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Photograph by @PaulNicklen taken while on assignment for @natgeo in #Antarctica // When penguin chicks head to sea for the first time, they are incredibly vulnerable as they lack the swimming skills of their parents. Leopard seals know they are weak and time their own migratory patterns to coincide with this mass exodus of chicks going to sea from the penguin colony. These Adelie chicks found themselves a moment of reprieve by hopping onto an iceberg. Then, it came down to a waiting game. As a bystander it is gut-wrenching to watch the drama unfold. The leopard seals need to eat and yet you hope for the penguins to make it out of ‘leopard seal alley’. To see the hard reality of a leopard seal eating a penguin, please #followme on @paulnicklen // With @sea_legacy @natgeopristineseas @cristinamittermeier @ladzinski @andy_mann @craigwelch #rhythmsofnature #hardreality #nature #naturelovers #instagood #love #picoftheday #photooftheday #adventure

Image by @joelsartore | Three-month-old endangered red panda twins at the @LincolnChildrensZoo in Nebraska.
Red pandas clean their fur in the mornings by licking their paws and then rubbing their fur with them, much like a cat would. They rub the parts they can’t reach, like their back, on rocks or trees. These animals are very temperature sensitive. When it’s hot out they often hang out on tree branches, dangling their limbs. When it gets cold they warm themselves by covering their faces with their huge, fluffy tails. If scared or threatened, red pandas first attempt to flee. If they can’t get away, they stand up on their hind legs, try to make themselves look larger, and use their sharp claws as defense.
We’re happy to announce the release of our children’s photo/poetry book “Animal Ark” featuring images of over 100 species photographed by @joelsartore for the Photo Ark project and poetry by @kwamealexander. Through this book we learn how each of us, no matter how big or small, is important, miraculous, and vital to this planet.
To see an image of a nine-week-old clouded leopard cub which is featured alongside these red pandas in our new children’s book, check out @joelsartore!
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Photo by @johnstanmeyer

Reception committee, at a receptive hotel outside Medan in Sumatra, Indonesia, reflective in their work.

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Video of sequenced photographs by @simonnorfolkstudio
Avalanches are common in Afghanistan’s mountainous areas in winter, and rescue efforts are frequently hampered by a lack of equipment. Each year, this year no exception, the beautiful, pristine blanket of white holds within it the possibilities of destruction and death.

Here another sequence of images from Bamyan Province in Afghanistan’s Central Highlands transitioning through seasons. From a frozen early spring through to the snows of winter, documenting the stages of flooding, irrigation, planting and harvest.

Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material.

Music: Ay Sholae Hazeen Desolate Flame used with permission.

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my frame-a kodiak brown bear through the rangefinder @ the academy of natural sciences of drexel university, philadelphia, USA by David Chancellor @chancellordavid The Kodiak brown bear is the largest of the Alaskan brown bears. Its varied diet follows the season, for example, it grazes on plants in the summer and eats salmon and berries during the late summer to fall.
Brown bears are a subgroup of the grizzly bear, but they are now only found in Alaska and isolated regions of northern Canada. They are rarely found in the lower 48 US states, but were once found as far south as Mexico and as far west as the Sierra Mountains.
Brown bears are often said to be unpredictable, but attacks on humans are rare. The few reported attacks that there are, however, are made by injured bears or females protecting or separated from their cubs. Brown bears are generally solitary creatures with no natural predators. To see more of my work and projects for @natgeo follow me here , and @chancellordavid #diorama #kodiakisland #kodiakbear #conserving #hunting #conservation #academyofnaturalsciencesatdrexel @artfuldodgersimaging @hellokiosk @francescamaffeogallery #mamiya7ii @filmsnotdead #bears @natgeo @chancellordavid

