Posts Tagged ‘wildlife’

Comments Off on National Geographic Photo of the Day : Grasshopper and Moss

(Grasshopper and Moss. Photograph by Andrey Antov, Your Shot) This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots A green grasshopper rests aboard a red mushroom boat in a sea of moss. What Makes This a Photo of the Day? I like how this is simply what it is—color and texture playing off each other […]

Comments Off on Annual Polar Bear Migration Under Way : How It Works and How Climate Change Could Be Impacting It

Melting sea ice means big changes for the world’s 20,000 polar bears. (A polar bear watches over two cubs in Hudson Bay, near the town of Churchill, Manitoba) Photograph by David Jenkins/Robert Harding/Corbis In the past month, hundreds of polar bears have strolled past a small town in Canada. It’s part of their annual migration […]

Comments Off on 6 of the World’s Most Irreplaceable Places

A new study highlights some of the world’s most critical places essential for species survival. (The hills and mountains of the Western Ghats in India. Photograph by Kalyan Varma.) A new study aims to identify the terrestrial areas that are truly irreplaceable—vital for the preservation of mammals, birds, and amphibians. Previous research and conservation efforts […]

Comments Off on Orphan Elephants Lack Social Knowledge Key for Survival

Psychological impact from loss of family structure parallels PTSD in people. (An elephant family moves through Kenya’s Amboseli National Park) Highly intelligent and social animals, African elephants depend on their sophisticated communication skills for survival in the wild. A recent study investigated the effects of culling and relocation on elephant decision-making and cognition decades later. […]

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 Indonesia Photos in National Geographic

Mount Semeru and Mount Bromo Photograph by John Stanmeyer/National Geographic Stock Some Indonesians believe that belching volcanoes such as Mount Semeru (in background) and Mount Bromo (in foreground) are portals to a subterranean world that has shaped not only Indonesia’s landscape but also its beliefs and culture. A long exposure time captured stars in this […]

Comments Off on Underwater Paradise in Papua New Guinea

A garden of delicate coral is sheltered from storms in the lee of a nearby peninsula. Kimbe’s reefs help sustain local fishermen, some of whom still rely on traditional outrigger canoes.