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Photo by @FransLanting Happy days are back again for elephant seals on South Georgia. After the island’s massive populations of marine mammals were discovered by sealers, a slaughter began that led to the killing of millions of fur seals and elephant seals, which continued into the 20th century. But today all seals are protected, and elephant seals blanket the beaches in enormous numbers again. This young elephant seal is a “weaner.” It’s been pumped full of fatty milk by its mother for a month, and now it’s gaining strength by splashing around in shallow water before it heads offshore into the rich waters of the Southern Ocean. We are grateful for the seal recovery and hope that it can inspire the next level of protection for wildlife in the Southern Ocean. Follow me @FransLanting to see how many elephant seals and king penguins can be seen together on one beach.

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Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // An incredible Picasso-like sunset above Hueco Tanks State Park near El Paso, Texas. I learned to rock climb in Hueco Tanks way back in my university days. I have since spent a lot of time climbing at Hueco Tanks, and have scared myself silly on plenty of high ball boulder problems, but I have never again seen a sunset at Hueco to match this one. #huecotanks #huecotanksstatepark #texas #hueco

Video by @tobyharriman // Some don’t like the amount of fog that tends to cover the San Francisco Bay, but others live for it. Photographers and creatives especially, we seek these types of conditions. In my opinion, there is no better place to witness it all than from the top of Twin Peaks, giving you almost 360 degree views while showing off the city and both bridges. This evening, the fog blanketed the city just after a small rain cloud moved in over Oakland behind San Francisco. I loved the way the city lights cast a glow off the atmosphere. Music @jteveringham. #sanfrancisco #california #cities #timelapse #natgeo

Photo @pedromcbride // The grandest canyon on earth. For years, I’ve turned my lens on my backyard of the American West—following the source of the Colorado River from source to sea, and most recently hiking, climbing and fighting 800 miles through this arid, cathedral-like landscape: Grand Canyon. The architect of this canyon landscape is the Colorado River, the lifeline of the Southwest which sustains 40 million people but no longer reaches the sea. #chasingrivers #coloradoriver #grandcanyon #nature #photooftheday #publiclands

Video by @bertiegregory. A pair of black-capped donacobius call to affirm their territory. Top bird nerd fact for the day- this type of singing is known as an antiphonal duet - a behaviour few birds are capable of where two individuals or groups sing alternately at speed with great precision! Unfortunately I wasn't recording sound! Filmed in the southern Pantanal, Brazil, on assignment for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild. Follow Steve and I (@bertiegregory) for news on our jaguar film coming soon!

Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Traveling in the remote villages of southwestern China, I was delighted to see the important role that grandmothers play in the family. While parents work, the grandmothers take care of the children. Over and over I saw beautiful grannies with little ones in tow. To see more images from around the world #follow me at @cristinamittermeier. #family #baby #gratitude #grandma #china #enoughness

Photograph by @jodymacdonaldphoto // The Alaska Range is a relatively narrow, 400-mile (650-kilometer) mountain range in south-central Alaska. The mountains act as a high barrier to the northward flow of moist air from the Gulf of Alaska, and thus have some of the harshest weather in the world. The high levels of precipitation contribute to many lakes and streams like the ones seen here in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. These rivers and lakes are home to the spawning grounds for countless types of freshwater species.
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Photograph by @alextreadway // The glaciers of the Himalayan region source ten major rivers—Amu Darya, Brahmaputra, Ganges, Indus, Irrawaddy, Mekong, Salween, Tarim, Yangze, and Yellow River. Their river basins are home to 1.3 billion people, close to one-fifth of the world’s population. This is the Shyok river in the Khaplu valley in Pakistan. It is a major tributary of the Indus, which derives the vast majority of its flow from upstream glaciers.
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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Photograph by @jodymacdonaldphoto // The Alaska Range is a relatively narrow, 400-mile (650-kilometer) mountain range in south-central Alaska. The mountains act as a high barrier to the northward flow of moist air from the Gulf of Alaska, and thus have some of the harshest weather in the world. The high levels of precipitation contribute to many lakes and streams like the ones seen here in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. These rivers and lakes are home to the spawning grounds for countless types of freshwater species.
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

Photograph by @alextreadway // The Yellow River in Sichuan province is the second longest river in China—after the Yangtze—and the sixth-longest in the world at 3395 miles (5,464 kilometers). Seen here at sunrise from Hongyuan, the still water reflects the deep blue sky like a mirror. The tiny black specs on the grasslands are grazing yaks. The Yellow River is the cradle of Chinese civilization, but it’s devastating floods have also earned it the nickname, “China’s Sorrow.” 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

Photograph by @alextreadway // Inle Lake in Myanmar supports about 70,000 people, some of whom live on the waters in stilt houses and grow food in floating gardens. It contains a number of endemic fish species, nine of which are found nowhere else in the world. The floating garden beds are formed by extensive manual labor. Gathering lake-bottom weeds by boat from the deepest parts of the lake, the farmers make floating beds in their garden areas, anchored by bamboo poles. These gardens rise and fall with changes in the water level, and are resistant to flooding. The constant availability of nutrient-laden water results in the gardens being incredibly fertile.
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

Photograph by @jodymacdonaldphoto // The South Branch Trimble Glacier is one of the many glaciers in Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountains, from which meltwater feeds the isolated Strandline Lake. Glacial meltwater is created by glaciers that have receded over time, often forming lakes. The brilliantly blue lakes get their color from "rock flour," or sediment that has been transported through the rivers. This sediment comes from rocks grinding together underneath the glacier. The fine powder is then suspended in the water, absorbing and scattering varying colors that create a milky turquoise appearance.

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

Photograph by @alextreadway // A woman looks out over the holy lake of Gosaikunda at an altitude of 14,370 feet (4,380 meters) in the Langtang region of Nepal. According to Hindu mythology, Gosaikunda is home to the deity Shiva and thousands of devotees journey here each year to bathe in the blessed basins.
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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