Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic1 of 10
National Geographic Magazine celebrates 125 years of publishing this month. On Sunday, Jan. 13, the magazine will host a Google + Hangout featuring Jane Goodall, James Cameron, Robert Ballad and explorers around the world. Meanwhile, here's a look back at 10 classic National Geographic photographs.
An African lion climbs a tree to sleep. Queen Elizabeth Park.
Photo by Emory Kristof/National Geographic2 of 10
National Geographic 125 Years: North Atlantic Ocean, 1985
Rusted prow of the R.M.S. Titanic ocean liner, in the North Atlantic.
Photo by Scottyboipdx Weber/National Geographic My Shot3 of 10
National Geographic 125 Years: Washington State, 2009
Sunset falls on Gifford Pinchot National Forest, named for a prominent conservationist and Society board member.
Photo by Hugo van Lawick/National Geographic4 of 10
National Geographic 125 Years: 1964, Tanzania
A touching moment between primatologist and National Geographic grantee Jane Goodall and young chimpanzee Flint at Tanzania’s Gombe Stream Reserve.
Photo by Thomas J. Abercrombie/National Geographic5 of 10
National Geographic, 125 Years: 1957, South Pole, Antarctica
National Geographic magazine’s Thomas Abercrombie, first correspondent to reach the South Pole, flies the Society’s flag from the Pole while reporting on the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58.
Photo by George F. Mobley/National Geographic6 of 10
National Geographic 125 Years: 1984, Guatemala
Archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Richard Adams examines pre-Columbian Maya wall murals in Tomb One at Rio Azul.
Photo by Stephen Alvarez/National Geographic7 of 10
National Geographic 125 Years: Peru
The “Ice Maiden,” the 500-year-old mummy of a young Inca girl found on a Peruvian mountaintop by archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Johan Reinhard.
Photo by Barry Bishop/National Geographic8 of 10
National Geographic 125 Years: 1963, Nepal
The first American team to summit Mount Everest in 1963 included National Geographic’s Barry Bishop.
Photo by B. Anthony Stewart/National Geographic9 of 10
National Geographic 125 Years: Egypt, 1938
Three figures on camelback behold a classic scene. The decades before the advent of jet travel in the 1950s are remembered as a golden age of travel.
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National Geographic 125 Years: Costa Rica
Enric Sala, diving with a green turtle off Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Sala leads National Geographic's Pristine Seas project, which aims to find, survey and help protect the last healthy and undisturbed places in the ocean.