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Explorers Week Videos

Discovering a New Species of Early Human

Discovering a New Species of Early Human  

The National Geographic Society honors Lee Berger as the 2016 Explorer of the Year.

Exploring the Okavango Delta

Exploring the Okavango Delta  

A passionate team is committed to exploring and protecting the Okavango Delta and its vast untouched wetland

Protecting the Ocean's Last Wild Places

Protecting the Ocean's Last Wild Places  

The National Geographic Society and Enric Sala are working to find, survey, and help protect the last of the pristine seas.

See How Nat Geo Is Changing the World, One Grant at a Time

See How Nat Geo Is Changing the World, One Grant at a Time  

Learn how our more than 12,000 grants have helped change the world.


Innovations in Exploration

New technology has ushered in a whole new age of exploration, with innovative tools that allow anyone and everyone to explore… and discover. We call it citizen science, and it has a power to change the world.

Dialing 911 for Earth: Cell Phones on the Frontline of Conservation

Dialing 911 for Earth: Cell Phones on the Frontline of Conservation  

Explorers are using cellphones as valuable tools in the fight against environmental and wildlife crime.

The Underwater Revolution Is at Hand

The Underwater Revolution Is at Hand  

There’s a new way to explore the deep sea, and it’s cheaper, easier, and more accessible than ever.

Flying Robots and the Search for Lost Cities

Flying Robots and the Search for Lost Cities  

Drone technology brings engineers and archaeologists together to survey Maya sites.

Space Archaeology

Space Archaeology  

Sarah Parcak is equipping an army of citizen scientists to discover and protect ancient sites.

Photography as a Tool for Research and Exploration

Photography as a Tool for Research and Exploration  

Camera traps allow explorers to photograph endangered and elusive animals in hopes of raising awareness.

Dropcams Probe Ocean for Darkest Secrets

Dropcams Probe Ocean for Darkest Secrets  

Unmanned deep-sea technology is allowing researchers to gain insight on bioluminescence and climate change.

A Whale of a Selfie: How Tourist Photos Help Track Humpbacks

A Whale of a Selfie: How Tourist Photos Help Track Humpbacks  

A network of citizen scientists is helping researchers identify humpback whales and track their migratory patterns.

Finding Tools of Conservation in the Clouds

Finding Tools of Conservation in the Clouds  

LiDAR technology is helping explorers find hidden ancient settlements in the remote valley of Mosquitia, Honduras.

Your Adventures Can Help Scientists

Your Adventures Can Help Scientists  

Across an ocean, on top of that mountain, hikers are taking selfies. Could they also be taking ice samples?


Explorers’ Travel Hacks and Tales

Peppermint-Coconut Mosquito Repellent

Peppermint-Coconut Mosquito Repellent  

Shark researcher Jessica Cramp reveals her natural way to beat the bites.

“Getting Charged by a Hippo Was Quite Something”

“Getting Charged by a Hippo Was Quite Something”  

Adventurer and biologist Gregg Treinish practices his gift for understatement.

Think of the Unknown as Your Ally

Think of the Unknown as Your Ally  

Conservationist Asher Jay has learned that the next moment can be your greatest collaborator.

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