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photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Feeling the emptiness is one of the strongest things I've ever experienced in my travels. Leave the gaze float in the void is a purification for the spirit.
It is not just the reminiscence of a lost purity, it’s a horizon where everything can still happen.
The Danakil, a land made of fire, salt and lava close to the Rift Valley, is a ghost ocean.
It is from the retreat of the sea, evaporated twenty thousand years ago, that the Danakil has gained its peculiarity: to be a spread of evaporitic rocks that gives rise to the Great Plain of Salt - a desert which stretches for about 600 kilometers.
This is one of the most vulnerable places of our world: the fire is just below our feet, five kilometers away. There is a crust that is subjected to stresses of all kinds, a part of the planet where you feel the throbbing heart of the Earth.
This Friday the Danakil exhibition will open in Rome .
If you around join us: Friday 23 February at 7pm at Officine Fotografiche.
@andrea_frazzetta #Danakil #Ethiopia #Africa

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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite.

Pictured here and in freezing cold temperatures, an explorer is dwarfed by a giant ice formation inside the Halle der Circe in Eiskogelhöhle, Austria. Ice caves like these are common in the Austrian Alps but are seriously under stress due to climate change.

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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz
A sea of yellow #rapeseed #flowers is the big money maker for the villages near Xinghua, #China. The wetland was excavated into a network of fields and canals long ago, and now the locals make more money from agro-tourism every spring that they do from the oil-rich seeds. As China’s youth flock to cities for a better life, there are fewer people to farm labor-intensive landscapes like this, causing a shift to industrialized food production. To see more of China’s changing #food supply, follow @geosteinmetz

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Photo by @max.lowe // The seasons are one of the things that keep me coming back to Montana. Traveling to Glacier National Park this last spring to catch the wild flower bloom was the first time I’d seen that landscape in such vibrant color and life. The fact that we walked for miles with mountain goats happily munching the fresh shoots of springs giving was a bonus. To see more from #photography from #montana and beyond, follow @max.lowe

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Photo by @renan_ozturk
A passing self portrait during a recent trip to the melting edge of Europe’s largest glacier with @timkemple @brandonjosephbaker and team. See @renan_ozturk @timkemple for more from this landscape! #northernlights #iceland

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Photo by @amivitale. Ramla Sharif roasts coffee inside her home in the village of Choche, Ethiopia. Legend has it that this is the birthplace of coffee. The region is home to the largest pool of genetic diversity of coffee in the world, more than all other coffee-producing countries. Ethiopia is also one of only two countries in the world that consumes over half of what it produces. Coffee permeates the fabric of Ethiopian life. Follow me @amivitale for more stories from around the world.
@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #amivitale #photooftheday #seetheworld #ethiopia #coffee #coffeegrowers #coffeelove #coffeelovers #travelethiopia #africa #ethiopiancoffee

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Photo by @taylorglenn // A break in stormy weather a few a days ago revealed Sheep Mtn as the Jackson Hole elk herd foraged in the meadows below. The National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is the wintering grounds for one of the largest elk herds on Earth. Also known as Wapiti, these animals come from as far as southern Yellowstone to wait out the depths of winter snows in the high country. Bison, bighorn sheep, mule deer, trumpeter swans and sometimes wolves all can be found here periodically throughout the winter. Follow @taylorglenn for more images of #Wyoming and beyond. #wildlife #travel #jacksonhole

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Video by @bertiegregory. A hungry gentoo penguin chick chases its parent through the colony. These comical pursuits are very common once the chicks are mobile. As the chicks repeatedly beg for food, the adults slowly reach a threshold at which point they suddenly bolt off! It's easy to anthropomorphise and assume the adult is just running away in frustration. However, there are theories that suggest there's more to it. Gentoos often have multiple chicks. It's thought that these chases could ensure that only the fittest chick keeps up with the adult and subsequently gets fed. Shot on Sea Lion Island in the South Atlantic Ocean as part of a new online series for National Geographic. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife videos!

