Alyson Foster

The thirty-three founders of the National Geographic Society were an adventurous and accomplished group.  They included scientists, explorers, a journalist and a superintendent of the National Zoo.  In recognition of the National Geographic Society’s recent 130th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. By Mark Collins Jenkins On August 27, 1870, a young,…

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This month marks the anniversary of the fall of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan—modern-day Mexico City—to the Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés in 1521.  Cortés’ journey from Veracruz to Tenochtitlan was a winding route through tropical and mountainous terrain that took the Spaniards across more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) and changed the course of history. Over…

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National Geographic magazine’s 125th anniversary issue is out on newsstands this month. As we take a look back at our legacy so far, here are just a few of the ways that National Geographic has changed the world.  1. Standing up for endangered wildlife. National Geographic‘s articles have featured plenty of endangered species, but the…

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National Geographic magazine’s 125th anniversary issue is out on newsstands this month. As we take a look back at our legacy so far, here are just a few of the ways that National Geographic has changed the world.  1. Standing up for endangered wildlife. National Geographic‘s articles have featured plenty of endangered species, but the…

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  Forests in the eastern United States have become less green over the past decade.  That’s what scientists at NASA have concluded after analyzing a series of satellite images compiled between 2000 and 2010.  The scientists reviewed monthly images taken by NASA’s Terra satellite in four regions – the Upper Great Lakes, southern Appalachian, mid-Atlantic,…

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