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Table Of Contents: August 2015

Will the Pope Change the Vatican?

Or will the Vatican change Pope Francis, who has focused on serving the poor and reforming the church?

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Last Rites for the Jade Sea?
Projects upstream from Kenya’s Lake Turkana threaten to turn the lake into a dust bowl disaster.

Still Life
A century ago taxidermy played a key part in fostering wildlife conservation. Today its role is less clear.

Life After the Bombs
Laos is, per capita, the most heavily bombed nation on Earth. It’s also among the most resilient.

Portraits of Katrina
On the devastating hurricane’s ten-year anniversary, photographers share scenes of destruction and resurrection.

Getting Close to the Pope
This month, enjoy our exclusive look at Pope Francis, up close and personal.

NGM Photographers on Instagram
Enjoy daily photo dispatches from our photographers.

Visions of Earth
Each month, National Geographic features breathtaking photographs in Visions of Earth.

Your Shot
Join our storytelling community to take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, and more.