National Geographic Russia in November

The main story in the November issue of National Geographic Russia is devoted to emperor penguins. Although clumsy on land, emperor penguins can reach torpedo speed underwater. Scientists recently discovered how they manage to swim so fast.

Also in this issue:
Camera sights on bears. Each year, photo safaris are becoming an increasingly popular form of recreation — and for some, a profession.

Reading dunes. Having learned to fly a paraglider, an NG photographer mastered the language of dunes: the shape of the sandy ridgelines helps him determine the wind direction and make quick landings — even in a storm.

Territory of ice. For more than a century, the harsh, inhospitable and permanently icebound Franz Josef Land has irresistibly drawn Russian explorers.

Vikings in America. Brave Scandinavian sailors headed for the New World in search of furs, ivory and trading partners.

Only 10,000 left. The cheetah is the fastest animal on the planet, but its numbers are decreasing with each passing year.

The issue was released for sale on Oct. 23.