National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Magazine

July 2021

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how hair proclaims culture

There’s meaning beyond the beauty of Nigerian hairstyles, as shown by photographers from two eras. VOL. 240 NO. 1 There’s meaning beyond the beauty of Nigerian hairstyles, as shown by photographers from two eras.…

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aiming high

TO THE TOP This vertiginous ladder makes up a section of the Grosser Donnerkogel via ferrata. Italian for “iron way,” a via ferrata is a path built into a mountain’s rock face, with fixtures, such as metal rungs, that follow a secured cable. The term gained popularity after mountaineers appropriated the network built across Italy’s Dolomites during World War I to assist soldiers navigating high altitudes. Now these paths allow climbers without advanced technical skills to access exceptional vistas and summits. ROOTS OF THE ROUTE The first via ferrata was installed in 1843 on Austria’s Hoher Dachstein mountain by geographer and alpinist Friedrich Simony. Today’s paths, which have climbers clip into the cable using two safety carabiners, draw outdoor adventurers. Of the Donnerkogel route, which typically takes about three hours to complete, photographer…

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buried in history

Some of Europe’s richest fossil deposits—as well as the Can Mata landfill—can be found in Catalonia’s Vallès-Penedès Basin. For millions of years during the Miocene epoch, an active fault caused the basin to sink steadily, providing a constantly growing reservoir for animal remains. Sediment flowing off the Prelittoral Range then buried the bones in mud and silt, preserving them for millennia. FIRST FINDS The region’s once forested, humid conditions were ideal for ancient primates. Four species (shown here in bold) were first discovered in Can Mata, and as excavations continue, scientists expect to find more primates. ROSEMARY WARDLEY AND DIANA MARQUES, NGM STAFF SOURCES: DAVID M. ALBA AND ISAAC CASANOVAS-VILAR, CATALAN INSTITUTE OF PALEONTOLOGY MIQUEL CRUSAFONT; EU-DEM…

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trevor beck frost

One of our most popular Instagram images ever (left) is this 2018 portrait of an ocelot cub named Keanu that had been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in Peru. At a rehabilitation center in the Peruvian Amazon, ecologists Samantha Zwicker and Harry Turner helped the growing ocelot transition from care in an enclosure to life in the wild. One day in 2020, Zwicker (above) found Keanu with a puncture wound on his leg, likely from an encounter with a caiman or another ocelot. Zwicker cleaned the wound and nursed Keanu back to health. He returned to the wild a month later and hasn’t been seen since. This page showcases images from National Geographic’s Instagram accounts—the most popular brand on Instagram. Join more than 230 million followers: @natgeo, @natgeotravel, @natgeointhefield, @natgeoadventure,…

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the priceless fossils in the garbage dump

FEWER PLACES ARE LESS WELCOMING THAN A GARBAGE DUMP ON A FRIGID NIGHT. BUT THAT’S WHERE paleontologist Josep Robles found himself in December 2019, on the hunt for rare clues to human evolutionary history. For much of the past couple of months, he’d spent several nights a week at the Abocador de Can Mata, the largest active landfill in the Catalonia region of Spain. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, excavators had been plunging their metal claws into the earth in a rush to create yet another deep pit to hold trash from Barcelona and its surroundings. Robles was one of eight paleontologists on rotation to keep a close eye on the rocky tons of tawny dirt displaced by the diggers. During the day, the sickly sweet aroma of rot drew…

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the world’s highest gold rush

THREE MILES UP IN THE PERUVIAN ANDES, LA RINCONADA IS THE HIGHEST SETTLEMENT ON THE PLANET, a place whose bleak existence depends on the high price of its most coveted resource—gold. As the price of the precious element more than quintupled over the past two decades, what was once a small town in the shadow of snowcapped Mount Ananea has transformed into an uncontrolled sprawl of corrugated metal shacks packed around artisanal mine entrances and a refuse-choked lake. The biting cold and lack of oxygen at 16,732 feet above sea level leave even the locals gasping for breath, and it smells like what it is—a settlement with a transient population of some 30,000 to 50,000 people and no garbage collection or sewer system. Fatal accidents in the labyrinth of mines deep inside…