James Cameron, Jane Goodall, Robert Ballard to Take Part In Google+ Hangout Sunday

 James Cameron, Jane Goodall, Robert Ballard to Take Part In Google+ Hangout

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2013

Explorers from Around the World to Mark 125^th Anniversary of National

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Have you ever wanted to
ask a question of the man who discovered the remains of the Titanic, the
primatologist who pioneered field research on wild chimpanzees or the explorer
who made the first solo dive to the ocean's deepest point?

Robert Ballard, Jane Goodall and James Cameron — along with National
Geographic explorers in the field on every continent — will take questions
from the public in a live Google+ Hangout from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (ET) this
Sunday, Jan. 13, marking the 125^th anniversary of the National Geographic
Society. People around the world are invited to submit questions for the
explorers or to videotape themselves asking a question for use in the Hangout.

Exploration is the National Geographic Society's passion and the focus of the
January issue of National Geographic magazine. Sunday's Hangout will be a
conversation about the new age of exploration. The event will be the first in
a series of monthly National Geographic-Google+ Hangouts with explorers
leading innovative field research across the globe.

Sunday's event will use Google's innovative multi-participant, live video-chat
platform. The public can submit questions by:

  oUploading a video question to YouTube with #NatGeo125
  oPosting a question on Google+ or Twitter with #NatGeo125
  oCommenting on the National Geographic News Watch blog
  oLeaving a comment on this Facebook post

The Hangout can be viewed on the National Geographic Google+ page or on

Since its first expedition in 1890 to map the Mount St. Elias region in
Alaska, National Geographic has led the way in exploration of the planet — and
in harnessing new technologies to bring the stories of exploration to its
readers and viewers.

Robert Ballard is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who is most
famous for his discovery of the RMS Titanic in 1985. Ballard has pioneered the
use of robotics to explore ancient shipwrecks and natural wonders of the sea.

Jane Goodall received her first grant from the National Geographic Society in
1961 and went on to lead a 50-year field study of wild chimpanzees. Her
research revealed that, like humans, chimps make tools to procure food and
they engage in violence against each other.

James Cameron is a filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.
His 35,756-foot solo dive, known as DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, to the ocean's deepest
point in the South Pacific's Mariana Trench last year set a record and
gathered scientific information.

Other explorers participating in Sunday's Hangout are:

  oKyler Abernathy, National Geographic Crittercam team member, participating
    from Antarctica
  oKenny Broad, environmental anthropologist, Florida
  oAlbert Lin, research scientist/engineer, California
  oKrithi Karanth, conservation biologist, India
  oPaula Kahumbu, wildlife conservationist, Kenya
  oSebastian Cruz, biologist, Ecuador
  oBoyd Matson, National Geographic radio host, serving as Hangout moderator
    from National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.

A "new age of exploration" will be celebrated Society-wide throughout 2013,
including the National Geographic Channels, website, books, magazines, video
and live events. The yearlong initiative has been made possible through a
125^th anniversary partnership with Rolex. Leading brand of the Swiss watch
industry, Rolex has accompanied many of humanity's greatest feats as men and
women such as James Cameron have broken long-standing records, defied the
elements and explored the globe's most forbidding frontiers.

SOURCE National Geographic Society

Website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com
Contact: Kelsey Flora, (202) 828-8023, kflora@ngs.org
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