National Geographic has been producing thematic maps for decades, revealing not just physical features but also location-based details on cultures, history, wildlife, science, and more.
The National Geographic maps can be found in their own section of Google Maps Gallery, which launched officially on February 27.
Examples include a detailed map of Civil War battles, a classic Africa wall map, a map of adventure activities in the Dominican Republic, and a map that shows comparative information about the two Koreas. Biasi adds that the maps can be embedded into other web pages or apps, and that Google may add an e-commerce element so that people can pay to download high-resolution versions of the maps.
This expedition forms part of National Geographic Fellow Enric Sala‘s research to establish baselines of ocean health. The Alcyone will set an easterly course from Marseille to the Scandola Nature Reserve in Corsica, on to Spain’s Medes Islands, and finally to Cabrera National Park south of Mallorca. The expedition, which will be filmed for a National Geographic Channel documentary, aims to assess current science about the health of the Mediterranean, including the abundance of large fish and precious red coral, which have been exploited for millennia.
Alcyone’s logo depicts the second daughter of the Greek god of the wind, Aeolus, resurrected as a kingfisher bird, or halcyon, and as a star in the Pleiades constellation. The expedition is supported by International Watch Company, the Waitt Family Foundation, and the National Geographic Society.
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Society Field Inspection 2016: Gulf of CaliforniaDescribed by Jacques Cousteau as the "aquarium of the world," the Gulf of California in Mexico is threatened by coastal development, climate change, and other human activities.
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Two years after being discovered deep in a South African cave, the 1,500 fossils excavated during the Rising Star Expedition have been identified as belonging to a previously unknown early human relative that National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger and team have named Homo naledi.
With at least 15 individuals of all ages and both sexes represented, the find adds an unprecedented amount of information to our understanding of early human evolution in Africa. In addition, the absence of any other animal remains or large debris in the fossil chamber strongly suggests that these non-human beings intentionally deposited their dead within this cave.
BANABA ISLAND, Kiribati—Asbestos dust covers the floors of Banaba’s crumbling colonial houses, buildings, and schools.
Tiger numbers and poaching of the big cats are harder to detect, Dhakal said, because poachers take the entire carcass to sell body parts for various traditional medical uses. Latest estimates put the number of wild tigers in Nepal at 198, up from 121 in 2010–a rare success story in the fight to preserve the Critically Endangered big cat.


In the country’s Bardia National Park, “there used to be a lot of hunting for subsistence, so prey numbers had gone down, so those communities were brought under buffer zone management system,” Malla said. Tiger range countries have met every four years since 2010 for a “stock taking” exercise, which is funded by the Global Tiger Initiative. A global estimate put numbers at a mere 3,200 in 2010, down from over 100,000 a century ago. We'll look for answers and post them here, along with regular updates about the science and conservation status of felids. National Geographic supports scientific research of lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, and other big cats with a view to finding viable ways to protect them in their natural habitat. Death is always near, and teamwork is essential on the Serengeti—even for a magnificent, dark-maned male known as C-Boy.
Go behind the scenes of recent National Geographic coverage of some of the world's top predators. Now, a treasure trove of more than 500 of those maps are available online in a new service from Google Maps.
This includes reference maps, wall maps, National Geographic magazine supplement maps, and other creations from over the years, all laid on top of the relevant Google basemaps. But about one in five people still lack access to affordable modern electricity for lighting or heating. The journey begins just one week before the June 11th centennial of Cousteau’s birth. Sala and Cousteau will report findings to national and community leaders, as well as online via National Geographic and The Cousteau Society throughout 2010. During the expedition, the team will post some of its findings, images, and video here on NatGeo News Watch, on National Geographic BlogWild, and on the National Geographic Ocean site.
Posters and commenters are required to observe National Geographic's community rules and other terms of service. To learn firsthand what's going on in and around this marine treasure of global importance, the National Geographic Society sent its top scientists and officials to the region in January 2016.
Years of war and subsequent reorientation of the state, left vulnerable the nation’s rich fauna and in particular its tigers to the rampant poaching that has decimated wildlife populations across Asia. This and “other financial incentives have built trust and partnership with communities.” The additional incentives incude relatively high compensation rates for attacks on humans or livestock by tigers. Increased numbers of tigers has inevitably meant increased conflict with the increasing numbers of humans. There are 38 species of felids, ranging from the seven-pound tabby in your lap to 500-pound Siberian tigers—with cheetahs, leopards, ocelots, and other striped and spotted cats in between. We'll also share National Geographic articles, videos, and behind-the-scenes features and keep you up to date on our Big Cats Initiative work to help big cats hang on in the wild.


Bloggers and commenters are required to observe National Geographic's community rules and other terms of service. Combining the resources of National Geographic and the Cincinnati Zoo, and drawing on the skills of an incredible crew, we documented these amazing cats in a way that’s never been done before. Two times that number, about three billion people, still heat and cook with fuels like wood, dung, coal, or charcoal. They toured the desert islands off the southeastern coast of the Baja Peninsula and they listened to presentations by more than a dozen experts, including several whose Baja California research is funded by the Society. While Nepal’s politicians bickered, fears rose for its iconic tiger, one of its most majestic animals. The population [in Nepal] was a total of 121, [we] realized it had gone down dramatically,” said Sabita Malla, from WWF Nepal, on the sidelines of a recent global tiger conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh. For instance, Nepal and neighboring India have seen success in intelligence-sharing regarding poaching in the respective countries. These people suffer ill health, including some two million annual deaths, from bad air quality caused by burning such fuels in poorly ventilated buildings.The lack of access to modern energy, particularly acute in parts of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, is a serious hurdle to all types of sustainable development. In a world that has undergone so many changes, these images are today a treasure, a unique testimony of the historical evolution of the oceans under constant human impact.
But it also means that by perhaps 2050 we'll need double the energy that we use today."Benson stressed that meeting this enormous demand will require new ways of thinking about energy. And the resources underpinning this enormous, complex system—fossil fuels—won't allow us to meet demand by simply doubling today's existing system. We need to bring on new energy resources," she said.Seeking SolutionsPart of the problem is that much of the world's reserve of cheap and easily accessible fossil fuels has already been burned. Growth in renewable energy sources also has her even more excited for the future."There's been enormous progress in solar and wind," Benson explained. In certain circumstances they are cost-competitive today, when located in the right places."Benson believes that the historic knock on renewables, their excessive cost, is becoming less of an issue. The remaining challenge, she said, is creating a renewable-heavy system that can deliver the kind of "always on" energy required in today's world.
Industrialized countries produce some 60 percent of the world's greenhouse emissions, the major contributor to anthropogenic-driven climate change. This impact may be eased with a shift away from fossil fuels to less carbon-intensive sources of energy—and by simply using energy more wisely."There are huge opportunities throughout the developed world to reduce energy use by more efficient transportation, and more efficient heating and cooling," Benson said. The initiative also strives to double the efficiency of energy use around the world, and double the contribution of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030—two vital keys to creating a sustainable future for our increasingly energy-hungry world.



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