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Photograph by @danwintersphoto | Learning to lie is a natural stage in child development. Kang Lee, a psychologist at the University of Toronto, has explored how children become more sophisticated liars as they age. Darshan Panesar, a research assistant, and nine-year-old Amelia Tong demonstrate functional near-infrared spectro­s­copy technology, which Lee uses in his studies. Read more about the science behind our complicated relationship with the truth in the latest issue of @natgeo. #onassignment
Video by @christian_foto (Christian Rodriguez) Aerial view of the city of Quito, Ecuador. Quito formally San Francisco de Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level, it is the highest official capital city in the world, the one which is closest to the equator, and the oldest of South America. It has 2 671 191 inhabitants and 2 325 043 inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Video by @christian_foto #quito #ecuador #latinamerica
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The Monte Corona (Crown Mountain) lava tube system on the Canary island of Lanzarote must rank as one of the world’s classic lava tubes. This lava tube was formed during the eruptions of Monte Corona volcano some 3,000 - 4,500 years ago. Pictured here, an explorer walks by one of the lava tubes classic features running along the lefthand side of the tunnel. Known as a bench, it's effectively a 'tide-mark' left when the lava surface was slightly higher. Where the lava touched the wall it cooled and formed a semi-solid lining that can be anything from an inch to a foot or more thick. When the level dropped, the solidified lining remained to form a bench.
Photo by @FransLanting // California’s Big Sur coast has been hailed as "the greatest meeting place of land and sea” by poet Robinson Jeffers. His classic metaphor inspired me to capture this image as an interplay between land, sea, and sky after overnight rain had drenched the coast and dawn broke in a glorious spectacle. Follow me @FransLanting for more scenes from the California coast. @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #NaturePhotography #Beauty #Nature #BigSur #awesome #picoftheday
Video by @renan_ozturk // A real-time video capture of a pulse of Northern Lights in Iceland. What you're hearing in the audio is the reaction that @taylorfreesolo @burkgnar and the team of surfers and filmmakers were having when this burst suddenly erupted above us like a swirling tide-pool of water. Seeing people's reactions to the sheer wonder of our planet inspires me to keep creating images that can create positive change and understanding. #underanarcticsky #northernlights
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier. The top of unnamed mountains peeks through the lifting fog as the Arctic day begins. The continuous dance between forming ice and breaking ice, creates these whimsical patterns on the sea ice. Honoring the #sea_legacy is the best way to make sure the beauty of this fragile ecosystem lives on. With @PaulNicklen @johanna.c.dominguez @_tomconlin and @SamKretch for @sea_legacy. For #MorePhotos from this expedition to document the beauty of the Arctic #Follow me at @CristinaMittermeier @natgeocreative #beauty #nature #honorparis #love #gratitude #stopclimatechange
Photograph by @thomaspeschak Marine scientist @pelayosalinas uses a diver underwater stereo video (DUV) system to survey shark populations in the waters off Darwin's Arch. This northern corner of the Galápagos Islands is home to the greatest abundance of sharks anywhere on the planet. Dr. Salinas most recent research for the @saveourseasfoundation is focused on the impact of climate change on the sharks of the Galápagos. Check out the June 2017 issue of @natgeo magazine for my story on Galápagos and climate change. In collaboration with #galapagosnationalpark #paulmangellfoundation #darwinfound To see photographs of Galápagos's incredible shark populations follow @natgeo photographer @thomaspeschak
Video by @bertiegregory. A wild water buffalo rises from a feeding dive in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Don't mess with this guy! Shot during a leopard project for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @Stevewinterphoto. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Photo by @petekmuller. Members of the National Geographic @intotheokavango river expedition team paddle dugout canoes, known as mokoros, along the #Cubango River in Angola. The upper reaches of the river are narrow and wind tightly through highland savannah. Each night, the temperature plummets to near freezing, leaving frost on our tents and mist above the river. By midday, however, temperatures climb into the high 80s (30 Celsius) and the sun shines powerfully. The river-based team moves camp each night and carries with them all the camping and scientific equipment that they require. Setting up and taking down camp accounts for a considerable part of the day's activities. In the coming weeks, the team will traverse every navigable meter of the #Cubango in order to conduct a comprehensive biodiversity and water quality assessment. More to come. #cubango2017 #intotheokavango #science #angola #Africa #nature #wild #adventure
@natgeo @stevewinterphoto I've been photographing and filming cheetahs with my assistant @alexbraczkowski in the southwestern grasslands of South Africa this week. New research led by Sarah Durant and colleagues suggests there may be as few as ~7100 cheetahs left in Africa, and that if their populations are to survive, they need good protection inside national parks to offset losses in community areas where they clash with farmers! Did you know that cheetahs have good hunting success! These two males along with one other female ate 80 blesbuck, nearly 100 springbuck and some hartebeest calves in just five months! National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop conflict between big cats and livestock and they even monitor big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy! Follow me @stevewinterphoto @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NatGeoCreative #onassignment #fursforlife #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty @africanparksnetwork">#leopard @africanparksnetwork #wildaid #BCI #bigcatsintiative @projetooncafari">#startwith1thing @projetooncafari @refugioecologicocaiman @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris #canonusa @africanparksnetwork">#redcine @africanparksnetwork @leonardodicaprio">#ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia
Photograph by @paulnicklen // A fractured seascape. Spring ice breaks up along the coast of Svalbard, Norway. For many, they simply see ice and only ice. For others, they see the foundation of the entire Arctic food chain. Ice is a platform for ringed and bearded seals; it is a super highway for polar bears and Arctic foxes; it is an upside down garden for phytoplankton, amphipods, copepods and polar cod. When scientists talk about the Arctic being completely void of sea ice during the summer months in the near future, it should be an alarm bell that rings loudly in all of our ears. #followme on @paulnicklen to learn more about the causes and solutions for climate change. For @sea_legacy Thank you for your eagle eyes @jens_wikstrom_photography #ice #nature #photooftheday #climatechangeisreal
sitting on the back of the truck with the wildlife vet, and a very relaxed Livingstone Eland. Limpopo, South Africa by David Chancellor @chancellordavid Found in Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Elands live in both steppe and sparse forests. They are also found in semidesert areas and at elevations up to 14400 ft. Eland males are much larger than females, weighing 400-1000 kg compared to 300-600 kg for females. Eland have a distinctive dewlap which is thought to be an adaptation for heat dissipation, hanging from the throat and neck. Heavy horns are twisted in a corkscrew fashion and grow up to 4 ft. long on males, 2.2 ft. long on females. Herds usually number up to 25 individuals, although larger temporary aggregations of females and calves occur during the wet season. There may be more than one adult male in a herd, but there is a strict dominance hierarchy that controls access to breeding females. Home ranges of females, which make extensive movements during the wet season, are much greater than those of males. The diet of elands consist of grasses, herbs, tree leaves, bushes, and succulent fruits. They generally forage in open areas. Water is consumed voraciously when available, but elands can abstain from drinking in dry seasons. From new work and projects @chancellordavid @natgeo