Category Archives: National Geographic magazine

On Everest, It Is Always the Wind

The man with three dreams: going on expedition with Admiral Byrd, working for National Geographic, and climbing Everest…Listen to an excerpt. It’s climbing season on Mt. Everest, so let’s take a look back at one of the pioneers of that … Continue reading

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Handyman, Camp Cook…Takes Good Pictures Too

An expert lab man and genius at improvising in the field, Richard Hewitt Stewart exemplified many of the qualities associated with National Geographic photographers. During his 42 years on staff, he continually had to produce high-quality images under the most … Continue reading

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Our History Is Our Strength: A Tribute to Helen Churchill Candee

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Laura Newcomer chronicles the life of Helen Churchill (Hungerford) Candee (10/5/1858 – 8/23/1949), a world traveler, journalist, women’s rights activist, and contributor to National Geographic Magazine. “If I fail to obtain the house of … Continue reading

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The Recent Earthquake Wave on the Coast of Japan

Eerily reminiscent of recent headlines, this one is actually from the September 1896 National Geographic Magazine concerning a tsunami that also struck Sanriku and killed over 27,000 people. A story featured on NPR today cites this article with introducing the … Continue reading

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Does Love Conquer All? Last Known Photograph Sparks Hope for Future

By Laura Newcomer Described by researchers in 1852, photographed once in 1959, and not seen since— this 52-year-old photo in National Geographic provides the only evidence of the existence of a rare species of sea slug published in more than … Continue reading

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Librarian at NGS: Nice Work If You Can Get It

What do National Geographic librarians do, you ask? Among other things, we help track down interesting facts like the ones used in this new video for the “Population 7-Billion” series. It makes for a satisfying day’s work. Among the fascinating … Continue reading

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The Panama Canal and a “Staunch Little Craft” of Polar Exploration

Looking back at this month’s issue of National Geographic from 100 years ago gives us a window into what was then one of the major undertakings of the modern world. “The Panama Canal,” illustrated with 48 photographs, takes up over … Continue reading

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The NGS & Egypt

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Upheaval in Egypt continues to dominate the news, and while most of it naturally centers on political and social change, there are also fears for Egypt’s priceless cultural heritage. Throughout the Society’s history we have maintained an abiding interest in … Continue reading

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More Amazing Caves

The January National Geographic magazine featured a story on a Vietnamese cave, possibly the largest in the world, which has its own jungle and could hold a skyscraper. There are plenty more amazing caves out there, with toxic gases, deadly heat, and … Continue reading

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NG Revisited: Southern Sudan’s Referendum on Independence

Sudan, most publicly Darfur, has been mired in decades of civil war, genocide, and conflict. Revenues from oil produced in the south but controlled in the north are an incendiary issue and many fear the strategic border region of Abyei … Continue reading

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