the Bering Sea: Kelp fans out across a beach in the Aleutian Islands, and the volcanic sand it lies on mimics the night sky. These giant algae can survive a few seasons attached to underwater rocks before washing away and growing pale as they lose their chlorophyll—a chemical essential to photosynthesis. Hunters from Russia began coming to these islands in the 1740s in search of sea otter pelts. In the decades that followed, they killed almost every single animal for its fur. This led to an explosion of the sea urchin population—the sea otter’s target prey. Urchins, in turn, feed on kelp, so their overabundance led to what we now call “urchin barrens,” regions with hardly any kelp at all. As sea otters return to these waters, they bring sea urchin numbers down and urchin barrens have a chance to become kelp forests again. This slender algae has small gas chambers—like panes in a window—that keep it afloat. When it dies and reaches the sandy beach, we might step over it without recognizing its beauty or the ecological story that it represents.

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Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Diriyah was built in the Najdi architectural style, which is distinguished by adobe structures supported by tamarisk wood beams. Adobe bricks are made from sand or clay mixed with straw and tightly compacted into molds before being baked in the sun. Triangles are a frequently recurring shape, carved into facades for ventilation purposes, used on top of fortification walls, seen in archways, and painted on doors and window shutters as decoration. #Diriyah #SaudiArabia

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Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A great white shark attacks a seal decoy off Monomoy Island, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Since about 2009, this region has become a newly forming hub of white shark activity. The sharks arrive in summer to feed on gray seals. According to historical records, the seals here were wiped out in the late 1600s and have rebounded only in recent years, due to the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. Unlike great whites in other regions of the world, the sharks here seem to be using different feeding strategies to hunt the seals, often feeding in shallow water. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo To see more sharks and other marine wildlife photos, follow @BrianSkerry #sharks #greatwhitesharks #capecod #predator

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Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman | For the past four years, I've been trying to capture the story of the Ahmads—an ordinary Syrian family whose lives were thrown into chaos when ISIS arrived in their hometown of Raqqa. At one point, each of their six adult children lived in a different country abroad, forcing them to create a very 21st-century facsimile of their tight-knit family through social media and modern tech. This is the family matriarch, Suaad, in Qatar a couple years ago. This week, I will be in Tunisia for the wedding of one of her sons and a partial family reunion. For more of the Ahmads’ story, from France to Qatar to Norway to England, head to my account @dzalcman and check out the newest pinned story on my profile.

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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | As I was walking toward the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, there was this priceless moment of a happy boy holding a stray puppy. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #jordan #الاردن #Petra

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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Palestinian men stand inside a mosque in Nablus, West Bank, during the Maghrib prayer. Prayed just after sunset, the Maghrib is the fourth of five obligatory daily prayers performed by practicing Muslims. For more from Israel/Palestine follow @michaelchristopherbrown

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Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | A Himalayan porcupine wanders past a camera trap positioned at an elevation of 3,000 meters in Bhutan. We set up a network of camera traps in Bhutan primarily to capture big cats, but we continue to be surprised by the huge diversity of animals that we've photographed, from red pandas to herds of Asian elephants. In collaboration with @uwicer , the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Bhutan. @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant for this work. With Joris van Alphen @thephotosociety #Bhutan #Conservation #Himalaya Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.

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Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A harp seal pup takes its first swimming lesson in the Gulf of St Lawrence, Quebec, Canada. This species has an extraordinary breeding cycle. Females give birth to pups on moving ice floes. They suckle the pup for just 10 to 14 days. During the last few days of this short period, they encourage the pup to get into the water to help them learn to swim (as seen in this video ). After the swimming lessons, they abandon the pup. The females then mate with the males that have been waiting nearby, before heading north to their feeding grounds. The pups at two weeks old are left alone with nothing to eat. To see these awesome animals in action, check out my new online series "Wild_Life: The Big Freeze." Content sponsored by Destination Canada. Available on National Geographic YouTube and at Follow @bertiegregory for more on the series.

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Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A tourist balloon flies over a temple in Bagan, Myanmar. Tourism is an important part of the Burmese economy, and the temples in Bagan are a popular destination. During the Bagan kingdom's height, between the 11th and 13th centuries, there were over 10,000 Buddhist pagodas, temples, and monasteries in the region. In August 2016, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake destroyed some of the 2,500 remaining temples in the area and forced others to close to tourists due to safety concerns. #followme @irablockphoto to see more images from the world. #myanmar #burma #bagan #irablock

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Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I Salisbury Cathedral is regarded as one of the leading examples of early English architecture: its main body was built from 1220 to 1258. Since 1549, the cathedral has had the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom, at 404 feet (123 m ). Although the spire is the cathedral's most impressive feature, it has proved troublesome. Together with the tower, it added 6,500 tonnes to the weight of the building. Without the addition of buttresses, bracing arches, and anchor irons over succeeding centuries, it would have suffered the fate of spires on other great ecclesiastical buildings (such as Malmesbury Abbey, Lincoln Cathedral, and Chichester Cathedral ) and fallen down. Salisbury Cathedral is seen from Harnham Water Meadows, known as Constable's Meadows. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects. #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #England #night #cathedral

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Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Wooden walkways replace roads, and homes rest on pilings in the village of Newtok in western Alaska. This Yupik village (population 380 ), located along the Ninglik River in the lower Kuskokwim Delta, is sinking as the permafrost beneath it thaws. The entire village is in the process of moving to Mertarvik, a new village site about nine miles away built on rocky ground.

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Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | Most people think of sea stars as beautiful but lowly creatures of little ecological consequence. Nothing could be further from the truth! Like miniature lions or wolves, the ochre sea stars pictured here are voracious hunters, preying on and even controlling mussel populations. Legendary ecologist Bob Paine called ochre sea stars keystone predators, their presence or absence significantly impacting the intertidal ecosystems they inhabit. In 2013 a mysterious wasting disease afflicted them in the Pacific Northwest and quickly the disease severely decimated populations from Alaska to Mexico. Fortunately sea star populations are now showing signs of recovery, with juveniles colonizing some rocky shores in great numbers. However, it will probably take another five years before the recovery is complete. To experience more underwater photographs and discover other marine keystone species follow @thomaspeschak

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