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After Years of War, Nature is Flourishing on These Tiny Islands | National Geographic

After Years of War, Nature is Flourishing on These Tiny Islands | National Geographic



In the Falkland Islands, the resiliency of nature is everywhere. National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen, who recently traveled to the Falkland Islands, said that he’s “rarely encountered such an intact ecosystem in almost three decades.”
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The Falklands, best known for a long history of land disputes, consist of more than 700 islands and islets. The archipelago wears the scars of war openly. The last conflict, when Argentina invaded the islands it claims as the Malvinas in 1982, ended after a brief but intense engagement with the United Kingdom. Roughly 20,000 land mines have not been accounted for, burned-out helicopters mar the landscape, and the Royal Air Force still has an active airfield on East Falkland.

Today the resiliency of nature is everywhere. The Falklands archipelago is a haven for more than a hundred bird species, many of them seabirds. Thirty-six percent of the global numbers of southern rockhopper penguins, for example, live here. But the extraordinary profusion of wildlife still faces man-made risks: pollution, degraded habitat, oil slicks, baited hooks dragged behind fishing vessels, and, notably, climate change.

See more of Nicklen’s breathtaking photography in the February 2018 National Geographic magazine article on the Falkland Islands: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/02/falkland-islands/

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26 comments

  1. The Falkland Islands is a British overseas territory located 250 miles off the Patagonian coast. What do you think of some of the scenes from our photographer Paul's visit to the islands?

  2. So happy 👏🏻❤️

  3. The healing power of nature is the best there is…

  4. So you are saying that the explosives of war were an Albatross for the islands' wildlife?

  5. Years of war? What war went on for years there?

  6. 0.14 i swear bear grylls was there to catch fish

  7. sad falkland island wolf extinct

  8. ORDERS FROM THE IRON MAIDEN TAKE THE ISLANDS BACK

  9. 1:25. Sea lion be like "get that thing out of my face!"

  10. Certain places should not allow tourists and be left for the animals.

  11. This experience possibly is something what get deep into your soul and got the feeling to do a fusion with nature arts.

  12. Very nice job. Great Britain and Argentina should cooperate and share protection of the 2 islands.

  13. Lol, the eagle is chewing on the red camera.
    I'd be mad too.
    They're fricking expensive.

  14. That guy needs a balaklava. I've never seen someone's face get so cold it turns purple.

  15. Indeed, if we left nature alone, it will begin to thrive once again. If only people can learn to co-exist without disrupting the balance. Let's hope the 3k people there doesn't do anything bad to upset the process. Thank you Paul Nicklen, Cristina Mittermeier, and the team for the great effort to show us this. Thanks National Geographic for sharing this wonderful story.

  16. Shouldnt have put the location of these islands.

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