Photograph by @thomaspeschak Charles Darwin called marine iguanas 'Imps of Darkness' and was not a fan of these, as he called them 'disgusting and clumsy' lizards. I on the other hand became completely smitten with these underwater algae munching Godzilla impersonators. They quickly became my favorite underwater photo subject. Dependent exclusively on cold water marine algae, increases in sea temperature have detrimental effects on marine iguana populations. If temperatures continuo to warm, these Galapagos icons could become the first to disappear. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark @pelayosalinas and @ecuadortravel For more images you can follow photographer @thomaspeschak

Photo by @CristinaMittermeier. During a dive under the freezing waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, we came upon a tragic sight. A giant graveyard of blue whale skeletons; remnants of the slaughter that occurred here over 100 years ago. Complete skeletons of these giant whales still lie untouched in the bottom of the sea. Pre-whaling, there may have been more than 250,000 blue whales in the world. But relentlessly pursued by 20th century whaling fleets, the species was nearly exterminated before receiving worldwide protection in 1967. They are starting to recover in some parts of the world but remain absent from Antarctica. A reminder of how fragile, our marine ecosystems are. #OnAssignment for @NatGeo. With @NatGeoPristineSeas, @paulnicklen, @andy_mann, @Ladzinski, @craigwelch. *
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Photo by @lynseyaddario | A women draws water from a well in a village in the state of Maharastra, in India. Indian women often spend a large portion of their day fetching water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and latrines in their homes. Many spend hours daily walking back and forth to the nearest wells - which can be miles away, across difficult terrain.
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Photo by @randyolson | Ogallala aquifer water mining for agriculture has left families outside Clovis, New Mexico, completely dry. Buffy Berdoza's family has been carrying water in 5-gallon buckets in the back of their pickup for four years. There are 88,000 agricultural wells just across the state line in Texas that now average around 200 gallons a minute. Originally, these wells pulled around 1000 gallons a minute out of the aquifer but have depleted it to the point that some wells can barely fill a cow tank. Buffy's daughter, Jasmine (in photo above), quit her job and came home to to carry water when Buffy had health issues. Jasmine makes multiple trips to Clovis to haul water every day in twenty one 5-gallon plastic buckets in the back of a small pickup truck.
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Sponsored by @StellaArtois. Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Find out how to purchase a Stella Artois limited-edition Chalice and help end the global water crisis at natgeo.com/StellaArtois. Join Stella Artois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis. #1Chalice5Years

Photo by @randyolson | There are times when fetching water can kill you. The tribes in the Omo River valley fight over access to water and the food they can grow on its riverbanks. There are droughts where locals have to dig into riverbanks to get bits of muddy water. And recently there’s the additional threat of the Gibe III dam, which could completely choke the Omo. When the dam goes online and the river is diminished, these groups will not have the water and food they need. These are the last culturally diverse tribes in southern Ethiopia with attributes like lip-plates, bull jumping, and stick fighting. The fear is that when the Omo diminishes, Lake Turkana will dry up like the Aral Sea, which was one of the planet’s greatest environmental disasters. -
Sponsored by @StellaArtois. Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Find out how to purchase a Stella Artois limited-edition Chalice and help end the global water crisis at natgeo.com/StellaArtois. Join Stella Artois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis. #1Chalice5Years

Photo by @andreabruce | A woman gets water from a well near her home in Khost, Afghanistan. Women spend nearly half their day fetching water from wells for their families and animals.
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Sponsored by @StellaArtois. Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Find out how to purchase a Stella Artois limited-edition Chalice and help end the global water crisis at natgeo.com/StellaArtois. Join Stella Artois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis. #1Chalice5Years

Photo by @ljohnphoto | On the side of the only highway in Konso, Ethiopia, is a frequent gathering of women “scratching” for water from the sand of the once full Aroyo River. The women complain the sand dam stopped the underground flow they depend on for daily water supply but soon they will have clean and dependable water at a pump nearby. But for now it’s scratching and filling jerry cans, cup by cup.
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Sponsored by @StellaArtois. Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Find out how to purchase a Stella Artois limited-edition Chalice and help end the global water crisis at natgeo.com/StellaArtois. Join Stella Artois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis. #1Chalice5Years

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