This week, we learned …
These cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) are swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.
Photograph by Dorothy Birch, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
Use our activity to explore the concept of place in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Literal spoiler: Dead turtles.
Photograph by Michael Nichols, National Geographic
Some cartographers can map their city’s stink!
These students are studying German at a refugee shelter in Berlin.
Photograph by Robin Hammond, National Geographic
What is life like in a refugee camp?
This graphic depicts how grizzlies are adaptable omnivores and less vulnerable to invasive species and climate change.
Illustration by Monica Serrano, National Geographic
Learn about the Nat Geo explorers who “helped save grizzly bears from extinction in the lower 48 states” while also bringing “the ecosystem concept to the fore of conservation.”
Amelia Earhart smiles at the controls of her modified Lockheed Electra aircraft—the very plane history buffs are searching for.
Photograph by Acme Newspictures, courtesy Library of Congress
Where are they looking?
The turquoise swirls are not the brushstrokes of a painting; they indicate the presence of phytoplankton, which trace the flow of water currents and eddies.
Photograph by NASA
What is plankton?
Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen is a bicyclist’s best friend.
Photograph by heb, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
How do Europeans use pedal power?
Securing more opportunities for Afghanistan’s women and girls became a thread stitching through many U.S. policy decisions. Here, U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Brandy Bates stops to talk with Afghan children and their father during a foot patrol through the village of Tughay, in Helmand province.
Photograph by Corporal Meredith Brown, U.S. Marine Corps, courtesy Wikimedia
What do service members think the war in Afghanistan accomplished?
We love this picture of an Innu family in their canoe, about 1941.
Photograph by Paul Provencher, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain
What traditional culture do the Innu belong to?
These beautiful emerald eggs are those of red-winged blackbirds in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Delta.
Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic
Why are some birds losing the ability to fly, no matter what their egg shape?
… the World Taxidermy Championships are awesome.