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National Geographic grantee Eduardo Cartaya and his team descend into a volcano’s toxic ice caves on a mission to protect climbers and learn about microbial life in this eerie, otherworldly environment.
By Cori Lausen
Bat Week culminates on Halloween this year. It’s a fitting opportunity to recognize how important these nocturnal flying animals are to our planet. The cave-dwelling mammals have been increasingly at risk from White Nose Syndrome, or WNS, a lethal malady has been spreading westward since its first occurrence in 2006.
Barbecues and clambakes. Ice cream and berry pies. Summer is the season of food, food and more food. Is there a way to binge and still stay healthy? For answers, look far underground, say scientists, to the denizens of darkness: blind cavefish. Biologists studied blind cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, living in freshwater pools in deep caves…
This week, on National Geographic Weekend radio show we run ultramarathons through Nepal, Switzerland and Utah’s Rocky Mountains, then we save goliath, learn safety tips about the newest bacterial threat, making music with elephants, visit the world’s largest caverns, and find some secret cities.
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Bats Dying: An Epidemic A deadly disease is destroying native bat populations in North America. Unfortunately, the “white-nose syndrome,” as the disease is named, is spreading more quickly than scientists had anticipated. The white-nose syndrome is just the latest threat to the world’s bat…
Four new species of cave insects in Brazil have sex-reversed genitalia, a “completely astonishing” discovery, scientists say.
This week, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they walk from Siberia to Australia, celebrate Putin’s $51 billion Olympic bash, get to the historic bottom of Groundhog Day, cycle 11,000 miles from Norway to South Africa, spend 200 days in a year deep inside of caves, dodge the bubonic plague in Madagascar, and search for the last of Africa’s glaciers.
Next time you picture a scientist at work on a computer, skip the white-walled laboratory, and think of this instead.
First explored by western archaeologists in the 1960s, two Young Explorers tour Timor-Leste’s Lene Hara cave.
A new species of eyeless insect adapted to the darkness has been discovered in an Arizona cave, a new study says.
Join us live, Friday, February 8th at 1pm EST as NG Explorer Guillermo de Anda leads us from the jungle into a vast cavern to reveal remnants of ancient Maya civilization.
Three modern day explorers relate their adventure tackling a rare challenge: scaling huge cliffs to examine human remains dating back centuries.
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…
The January issue of National Geographic Magazine features a story about the world’s largest known cave passage, in Vietnam. The gallery of spectacular photos took off online and has been enjoyed by more than a million people. View this photo and more in the complete “Conquering an Infinite Cave” gallery. (Above photo by Carsten Peter) We…
Montignac, France–In a moment of wonder and elation 70 years ago this week, four French teenagers discovered more than just their missing dog. Lost in the woods outside the small medieval town of Montignac in Aquitaine, the pup had fallen into a small cavern in the ground. The dog was rescued and a few days…