Travel along on a record-breaking descent to the deepest spot in the ocean.
Divers wrangle a 3-D camera while filming a test in the New Britain Trench off Papua New Guinea. The sub bristles with lights, cameras, and scientific equipment. Image © Mark Thiessen/National Geographic
Ancient hunters killed woolly mammoths for their meat. Today in Russia’s Arctic the search is on for their valuable tusks. After being frozen for thousands of years in a Siberian riverbed, this pristine mammoth tusk is a financial boon to the hunter who found it. Image © Evgenia Arbugaeva/National Geographic
Unmanned aircraft have proved their prowess against al Qaeda. Now they’re poised to take off on the home front. Possible missions: patrolling borders, tracking perps, dusting crops. And maybe watching us all? With eight arms spanning less than a yard, a German MikroKopter provides a stable camera platform for under $5,000. Image © Joe McNally /National Geographic
They were 31 men at the bottom of the world exploring uncharted territory. What followed was one of the most terrifying survival stories of all time.
Bred for strength and endurance, with thick fur to prevent frostbite, Greenland huskies pull a sledge on the ice early in the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Of 38 dogs that began the expedition, only two survived to return home. Photograph courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales/National Geographic
Ever since our species left Africa some 60,000 years ago, the urge to push beyond what’s known—to discover new lands and opportunities—has shaped human culture. And that impulse is still strong.
As we celebrate the National Geographic Society’s 125th anniversary, we’re kicking off a year of stories about the new age of exploration.
Cory Richards and his two fellow climbers endured hurricane-force winds and temperatures of minus 50°F as they struggled to reach the summit of Gasherbrum II. Photo by Cory Richards/National Geographic
Central America’s Mesoamerican Reef is half the length of its famous Australian counterpart but in many ways more remarkable. A Caribbean reef shark samples a Pacific lionfish at Cordelia Banks in Honduras. A few spiny lionfish escaped from an aquarium 20 years ago, and today they’re a plague, preying on the reef’s fish population. Scientists are helping sharks acquire a taste for the invaders by feeding them speared lionfish. Image © Brian Skerry/National Geographic Larger image
Cliffside caves in the former kingdom of Mustang are giving up their secrets.
To reach a series of caves dug into a cliff 155 feet above the valley floor, Matt Segal scales a rock face so fragile it often breaks off to the touch. Linked by a ledge, the 800-year-old caves, empty now, may once have stored manuscripts. Image © Cory Richards/National Geographic Larger image