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America Strikes New Oil
North Dakota has thousands of wells and temporary laborers—all because of fracking. What’s the cost to the land and its people?
Midnight in the Garden
Japanese cherry blossoms, French water lilies, and New York lindens, lit by the moon and stars
Chinese Class Reunion
Ten years after teaching English in Fuling, China, a former Peace Corps volunteer returns to a town transformed.
Drones May Be Watching You
Unmanned aircraft are poised to move from military arenas to U.S. highways and byways.
This month, we examine the positive and negative impacts of extracting oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale.
The Moment: The Zen of Petals
Diane Cook and Len Jenshel find new meaning in Japan’s custom of taking time to enjoy short-lived cherry blooms.
Decorate your desktop with beautiful images from this month’s issue of the magazine.
A forest of derricks rises beyond a California neighborhood in this photo from the June 1941 issue.
Visions of Earth
Each month, National Geographic features breathtaking photographs in Visions of Earth.