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Join National Geographic archaeologists and adventurers, explorers
and scientists on this thrilling jaunt through more than 125 years
of research, discovery, and unforgettable photojournalism.
Featuring behind-the-scenes tales and show-stopping imagery, this
book captures the heart of the Society''s fascinating history, from
its earliest days as a scientific club to its growth into one of
the world''s largest geographic organizations. It''s all here, from
Jacques Cousteau''s pioneering underwater explorations to James
Cameron''s recent record-breaking descent to the floor of the
Mariana Trench, the oceans'' deepest point. Countless other
explorers and their astounding achievements through the years are
documented, including Louis Leakey, Jane Goodall, Spencer Wells,
and Sylvia Earle. More than 200 photos, sidebars, and fun facts
accompany these amazing stories, pulling you from one adventure to
It''s well known that National Geographic has been to the top of
Mount Everest and reached the depths of the Mariana Trench, but did
you know that:
A 1957 National Geographic article inspired the creator
of the pink plastic lawn flamingo?
A National Geographic writer on assignment found the source of the
The world-famous photo of our green-eyed Afghan girl almost never