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Photo by @jonathankingston | Expedition leader Jimmy White explores a cave on the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia. The name of the island is derived from the drinking water being brought out of caves like this one by local residents. “Ma,” indicates clear water and “Atea” indicates the light of day – with the “K” thrown in between the two words to make the resulting phrase “Ma-K-Atea” sound pleasing to the ear. For many years the island was the site of a large phosphate mining operation that produced hundreds if not thousands of hand dug pits. The mine was abandoned in 1964, but an unsuspecting visitor could easily fall into the pits while walking through the thick underbrush that has reclaimed the land. The cave is filled with more helictites – a twig like stalactite – than I have ever seen. The pool is illuminated with underwater dive lights.
#frenchpolynesia #makatea #tuamotu #cave


#Cannes you believe it? Sundy Jules (@sundyjules) sure can’t. The 20-year-old French creator is at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time. “I’m excited for everything,” Sundy says. “The films, the beach, the parties, hanging out with my friends, but definitely mostly excited for the films.”
Do you know how to say “walk the red carpet” in French? 🤔 Find out from Sundy in a little quiz we like to call #GameOn, on our story now.


Egypt ✨😍😍😍✨
Picture by ✨✨@matiasderada✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature ❤️


Top Shot: Just a Little Shake | Photograph by Kirit Bhansali (@kiritbhansali)
#YourShotPhotographer Kirit Bhansali photographed this black-naped woodpecker while taking a refreshing mud bath. Black-naped woodpeckers are found across Southeast Asia from Pakistan to parts of China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. This photo was selected for the Daily Dozen on May 21, 2019.

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.


Photo by Maddie McGarvey @maddiemcgarvey | In December 2008, a dike ruptured at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant near Kingston, Tennessee, pouring more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash into the Emory River. More than 200 cleanup workers and family members are now suing TVA's main contractor, Jacobs Engineering, for refusing to provide them with protective equipment and for causing their debilitating, and in some cases deadly, diseases. Jeff Brewer stands outside of the Kingston plant on the tenth anniversary of the spill. Like many cleanup workers, he has serious medical conditions that began when he was working with coal ash every day. "They told us it wouldn't hurt us," he says. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo. For more photos from this story, follow me @maddiemcgarvey


Hay huéspedes que no son bienvenidos. El ébola zaire es uno de ellos. ⚠️ #TheHotZone Serie de tres episodios. Lunes 27, martes 28 y miércoles 29, 9 PM MEX-COL-PE / 10 PM ARG-CHI


Last month I was invited to fly the very first ever @CathayPacific Seattle to Hong Kong flight - here’s a glimpse into what I saw during my time there. Starting July 1st, Passengers flying from Seattle can enjoy daily service as Cathay Pacific expands the route to include daily service to Hong Kong. #SEA2HKG #shotoniphone


Les Deux Palais, Île de la Cité, Paris, 2019 🦋


“keep calm and nap on” writes @eastonofthewild


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