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Why I love National Geographic.


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Inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888

I love the National Geographic Channel. I love their magazines. I their Flipboard channel.

Where else would you find outstanding photographs like these?

So what does “The National Geographic” actually stand for?

The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

– http://www.nationalgeographic.com

I think I first fell in love with them when I watched a documentary series they did on Egypt. It’s called “Egypt Underworld” and it basically explores the beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians on life after death. They believe in a journey through the Underworld whereby one has to pass through 12 gates guarded by demons and snakes in order to get safely to the “other side”. Yikes! You as the viewer go on a journey examining the tombs in The Valley of The Kings and explore the deep-seated fear the Egyptians had of the Underworld and life after death.

I see now that National Geographic offers grants to “Explorers”.

National Geographic supports groundbreaking scientific fieldwork and critical expeditions through grant programs and public projects. Whether you’re a published historian, a student of conservation, or an amateur genealogist, learn how you can join us for an expedition in the field or make new discoveries as one of our grantees. Tell us more about yourself to find your explorer type.

– http://www.nationalgeographic.com

They give you money if they think you have what it takes to do critical work in Research, Conservation, Exploration, and Education! If you have a project that’s on your heart and you just need money to carry it through, not to mention a film crew to accompany you on the journey, I think you should write in! You can apply for a grant on their website HERE. One project that I follow is the “Blue Holes” Project.

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In 2008, Expeditions Council grantee Kenny Broad and his team, in collaboration with The National Museum of the Bahamas, began the Blue Holes Project, a comprehensive exploration of the biological, geological and cultural characteristics of anchialine caves (marine groundwater caves called inland blue holes) and submarine caves (known as ocean blue holes) of the Bahamas.

Here are the other projects going on if you would like to have a look:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/grants-programs/expeditions-council/

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/grants-programs/cre/

How fascinating is that? Seriously, I wouldn’t mind presenting for this channel!! What do you think? Do you like the idea of being an Explorer? If not, what is something which “National Geographic” has covered that speaks to you???

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