natgeotravel Photo by @francescolastrucci / A late afternoon view of the unusual and striking landscape of Bohol island’s Chocolate Hills in the Philippines. Covered with grass, they appear green and lush in the rainy season but brown in the dry season, when their chocolate-like colors live up to their name. The number of conical natural domes covering a vast and flat area of the island is estimated between 1,200 and 1,700. Many local legends speak of their origin, and geologists debate the process that shaped the marine limestone formations.
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natgeotravel Photo by @acacia.johnson / The remains of an old gold mine stand well preserved in Alaska's Independence Mine State Historic Park. Nestled in a high mountain valley called Hatcher Pass, this historic site draws ski enthusiasts during the winter. Groomed cross-country trails weave around the old buildings, and the surrounding mountains are popular with backcountry skiers looking for colder temperatures and more snow than the nearby city of Anchorage.
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natgeotravel Photo by @hannahreyesmorales / The little village of Batad is nestled in the rice terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras. The terraces are built by the Ifugao with respect for the land, following the contours of the mountains, keeping heritage alive for millennia. The Philippines is known for pristine beaches and turquoise waters, but the mountains up north of the Philippine archipelago fill me with just as much awe. The mountains hold lessons from our ancestors who shaped their lives with reverence for the land.
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natgeotravel Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto / Deep underground in Mulu National Park on the Malaysian part of Borneo, we find fascinating cave formations known as stalagmites and stalactites. They grow very fast in caves in this part of the world due to high amounts of rainfall in very active cave systems. When we were there, we documented an international team of researchers, led by Nele Meckler from the University of Bergen, with the aim of reconstructing tropical climate from far back in time. Using ancient dripstones as archives of past climate changes, we will study temperatures and drip water chemistry inside the caves to better understand the signals in the rocks.
natgeotravel Photo by @mattborowick / In late March a new volcano was born in Geldingadalir, Iceland. The original vent on the left stands more than a few hundred feet high but is considered relatively small in comparison to most volcanoes. It has become a pilgrimage of sorts for Icelandic residents and tourists alike, who enjoy having such a wonder of Mother Nature so close and accessible. It’s been just a month since it started and thousands are still visiting the site every day.
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natgeotravel Photo by @jimrichardsonng / The ruins of the abandoned village on St. Kilda speak of lost families and foregone dreams after people had lived here for perhaps 2,000 years. In 1930 the remaining villagers (less than 30) chose to leave. The British government sent two ships, and in one day the villagers packed up their belongings and left St. Kilda. But life is not over here. Seabirds abound and the island's Soay sheep graze the rich grass. The National Trust for Scotland looks out for the islands (and the sheep), and it has restored several of the old houses to serve as lodging for visiting work crews, which is why you see roofs on some of them. Weather and high seas make St. Kilda tough to get to, so fewer than 2,000 people visit every year.
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natgeotravel Photos by @DaisyGilardini / Two newborn polar bears chase each other during the first weeks of their lives outside the maternity den in Wapusk National Park, Canada. Those of you who have a brother or sister can probably relate to the role age plays when playing and fighting with your sibling, especially when young. There’s always a fine line between being best friends and worst enemies.
Even for polar bear cubs it can be fun to have a sibling to chase and play with in the snow. When it comes to feeding time, though, fights can be fierce and violent, even at a young age.
It’s all part of growing up and learning to survive in one of the harshest environments on Earth.
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natgeotravel Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio / This time last year I cycled around the early morning streets of London documenting the profound impact lockdown was having on the city. The Royal Exchange is the heart of London’s financial district, called simply the City. Founded in 1571, it was the main marketplace for traders in every commodity, although for a century or so the new stockbrokers were excluded for their juvenile and uncouth behavior. During the Great Plague of 1665, when the disease was thought to transmit through miasmas, huge bonfires were lit at the exchange’s doors to draw out the diseased air and dump it, presumably, onto the street and its pedestrians.
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natgeotravel Photo by @juancristobalcobo / My friend Mauricio Franco (pictured here with his dog Loba) has been living for years in Suesca, near Bogotá, Colombia. Well known for its rock formations, it is a favorite destination for climbers and tourists. Mauricio has also been promoting ways to care for this ecosystem, known as Reserva El Turpial, which is in peril of losing its delicate natural balance due to the overload of visitors. #suesca#colombia#juancristobalcobo