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Photos by / The Murov mountain pass to Kalbajar was the only route available for thousands of Azerbaijani civilians fleeing war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region in 1993. Many had to walk and froze to death on the way. It took Mubariz and his father a week to walk through these mountains before they reached safety. Occupied by Armenian forces for 27 years, the Kalbajar district was handed back to Azerbaijan in November 2020, after the latest flare-up between the two countries ended with a peace deal brokered by Russia. Nearly three decades since his family fled the first Karabakh war, Mubariz took his daughter to visit their village in Kalbajar. He broke down in tears when he found his childhood home in ruins. #nagornokarabakh #azerbaijan #armenia #war #refugees Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
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Hi! I'm Jay Bennett, a science editor at Nat Geo. If you haven't heard, NASA's newest rover named Perseverance just landed on Mars. Become the Perseverance rover to search for ancient signs of life and see its first panoramic view of the red planet. Then, switch to selfie mode and share videos of yourself using the laser beam attached to the rover's head. #perseverance
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Photo by / On this dark night, at an elevation of 2,000 meters (6,000 ft) on La Palma, in the Canary Islands, I felt like I walked into a science fiction scene. The setting moon shone on the very top of a massive caldera. Standing on the edge of a pitch-black drop-off, the giant flowers in full bloom looked otherworldly. They are Echium wildpretii, or Tajinaste in Spanish, reaching one to three meters (yards) high. Light from the nearby island of Tenerife glows on the horizon. Explore from the Earth and the universe with me . #twanight #earth #nightsky #canaryislands
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Photo by / Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Using the power of science and storytelling, National Geographic Pristine Seas partners with local communities to support the creation of marine protected areas around the globe. In the past 12 years, we have helped to protect over six million square kilometers of ocean in 23 marine reserves. To learn more about Pristine Seas, follow .
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Photo by / At Rose Asha's plot in the Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda, batteries are connected to solar panels, giving the family indoor light at night. From a window, it illuminates the plot behind their house, usually filled with grasshoppers and glowworms. This is the only time each day that the 34-year-old mother of five takes a break. After making sure all her children are fed and put to sleep, she takes to a mat on the ground and simply watches the sky.
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Photo by / A snowy morning on the Gila River, just outside the Gila Wilderness in southern New Mexico. The Gila Wilderness, the first ever designated wilderness area in the United States, encompasses 870 square miles (2,250 sq km) of desert, grasslands, pinyon and pine forests, 10,000-foot (3,000m) mountain ranges, and walls of red canyons lining the Gila River—the largest still undammed river in the American West. This past November, I began working on a story about the Gila Wilderness and the people who call this land home.
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Photo Trevor Frost / Baby spider monkeys are one of the most common animals in the illegal wildlife trade in Peru's southeastern Amazon. Typically they're found living with humans as pets, because hunters shot their mothers for meat. Monkeys are notoriously difficult to care for, and like humans they require strong social bonds to live happy, healthy lives. Luckily, MJ was rescued by Peruvian nonprofit and later transferred to a rescue center with a group of spider monkeys, where she could make friends and learn skills for living in the wild. To see more photos of MJ, head over to .
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Photo by / A lone skier flies down a blue run (suitable for intermediates) at Park City Mountain in Utah. Despite nationwide closures and travel bans throughout the U.S., most states' ski resorts remain open for the season, with social distancing and face-covering requirements in place. For more stories from around the world follow .
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Photo by Stephen Alvarez / An engraved jaguar at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site north of Tularosa, New Mexico. Three Rivers stands out for its more than 21,000 individual Jornada Mogollon–style rock art engravings. The Mogollon culture flourished in southwest North America from the year 200 until 1450. The culture is known for the visual sophistication of its artwork. This image is part of my work for the nonprofit . We share and preserve humanity's oldest stories.
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Photo by / As part of a long-term project on malaria, I photographed the violent storms that announce the beginning of the rainy season in Namentenga, Burkina Faso. During the season, the number of malaria cases multiply by three. Follow me on for more human stories around the world.
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Photo by / A young man in Yangon, Myanmar, checks his phone against the backdrop of the Yangon River in 2017. Myanmar just experienced a military coup, but the youth of this country are out in the streets leading unprecedented protests. #myanmar #burma #yangonriver #youthspirit #mobilephone
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Photo by Robbie Shone / Members of the Perovo-Speleo caving team from Moscow, deep underground, four days away from the entrance of Veryovkina (the deepest known cave in the world). Natasha Sizikova leads Roman Zverev along a short traverse above a series of pools of water below. Along this sump bypass passage, there were many small pools of water we needed to climb around. A week later, during the flood pulse that suddenly plummeted into these chambers, all of this gallery completely filled up with water and was totally submerged.