Posts Tagged ‘River’

Comments Off on Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #51

(Black Crowned Cranes, pict by National Geographic) Just look at the prehistoric-looking shoebill of Africa… This unique bird settled in the swamps of central and East Africa where they patented the technique of smashing their bizarre bill and head through papyrus to catch small catfish. Another example of the amazing diversity of birdlife. The birds […]

Comments Off on Did a Mega-Flood Doom Ancient American City of Cahokia?

(Clues found near the site of Cahokia (above) indicated that a flood occurred at the height of the city’s population and power.) Photograph by Ira Block, National Geographic. One thousand years ago, on a floodplain of the Mississippi River near modern-day St. Louis, the massive Native American city known today as Cahokia sprang suddenly into […]

Comments Off on Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #44

Jamaican tody nest in burrows that are excavates in muddy banks or rotten wood. (Owen Deutsch / Owen Deutsch Photography) Wild birds are descended from the time of the dinosaurs. They have seen the continents drift apart, saying goodbye to long-lost cousins as the oceans widened between them. They have managed to occupy almost all […]

Comments Off on Majestic Canada, coast to coast

When Canada’s inaugural transcontinental train trundled from Montreal into British Columbia’s Port Moody in 1886, it practically and symbolically linked the country’s east and west for the first time, triggering a golden age of “high-speed” rail travel that inspired thousands to explore the fledgling nation. Today aeroplanes have raced ahead in the speed stakes, but […]

Comments Off on Space Pictures This Week: Mercury’s Marks, Miracle Delta

1. Wind Shadow Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS/NASA Milky-colored ripples on the Atlantic Ocean trail behind the Canary Islands (map) off the west coast of Africa in this June 15 image snapped by NASA’s Terra satellite. Thanks to a vantage point 450 miles (725 kilometers) above the Earth, strange patterns caused by strong winds on […]

Comments Off on Pictures: 5 New World Heritage Sites

1. Ancient Newcomer Photograph by Cartsten Peter, National Geographic Five wild places have joined the list of 217 natural World Heritage Sites today. They include a foggy desert, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and a national park sprinkled with gorges and glaciers. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee selects places to inscribe as World Heritage […]

Comments Off on Last Song for Migrating Birds

From glue-covered sticks in Egypt hang two lives, and a question: How can we stop the slaughter of songbirds migrating across the Mediterranean? By Jonathan Franzen Photograph by David Guttenfelder In a bird market in the Mediterranean tourist town of Marsa Matruh, Egypt, I was inspecting cages crowded with wild turtledoves and quail when one […]