The Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy. Millions of years ago the pale peaks and pinnacles of the Dolomites lay on the seabed; now they are among the world’s most distinctive mountainscapes.
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Monument Valley in Tribal Park. Arizona–Utah, USA The sandstone spires of Monument Valley, part of the Colorado Plateau, are the result of millions of years of erosion. Iron oxide gives the rock its
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Manhattan in New York, USA. At almost 40,000 people per sq km
in 1910, Manhattan’s population density was higher then than in
2010. But at today’s median price of US$800,000 for an apartment, the cost of property has gone up.
Lyth Valley in the Lake District, Cumbria, England. The unspoilt Lyth Valley is tucked in a hidden corner of Cumbria, where trees are laden with fruit and rolling hills are the most magnificent green.
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA. The Wall Street Trail of Bryce Canyon has its own skyscrapers: ponderosa pines. Chasms in the rock are formed when water freezes and expands, creating alleys up to 60m deep
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The Sardine Run in Eastern Cape, South Africa. During the annual migration of sardines, millions of the fish head north along the coast of South Africa, creating a feeding frenzy along the way. The migration occurs from May to July Cormorants hunting with dolphins
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The aurora borealis in Kiruna, Sweden. When charged particles, which flow from the sun at 1.4 million km/h, hit the Earth’s magnetic field at the planet’s poles, they create curtains of light. Solar storms heighten the effect.
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Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. This Unesco World Heritage–listed park is made up of interlinked and cascading lakes, caves and forest. The colours of the lakes range from azure to green, blue and even grey.
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Rufous hummingbird in California, USA. Rufous hummingbirds, here seen feeding on nectar at Huntington Beach, California, are just 8cm long but the hyperactive birds migrate across North America, following the Hummingbird in Beauty of Nature
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Lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Yi Peng, Chiang Mai’s version of the Thai festival Loi Krathong, takes place during a full moon in November and sees lanterns launched into the night sky.
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