Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // Scientists are dwarfed by giant ice formations towering above them inside Schwarzmooskogel Eishöhle in Austria. Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists from the University of Innsbruck are working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice.
Photo by @kiliiiyuyan // Lynx Vilden is the leader of a movement of 21st century hunter-gatherers that works to rediscover the traditional living skills of the Paleolithic. The 40yr-old movement is unified by the ambition to leave modernity and return to primitive living. Here she looks out over a ridge covered in the smoke of wildfires during a hunting foray in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Follow me @kiliiiyuyan, for more on the relationship between humans and the natural world. #primitiveskills#paleo#survival
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”Forty years ago, Dian Fossey and the world were devastated when a family of mountain gorillas — named Group 4 — was decimated by poachers. Group 4 was the very first group of gorillas to be studied by Dr. Fossey after she established the Karisoke Research Center and included individuals like Uncle Bert, who she named after her own uncle, and Digit, the first gorilla to accept her presence.” Over the course of 1978, four gorillas in Group 4 were killed by poachers and another three died as a result of the group’s disruption. By December of that year, only three of the original 11 group members remained together.
With her beloved Group 4 destroyed, and the mountain gorilla population headed toward a low point of only about 240 individuals, Fossey feared the species would go extinct before the year 2000.
Instead, today, due to the intensive protection efforts Fossey initiated, mountain gorillas have reached a new historic milestone: their numbers have gradually increased over the past 30 years, and are up from 240 to 604, based on the latest census. (Another separate population of 400 individuals bring the total number of mountain gorillas to just over 1,000). I photographed this magnificent mountain gorilla in the Volcanos National Park, Rwanda.
Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to experience a clear night near the Nyiragongo stratovolcano situated in the Virunga Mountains in Congo DR. Quotes from @savinggorillas#dianfosseygorillafundinternational#protectbiodiversity#mountaingorilla#mattiasklum@irisalexandrov@natgeotravel@natgeo@alexandrovklumofficial
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Photo by @kevinfaingnaert // Two local women heading out for rice harvesting early in the morning near Tu Le town in the North West of #Vietnam
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Photo @ladzinski / High winds stretching the clouds into lenticular formations at sunset over #TorresDelPaine‘s iconic Los Cuerno peaks. Notoriously one of the most windy places on earth, this is a landscape that has been carved out over hard years of wind, weather and time. To see more photos of this beautiful part of the world please visit @ladzinski
Photo: @andy_mann // A portal to another world. Bay of Islands, NZ is home to more than 140 subtropical islands next to the country’s North Island. It’s known for its undeveloped beaches, wild rock arches and rich marine life. Please join me @andy_mann for travel tips and images of wild unknown destinations. 🌎
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The World at Night (TWAN)
Wish you clear skies this Sunday night to Monday morning. A Lunar Eclipse happens on January 20-21, with about an hour of totality visible on Sunday evening (west coast) and near midnight (east coast) from both South & North America, the entire Atlantic, and in the morning sky of Monday 21st near moonset in Europe (better in western & northern most), a good part of Africa, Russia, and Middle East (in an open western horizon before sunrise). The Hawaiian Islands will also see the eclipsed moon rising at dusk on Sunday.
These two telephoto images are of 2011 and 2016 eclipses. The first time I saw this beauty as a teenager in the 1992 lunar eclipse, it introduced me to astrophotography, the career I followed through the years with love for stars and protection of natural night skies. Explore more @babaktafreshi.#lunareclipse#twanight#bloodmoon#astrophotography#stargazing@natgeoimagecollection
Photo by @kengeiger | The Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE is truly stunning. It took 11 years to build. It is a little over an hour from Dubai, and well worth the the drive. Tours and entry are free. There is a dress code, per Islamic tradition. Follow @kengeiger for more images of the #middleeast and #africa. @natgeoexpeditions#abudhabi#uae
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