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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | In 2015, I took part in the first Greenland Caves expedition to Northeast Greenland. That original expedition was full of adventure; it involved flying as far as we could in a twin otter to a tiny landing strip on a sandy spit of land in the middle of nowhere. We inflated a boat and crossed a 20 km wide lake, and then hiked for three days to get to some small seemingly insignificant caves near the top of the world. At the time we didn’t know it would become a reconnaissance expedition, and would lead on to years of research. Project leader Prof. Gina Moseley collected samples of cave calcite to use to reconstruct records of past climate change. The pilot data proved highly important, and resulted in a prestigious FWF Start prize, enabling the research to continue for the next 6 years. On July 3rd, 2019, 9 people set off on an interdisciplinary expedition back to 80’N.

Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz.| The fort on Ibo Island, Mozambique, was a major conduit for slaves sold to the French sugar plantations on Mauritius and beyond. Built in 1791, it was the second most important port on the Mozambique coast for over a hundred years, but is now a sleepy tourist destination. To explore more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.

Photo by @Babaktafreshi | Stars, storm clouds, and lightning in a summer evening of the New England, in northern Maine. Swipe to see the entire view.

Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A scene from the ancient city of Petra, with Al-Khazneh seen on the right, Arabic for the Treasury, one of many facades carved into the mountains of the ancient city in Jordan. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic

Photo by @hellokrisdavidson | An elegant tree seems to lean into the setting sun against a backdrop showing the varied ecosystems of the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado; it’s a lofty perch from which to study the park’s climatic variables of temperature, precipitation, and elevation. The Montane Zone is the lowest, with meadow valleys that support the widest range of plant and animal life. Next is the Subalpine Zone, where we begin to see forested areas, which disappear again in the Alpine Tundra Zone, with its limited vegetation and gusty winds at the mountain tops. The Riparian Zone, which runs through all other elevations, is often found next to water.

Photo by @bethjwald.| Wind whips across sand dunes at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Great Sand Dunes National Park in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. I started going to hike and camp amongst these dunes before it was a National Park. During that time the dunes and other parts of the high altitude San Luis Valley were under threat from development and exploitation of water resources that help form the dunes. National park status for Sand Dunes, along with other land conservation projects in the region have helped protect this unique and fragile area and have also boosted nature-based tourism to this part of Colorado that is rich in beauty but poor in terms of income and economic opportunities. National parks make available to all the natural wonders and heritage of our country and are an intrinsic part of America and also enrich the economies of nearby communities. For more photos of our ancient and modern relationship with nature and of National Parks around the world, follow me at @bethjwald.

Photo by @PaulNicklen | The National Geographic Endeavour pounds through heavy seas en route to Antarctica, and the ocean pounds right back. The roughest seas in the world stretch 600 miles between South America and Antarctica. Our team has since crossed this body of water several times on a 50 foot sailboat, every journey as unforgettable as the one that came before it. The memories linger with me always: vomiting for days on end; the smell of diesel fuel as it spills out of the tank and into the boat; being thrown out of bed into a wall and cutting my leg open on a spare boat motor that was hanging in my room. I have nothing but respect for the captains and crews who have navigated these waters since the days of Shackleton. Follow me, @PaulNicklen to see more of my favorite images from .

Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Boats await customers along the shore of Tongli Lake. Known as the “Venice of the East,” Tongli and the surrounding areas have a vast system of canals, rivers, and lakes connected to the Grand Canal of China.

Photo by @kahliaprilphoto | For me, this is one of those places that stops you in your tracks and makes you question if it's real. As we arrived at the lake, we soaked up the sun and admired the beauty. Shortly after, a storm rolled in, blowing freshly calved icebergs from the glacier across the lake toward the shore. Berg Lake, Berg Glacier and Mount Robson, the most prominent mountain in the Rockies.

Photo by @Chrisburkard | People, myself included, often desire to travel to faraway corners of Earth to find beauty. One of my biggest takeaways from all my travels is just how diverse and beautiful the continental United States is. New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument provides a scene unlike I’ve seen anywhere else in my life. The dunes stretch as far as the eye can see in every direction and are a ghostly white color that makes you question if they’re real. You don’t always have to look too far to find unique landscapes.

Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | The wild and abstract landscape of Great Sand Dunes National Park near Alamosa, Colorado.

Photo by @daisygilardini | The main threats to Kamchatka brown bears are trophy hunting, poaching, and loss of habitat. It is estimated that between 500 to 1500 bears are poached every year in Kamchatka. Poachers are after bear parts, because of demand in China and other parts of Asia. Trophy hunting is legal and it is managed by a quota system, but it is poorly enforced. Also, overfishing for salmon and fragmentation of bears' territory are increasing problems for these mammals. They need wide territories to roam in and reproduce. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and stories behind the scene

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