January 2013

Official Journal of the National Geographic Society • Vol. 223 • No. 1

Special Issue The New Age of Exploration

The World
of Explorers

A photo portfolio: a lunar landing, volcanic action, ancient footprints in Africa

Restless Genes

Scientists are trying to learn what drove us out from Africa and on to the moon and beyond.

Rain Forest Sale

Ecuador's Yasuní Park has it
all—treetop orchids, prowling jaguars, nearly 600 species of birds ... and oil.

Exploration:
Risk Takers

They snare poisonous snakes, drill into glaciers, probe cat parasites—and always push limits.

Crazy Far

To the stars. Do we have the right stuff to go?

The Greatest Survival Story

His companions died. Food was nearly gone. And Douglas Mawson still had 95 polar miles to go.

Small,
Small World

We breathe in millions of microbes. But we've only just begun to study them.