Frozen frogs: The wood frog (pictured above by Nat Geo Explorer Joel Sartore) is not afraid of the cold. In the winter, the amphibian ices over as a natural antifreeze prevents their cells from bursting. When springtime comes, the fig-sized frog-sicles thaw with one thing on their mind: finding a mate. But, as Annie Roth reports, not all males have what the ladies desire.
Beneath the ice: When the snow and ice in the Arctic lifts briefly in the summer, breathtaking colors take over the landscape. Photographer Jenny Wong captured this photo (which was featured on our Instagram) of a place called Qajuutinnguaq in Inuktitut—a spot on the Adams Sound once known by locals as a good place for fishing.
Who were the Maya? They established an extended civilization, pioneering cultivation of corn, cassava, and squash, devoting vast centers to their gods, and ruling not as an empire but as a collection of city states. Then the civilization disappeared. “Though their descendants have preserved some of their culture’s traditions and lore, much about the Maya remains as mysterious today as it did centuries ago when their secrets were still hiding in plain sight,” Erin Blakemore writes. (Pictured above, a sculpture of a warrior found at a temple in Palenque, Mexico.)
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