‘Aleksander the Great’ Wins ‘Adventurer of the Year’

SPORTS At 67 years old, a Polish kayaker completed the longest open-water kayaking expedition across the Atlantic in history—and won the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. (National Geographic Adventure) “If 67-years-young can do it, you can do it, too.” Get started with some great ideas for outdoor activities. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit—including today’s MapMaker … Continue reading ‘Aleksander the Great’ Wins ‘Adventurer of the Year’

#tbt: Danzig and the Beginnings of World War II

The 75th Anniversary of Germany’s Invasion of Poland By Michael Fry Senior Map Librarian, National Geographic Library For many armchair historians, Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland evokes powerful imagery: waves of German infantry pouring into Poland; the Luftwaffe’s shrieking Stuka dive bombers; Panzer divisions streaking across the Polish plain. Germany’s blitzkrieg tactic was indeed impressive—Adolf Hitler had modernized Germany’s military more quickly than his European … Continue reading #tbt: Danzig and the Beginnings of World War II

Five for Friday: Recap of April

In the month of April, there were several events that captured the world’s attention. Here are a few small glimpses that you might remember.  Iceland:The recent eruption of the Eyjafallajokull volcano in Iceland proved, once again, that nature can have powerful impacts on the day-to-day lives of people around the world. The eruption delayed weddings, business arrangements, and travel plans of thousands of people from … Continue reading Five for Friday: Recap of April