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Photo by @taylorglenn // Blowing sand obscures the highway outside Swakopmund, Namibia during a massive sandstorm. Driving was basically impossible. When the winds pick up on the Atlantic Ocean it doesn’t take much to lift the desert into the air. Follow @taylorglenn for more imagery from around the globe. #namibia #travel #weather #desert

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Aerial view of the volcanic peaks of the Hoggar, just east of Asakrem. The massif of the twin peaks seen here is known as "Tezouaï" and is one of the highest points in the Hoggar. To see more of our earth from above, follow @geosteinmetz

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Photo by @kevinfaingnaert // The Ngo Dong river winding through Tam Coc’s karst formations in #Vietnam. Translated as ‘three caves’, Tam Coc is often referred to as "Halong Bay on Land” due to its incredibly scenic landscape which is similar to the infamous Halong Bay and the rice paddies surrounding it.

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Photo by @renan_ozturk // Yaks on the the long road home from Everest basecamp. The lulling sound of their bells, the fresh snow fall and the lack of trekkers in this moment is what makes this simple phone photo special to me. And the fact that our film set out to tell the story of the highest point on Earth purely from the indigenous Sherpa perspective. Follow @renan_ozturk for more from the roof of the world

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Video by @bertiegregory // In an incredible rare predatory event, an Antarctic fur seal hunts macaroni penguins on land on the Island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. This was hard to watch but I felt it was an important part of the macaroni penguins’ life story. Giant waves, razor sharp rocks, mountain climbs and these seals (usually hunting the penguin in the water) are just a handful of the challenges these penguins must overcome on a daily basis. Only the toughest individuals survive to pass on their genes to the next generation. Brutal as this encounter was, there was an unexpected twist, watch the whole series of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island to find out what happened at natgeo.com/wildlife. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife travel adventures. #wildlife #penguin #seal #Antarctica #southgeorgia #predator

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Photo by @kiliiiyuyan // A snow-covered basketball court in the Yup’ik village of Gambell, Alaska. Basketball is a major sport for indigenous peoples of North America, even on the sparsely populated and remote island of Saint Lawrence, in the middle of the Bering Sea. Follow me, @kiliiiyuyan, for more images of the Arctic and beyond. #arctic #alaska #basketball #winter #snow #indigenous

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Photo by @Shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // Night falls upon base camp and an international team of explorers and scientists working to understand the mechanics of the Gorner glacier in Switzerland. On the skyline in the distance the iconic Matterhorn looms large. Such a special place.

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Kingdom Centre, Riyadh, Saudia Arabia. This 99-story landmark apartment tower was completed in 2002, and is a symbol of modern Saudi Arabia. The top of the building contains a glassed-in walkway that offers panoramic views of the capital. To see more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz

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Photo by @kengeiger / If #Africa and beautiful sunsets are on your travel bucket list. Don't wait to check out the Maasai Mara area of #kenya. Besides the national reserve, there are numerous conservancy areas, tribal lands that have been combined to benifit wildlife and the local communities. For more images of the Maasi Mara, follow @kengeiger.

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Photo by @max.lowe // To define wild in an experience for me would to be a silent observer, to sit and just for a moment quiet your ego and drive in the presence of complex and beautiful life beyond ourselves. Sitting and watching this female Jaguar stalk the banks of the Cuiaba River in Brazil was one of those moments, and one I revisit in my mind when I get lost in the noise. To see more from his travels to The Pantanal and Jaguars follow @max.lowe

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Photo by @babaktafreshi When I founded The World at Night (TWAN) project 12 years ago with an international team of highly experienced night sky photographers, one of the main aims was to save the last remaining natural night skies on the planet by photos and stories that tell the values of this essential part of our nature, beyond being an astronomer’s laboratory. This is one of those places: La Palma, Canary Islands, where the night sky is protected by law, against light pollution; the extra careless light that doesn’t illuminates the ground but wastes to the sky. The locals appreciate this preserved heritage too which made their island an icon. Here the Milky Way’s bright core rises over salt production ponds next to the ocean, in a single 20-second exposure photograph. This resembles what I was able to see visually there, but without the Milky Way’s color. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more wonders of our planet’s nightscape, learn more about night sky protection on darksky.org and twanight.org . #saveournightsky #twanight #astrophotography #nightscape #nightphotography #canaryislands @natgeoimagecollection

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Photo @Ladzinski / A small flock of #adelie #penguins cueing up as they consider making the plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica to hunt for krill. I’m speaking for myself here when I refer to the waters as “icy”, for these animals it’s simply just a day-to-day norm and their insulated bodies have the rest all sorted out. To get this photo I was dressed in a well insulated dry suit, laying in wait patiently for about 30 minutes as these cute penguins moved in around me. With numb toes, hands and face I was very thankful when the flock decided it was time to make the plunge. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo @sealegacy

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