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Art Amidst Disaster: Welcome to Microplastic Beach

“No amount of studies I’d read could prepare me for landing on a beach with no other humans in sight and cleaning up kilo after kilo of waste, so much of it miniscule.”—Maya Weeks

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Underwater, Underground, Making a Map

To be able to share the beauty and wonder of these underwater caves with other people is one of our main aims in this project. One of the best ways we can do this is by making maps.

Water and Life Lessons

To honor the Water Protectors who peacefully persevered amidst chilling temperatures and tempraments solely to protect our waters, I ask you to help spread an appreciation and a deep love for water and all that it does. Share your favorite water-related lessons with us!

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Documenting Inner Earth

When I surface exhausted at the end of day, the job really begins. It is my role to create these short videos for you each night before I crawl into my hammock for a few hours sleep.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Speaking Up for Safety

One of our team members found a hilarious video online about train safety. After a good laugh, we decided to try our hand at sending our own safety message out into the world.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Prehistoric Creatures of the Blue Holes

Blue holes are time capsules that contain some of the most intriguing collections of natural, geologic, and human history in the West Indies. Take a closer look.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: A Team With 200 Years of Experience

Our team members do not want to keep all this experience for themselves … They want everybody, and especially the local people of the Bahamas, to benefit from it.

Indigenous Voices From Guatemala’s Day of No Violence Against Women

“Today is a day when we are intentionally pooling all of our positive energy so that tomorrow can be different, can be a more dignified and free life than what has been forced upon us … “

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Exploration in a Parallel World

Another world exists parallel to this forest of whispering pines. Below is a labyrinth of caves, the likes of which are only beginning to be fully understood and mapped.

Change, Struggle, and What’s Under the Hood of a Cuban Taxi

In the U.S., change might be seen in the newest model of iPhone. In Cuba, change is manifest everyday by continually adapting yesterday’s material realities to today’s needs.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Safety Rules (Because Safety Rules!)

“When I was invited to this expedition, it was like being invited to dive safety nirvana; some of these divers wrote the books I made a job out of!”

Blue Holes Expedition: Rocks, Water, and a Workout

A big of geology and a touch of forestry reveal a dimension of the Bahamas few people really take in.

Bahamas Blue Holes 2016: Meet the Team

We’re mapping a cave system that could prove to be the most extensive island cave system in the world. But the most rewarding part is working with school kids at the site for all sorts of hands-on activities.

Shamans Still Cast Their Spells Along the Modern Silk Road

The babel rose from the cemetery gate. A man grunted as if punched again and again in the gut. Someone else was moaning in a low, weepy singsong. Another burped spasmodically. Underneath it all was the soft, raspy muttering of prayers, like leaves tumbling in an autumn breeze. The prayers came from the shamans. They…

Explorers and Students Team Up to Start the Year Off With a ROAR

Sharing firsthand experiences and lessons from the field, National Geographic Big Cats Initiative explorers are helping spread their boundless knowledge and affection for the wild to the next generation.