Out of Eden Walk@outofedenwalk

National Geographic Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is walking across the globe in the footsteps of our ancestors. #Edenwalk

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Out of Eden Walk

We're all walking together into the 21st century. What happens in India over the coming years—migration, water shortage, land management—affects everyone across the globe. This year Paul Salopek is walking through India, Myanmar, and into China to report out the stories that aren't told through traditional journalism, and he needs your support to continue. To that end we've launched a @kickstarter campaign for Year 6 of the Out of Eden Walk! Support us at the link in our bio and thank you for walking along.


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Dancing girl. Kuchaman City fortress, Rajasthan, #India.


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The songs of Kuchaman City fortress, Rajasthan, #India. Built in the 9th century A.D.


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Nature can be noisy. The blue whale and the sperm whale are noisier than jet planes at take-off. A snapping shrimp produces a shock wave that measures 200 decibels underwater which, outside water, is as loud as gunfire. The greengrocer cicada stridulates at 120 decibels.

On our walk, the “noise” of the desert does not grate on my nerves the way a car roaring past on baked asphalt at 60 miles an hour can. The car is not only eight times louder than the sound of crickets in a national park, but also a zillion times more repulsive. The horn of a truck sets my teeth on edge, but I can listen to an orchestra of Pompona imperatoria, a cicada in the old forests of Borneo, which sounds just like a truck horn, for hours. // Indian guide @aratikumarrao writes about her search for silence on the trail in a new dispatch. Link in bio. #India


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First monsoon rain. Near Nechwa, Rajasthan, #India.


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Walking partner @dreamersid tests village well water for toxic levels of fluoride using a mobile phone app. #India


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Desi technology: an old oil drum reimagined as a swamp cooler. Thar desert, Rajasthan, #India.


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Salasar temple, Rajasthan, #India.


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Original swastika—a 6,000-year-old symbol of luck or wellbeing from #India. From the Sanskrit: Su = ''good'' and asti = ''to be.''


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Paul and Raju the donkey take a break from the heat under a khejri tree in the Thar Desert, #India. // See more from Milestone 57 at the link in our bio.


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Paul interviews Bajrang Rajput, an 18-year-old farmhand:
WHO ARE YOU? I am Rajinder’s brother.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I live nearby, in Raipura village.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING? I’m going to the fields. They look dry. But we grow guar beans, millet, peanuts, wheat, sesame. It’s a good life. This is our life. I like it. // Read more from Milestone 57 at the link in our bio.


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It’s 111 degrees Fahrenheit (44 C) at Milestone 57, in the Thar Desert, #India. Rajasthani cowherds bring Paul, his guide, and Raju the donkey a bucket of water. See more at the link in our bio.


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