This week, we learned …
Easter Island has long been used as an example of ecocide, in which residents exhausted the island’s resources and suffered a population collapse. The collapse didn’t actually happen until Easter Islanders met the guns, germs, and steel of European visitors.
Photograph by Randy Olson, National Geographic
Who are the most famous residents of Easter Island?
Is the North American West Coast prone to earthquakes?
The new research was inspired by a citizen science question on #layeredlatte Instagram.
Photograph by Jesse Sutton
What are the layers in the deep blue sea?
Photograph by Selena N.B.H., courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0
What are bar mitzvahs? (Page 48!)
In the 1600s, deaf servants were the favored companions of the sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and their facility in nonverbal communication made them indispensable to the court.
Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic
Where was the Ottoman Empire?
Download this spectacular Nat Geo map to understand “California’s Water Challenge” and how droughts can impact entire regions.
Map by National Geographic
What was California’s “megadrought”?
When 17th-century Japanese princess Shinanomiya Tsuneko took note of an afternoon storm in her diary one humid Kyoto summer, she could not have imagined her observations would one day help resolve a longstanding scientific conundrum.
Woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai. Public domain
What is lightning?
Individuals representing a broad spectrum of gender identities and expressions pose for a group portrait. Photograph by Henry Leutwyler, National Geographic.
How are other e-commerce giants managed?
The great poet Ovid was exiled from Rome for unspecified offenses in 8 CE.
Painting by Luca Signorelli, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain
What were the limits to citizenship in Ancient Rome?
Image by George Stock, courtesy the Central Intelligence Agency
Learn a little about Project Blue Book—the government program to study UFOs.
Download and print your own map of this coastal African nation here.