Meet Our Explorers

National Geographic Explorers are groundbreaking scientists, conservationists, educators, and storytellers. Each one is infinitely curious about our planet and passionate about helping make it better.

This Chinese monk's epic, east-to-west travels rival Marco Polo's
This Chinese monk's epic, east-to-west travels rival Marco Polo's
240 men started Magellan's voyage around the world. Only 18 finished it.
240 men started Magellan's voyage around the world. Only 18 finished it.
He found the Titanic, but for Robert Ballard the search never ends
He found the Titanic, but for Robert Ballard the search never ends
They spent 28 days under the sea—and found another Earth
They spent 28 days under the sea—and found another Earth
The untold story of the boldest polar expedition of modern times
The untold story of the boldest polar expedition of modern times
Discoveries
High Seas Fishing Isn’t Just Destructive—It’s Unprofitable
High Seas Fishing Isn’t Just Destructive—It’s Unprofitable
Exclusive: Massive Ancient Drawings Found in Peruvian Desert
Exclusive: Massive Ancient Drawings Found in Peruvian Desert
If Europa Has Life, This Scientist Will Help Find It
If Europa Has Life, This Scientist Will Help Find It
Huge Dinosaur Footprints Discovered on Scottish Coast
Huge Dinosaur Footprints Discovered on Scottish Coast
Exclusive: Laser Scans Reveal Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle
Exclusive: Laser Scans Reveal Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle

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Our Archives
These Stunning Pictures Revealed Machu Picchu to the World
These Stunning Pictures Revealed Machu Picchu to the World
The Renegade Scientist Who Taught Us to Love Gorillas
The Renegade Scientist Who Taught Us to Love Gorillas
Legendary Photos from Historic National Geographic Expeditions
Legendary Photos from Historic National Geographic Expeditions
Unseen Titanic
Unseen Titanic
Historic Photos Celebrate Pioneering Black Explorer
Historic Photos Celebrate Pioneering Black Explorer

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Sake or Caipirinha? Welcome to Brazilian-Japanese Food Culture.
Sake or Caipirinha? Welcome to Brazilian-Japanese Food Culture.
Lionfish Hunting in the Florida Keys
Lionfish Hunting in the Florida Keys

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