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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Shulgan-Tash (Kapova) cave is located below the trees in the foreground, on the banks of this idyllic bend of the Belaya (Agidel) River. It lies in the Bashkortostan region of the Ural Mountains that form the divide between Europe and Asia in Russia. The mountain Sarycuskan rises up behind in a forest of beautiful silver birch trees. Last fall we followed the work of geologist Yuri Dublyansky from the University of Innsbruck to one of his field sites to better understand how he dates the ancient cave paintings inside Shulgan-Tash.
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Photo by @TimLaman | This is Waigeo Island and surrounding limestone islets, land of the red and Wilson’s birds of paradise, two of the incredible six species of birds of paradise found only in the province of West Papua, Indonesia. Right now you have a chance to make a difference for these amazing birds and all the biodiversity of Papua. As I have mentioned in some recent posts @TimLaman, the government of West Papua, Indonesia, has declared their intent to be a “conservation province” and protect 70% of their land as forest as well as protect vast marine areas. Support this cause by simply signing a petition to let the government of Papua know that we are aware of the amazing conservation leadership they are taking and wish to support and encourage them. Please go to the link in profile @BirdsofParadiseProject to sign. It will only take a minute. Thanks for your support. #ProvinsiKonservasi #WestPapua #ConservationProvince #TanahPapua Indonesia
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Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu stands on a gooseneck above the Urubamba River in southern Peru. The city was constructed around 1450 C.E. during the reign of the two great Inca emperors, Pachacutec Inca Yupanqui and Túpac Inca Yupanqui. However, the city was abandoned by the time of the Spanish conquest. It remained unknown to the outside world until archaeologist Hiram Bingham began exploration of the site in 1911. Sometimes referred to as the "Lost City" of the Inca, it was never really lost. The Inca of course always knew where it was. #Peru MachuPicchu
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Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto | During my first winter expedition in Afghanistan’s Wakhan corridor, I spent several days with Ajar’s family, resting on my trek up to the Pamir mountains. Although I am born in France, I have always been amazed to feel such familiarity in people's faces amongst the Wakhi, who live right next to the border with China. On assignment for @natgeo #persia #pamirmountains #blueeyes #wakhan #wakhancorridor #afghanistan #centralasia #paleyprints mediumformat
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Photo by @drewtrush | As these bison worked their way across the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park, I had no idea that @schwarzenegger would eventually choose this image to support his amazing after-school program @afterschoolallstars offering "free, high-quality, comprehensive after-school programs to our nation's youth. 100% of proceeds from the sale of this fantastic piece will benefit the thousands of kids we serve from Harlem to Honolulu." So thankful that it came together with @natgeofineart and the @natgeoimagecollection and that I have an opportunity to be part of it. Follow along with @drewtrush to see more wildlife and click on the link in his bio to learn more about the program and see how you can help too. #commonground publiclands
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Photo by @thomaspeschak | Beneath the glow of Arctic summer sunlight, an Atlantic puffin returns well after midnight to its nesting cliff. The absence of fish in its beak after the day’s hunt is a discouragingly common sight. As the Atlantic has warmed in recent years, sand eels, the puffin’s principal fish prey, have moved out of range to the north. Along with other threats, the change of climate has taken a heavy toll on most puffin populations across the North Atlantic. Shot #onassignment #puffin #ocean #extinction #wildlifephotography #conservationphotography nature
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Our January issues focuses on the future of medicine, and how new technology, ancient remedies, and other developments are beginning to change our health care. Genetic testing and advances in data ysis are pointing us toward an era of "precision medicine," in which we'll be able to receive treatments tailored to each of us, and new technology will allow us to monitor our health moment to moment, predict our risk of cancer, heart disease, and other ailments. We also examine how ancient Chinese medicine is being used in modern treatments. We also take a look at why the U.S. is one of only two developed countries where the rate of women dying from pregnancy has worse since 1990—and what's being done to fight the problem. And be sure to catch our feature on a Colorado woman, Susan Potter, who donated her body to science. The body was frozen, sliced 27,000 times, and photographed. Those digital images were used to create a virtual cadaver that will "live" forever as a subject for medical students to study. Cover composite by Craig Cutler (hand with chip); Samuel Sances, Cedars-Sinai (background).
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Photo by @lynseyaddario | During my career as a photojournalist I have documented maternal mortality across the developing world but for my most recent @natgeo story, ‘Giving Life Can Still Be Deadly,’ I spent several months focusing on this issue at home in the U.S. and in Somaliland. The U.S. is one of only two developed countries where the rate of women dying from pregnancy has worse since 1990. The rate of maternal deaths remains stubbornly high in the United States: about 14 deaths for every 100,000 live births. Black mothers are particularly at risk. Better basic care could help, as it has in the developing world. Pictured above, Casey Otto Hubert greets the world after he was delivered by cesarean section last June at the Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women in Houston. Loren Denise Haubelt, 30, required an emergency hysterectomy after Casey’s birth to address placenta increta, a condition in which the placenta grows into the uterine muscle.
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Photo by @hannahreyesmes | The glittering skyscrapers of Manila's central district overlook the rooftop of working-class tenements. Christmas in the Philippines marks the homecoming of Filipino overseas workers reuniting with loved ones after months, years, sometimes decades. “My friends always say that going home to the Philippines is like pulling a thorn from your skin, because you’re finally coming home,” says Bernardita Lopez, pictured by the railing. “But when you have to leave again, it’s like the thorn goes back in.” One in ten Filipinos are abroad, many of them seeking a better future for their loved ones. This image is in the current issue of @natgeo magazine, story written by @aurora_alm. Follow me @hannahreyesmes for more stories on the Philippines and beyond. #Philippines #FilipinoDiaspora family
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Photo by @joelsartore | Sensitive to changes in the environment, northern leopard frogs in the Rocky Mountain region of North America have been experiencing population declines, prompting the creation of the Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team. This team, which is dedicated to ensuring the survival of this species, has been breeding the northern leopard frog for six years–an effort that has resulted in the release of more than 7,100 frogs. In June, the Vancouver Aquarium (@vanaqua) raised and released over 1,600 tadpoles back into the wild, which was the second largest number of tadpoles produced in a single year. In recent years members of the recovery team have been able to hear adult males calling at the release site, a good indicator that the frogs are surviving the winter months and reaching ual maturity. Photo taken @thetoledozoo.
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Photo by @amytoensing | The Werk family moves their cattle on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana where their family and ancestors have worked and lived off the land for generations. Thank you, Werk family, for opening up your home. To see more images from this upcoming story for @natgeo follow my feed
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Photo by @jimmy_chin | Deep-water soloing is a form of climbing without ropes above water. @alexhonnold is footloose and free on the Musandam Peninsula in Oman. Shot on assignment for @natgeo. To see more climbing adventures around the world, follow @jimmy_chin