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The Riddle of Easter Island
How did the statues move? That question puzzles archaeologists—and modern-day islanders.
Is that a spaceship? Or a mushroom cloud? Or a strange skyscape whipped up by wild weather?
A language goes silent every 14 days. That could mean the end for words like tradzy, azaac, khei-àt.
Life in an Icy Inferno
Weird microbes, possibly from Earth’s bowels, thrive in the hot soil of an Antarctic volcano.
This month, photographer Lynn Johnson thoughtfully illuminates the story of our world’s vanishing languages.
Field Test: First Look
Catch a glimpse of stories to come in these daily dispatches from our photographers.
The Moment: A Mystical Coat and Hat
In the Republic of Tuva, photographer Lynn Johnson visited a center where shamans counsel suffering souls.
Decorate your desktop with beautiful images from this month’s issue of the magazine.
Visions of Earth
Each month, National Geographic features breathtaking photographs in Visions of Earth.