Caroline Gerdes

  If you’re lost in the New Orleans Ninth Ward, asking for directions may not be helpful.  Locals have some interesting pronunciations for the street names. In actuality, Ninth Warders’ intonations are more correct than visitors’.  As a community founded by majority French and German immigrants, the French street names have kept their original pronunciations….

Changing Planet

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  It would be impossible to study the Ninth Ward without visiting the community and understanding some of the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina; for example, abandoned buildings, overgrown shrubbery and, most notably, the spray painted “X” markings on homes.  With the seventh anniversary of Katrina at the end of the month, it is important…

Changing Planet

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It’s no secret that a lot of Louisiana’s famous dishes hail from France. But when the recipes immigrated to Louisiana, a lot of them assimilated to delta terrain. Pralines are a perfect example of such adaptation.  This French confection of sugar and nuts was originally created with almonds. When the dish settled in America, by…

Changing Planet

Here I am, about two months from starting my expedition as a National Geographic Young Explorers Grantee.  Most adventurers would be rushing to get passports, eco-friendly bug repellents and whatever you call those ropes that keep you from plummeting off the mountain you’re scaling.  Luckily, I don’t have to worry about visas or carabiners, because…

Human Journey

By Caroline Gerdes   While famous figures continue to make discoveries and lead thrilling expeditions, a new group of National Geographic Young Explorers are laying the foundations for the future. “An initial grant from National Geographic helped launch the careers of many of the Society’s, and our planet’s, most renowned explorers,” said Rebecca Martin, Director…

Wildlife

Photographer Stephanie Sinclair and writer Cynthia Gorney—in the June 2011 issue of National Geographic—investigated the underground world of prearranged child marriage, where girls as young as five are forced to wed. In conversation with Jon Sawyer of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, they will share images and stories of a practice that spans continents…

Human Journey