Sunday Stills: Meet Australia's flying foxes, a new cold war plays out in the Arctic, and more

Sunday Stills: Meet Australia's flying foxes, a new cold war plays out in the Arctic, and more




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Issue 129
S U N D A Y  S T I L L S
December 09, 2018
Photograph by Thomas P. Peschak
      Animals     
Best animal pictures of 2018
Even after more than 100 years of photographing the natural world for National Geographic, our wildlife photographers are still capturing animals in ways they've never been seen before.
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Photograph by Doug Gimesy
      Animals     
Australia's flying foxes—and the people trying to help them
Over the past few decades the expansion of urban food sources and development in the bats' rural homes have made cities their main residence. A local photographer looks at the flying foxes that struggle to hang on in the city, and the humans who look after them.
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Photograph by Louie Palu
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Scenes from the new Cold War
In the past decade, the Arctic has been transformed by rising temperatures, vanishing ice, and international attention. Countries with Arctic territory—and some nations with no polar borders—have been scrambling for advantage on the Earth's latest frontier.
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PHOTOGRAPH BY NICOLáS PINA CALVIN, TANDEM
      Exploration     
Extreme surfing
"I was completely freaking out with the landscape. The idea of being with my three friends surfing in the Arctic Circle and surrounded by snowy mountains that fall on the shore, just blew my mind," says photographer Nicolás Pina Calvin, who took this shot of surfer Pablo Montero riding waves in the Arctic waters of Norway's Lofoten Islands.

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