It’s a jewel of biodiversity, the so-called Galápagos of the Indian Ocean, and might also hold traces of the earliest humans to leave Africa. No wonder scientists want to explore Socotra. But it’s also part of Yemen, a country enduring a horrific civil war. Meet the Nat Geo explorer with a track record of navigating the world’s most hostile hot spots who’s determined to probe the island and empower its local scientists before it’s too late.
Raw photo caption: Diksum, Socotra, Yemen. A person gathering red resin from a Dragon’s Blood Tree.
Credit: Photograph by Martin Edström, National Geographic
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