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#Sponsored by @visit_arizona // Today’s #UnRealAZContest featured photo from @seanparkerphotography captures the moon hovering above Cathedral Rock, one of the state's most spectacular sandstone formations. For a chance to win a trip to Arizona, upload your best awe-inspiring shots that play on both the authentic feel of Arizona and the unreality of its experiences. Tag with #UnRealAZContest and include a caption with the location and a short description. The contest, sponsored by @visit_arizona, runs through March 5. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com/unreal-arizona

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Photo by @babaktafreshi
A starry night begins in the Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Without this gentle light painting, the foreground would be pitch black. The sky is still unspoiled and naturally dark in this area away far from major city lights. The park is also known for striking rock formation, narrow gorges, wonderful hikes.
Explore more of the world at night @babaktafreshi

#milkyway #utah #southwest #nationalparks #nightsky #longexposure #nightphotography #twanight @natgeocreative @natgeo @capitolreefnationalpark

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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite. Here, we see a scientist searching for the rare cryogenic calcite crystals (CCC’s) inside a large ice formation that is flowing over the limestone inside Eiskögel höhle near Werfenweng in Austria. @natgeocreative

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Video by @renan_ozturk
Painting – alpine style.
Many artists will labor over a certain painting for months or years. I’ve always just immersed
myself completely in a specific environment and moment in time and let things flow. After a mad 24 hour push at 13,000 feet I finished a large landscape of the mountains that surround one of my favorite places on the planet – Khumjung, Nepal. At one point the dew washed away hours worth of watercolors, blending it all into strange patterns - forcing
me to start over on a soaked canvas, fixing some spots and leaving others. Over the course of the night, spotted by stars and clouds, I was accompanied by old friends - Ama Dablam and Tawoche, Kongde and Khumbila. Collaborative art, indeed. Shot with @jetbutterflies @climber.abiral
#followme @renan_ozturk for more travel art

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Photo by @FransLanting “Seabird City” More than two-thirds of the world’s black-browed albatrosses--some 500,000 pairs--breed in the Falkland Islands and this is one of the largest colonies on Steeple Jason Island where the birds nest so close together that many of them have to walk a long way to the edge of the colony to have enough of a runway for taking off. To see close ups of their remarkable dance rituals follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom.

@natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Albatross #FalklandIslands #SouthernOcean #Seabird #YearoftheBird

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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // By the 1970s nobody in Hawaii remembered the ancient art of wayfinding or “celestial navigation”, so a group of brave Hawaiians set out to re-learn it. Wayfinding or navigating by observing the stars, tides, and currents, was used by ancient polynesians to travel across the Pacific and lived only in the minds of only a handful of Micronesian navigators who still remembered. Determined to revive it, they reached out to their brethren in Micronesia and with their help, they built the Hōkūle’a, a replica of the old Hawaiian double-hull canoes they sailed in the past. Crewed by Hawaiians, this vessel has traveled around the globe several times, sharing a message of hope, and protection of our island planet: Earth. Learn more about the revival of Hawaiian traditions at @cristinamittermeier
#polynesianvoyagingsociety @bbbscmakaha #buffalokeaulana #Makahaohana @Haakeaulana @BrianKeaulana #beauty #culture #hope #love #mahalo #rainbow

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Photo by @ErikaSkogg inside the #Oculus. Also known as the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in #NewYorkCity, this light-inviting ribbed structure designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava connects commuters on the PATH trains to the New York City Subway system located in lower Manhattan. How incredible to witness the powerful revival of lower Manhattan. #WorldTrade

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Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Sunset over White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico. #whitesandsnationalmonument #whitesands #newmexico

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Photo: @emilypolar A sea of stars swirl above the Khumbu valley high in the Himalayas. The warm light on the mountains is actually the moon setting around 2am. To see more of Nepal follow @emilypolar #nepal #himalayas #nightsky

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📸 @johnkernickphotography The Priory Gate, one of the entrances to Cathedral Close in Winchester was built in the late 15th-century.
The two massive iron-studded oak gates once gave access to the ‘working’ courtyard of the medieval priory, including a guest-house and stabling for visitors. It’s still closed up every evening. The gate is topped by a tiny room, originally part of the organist’s house. Recently used as a location in The Crown, during the summer is covered in flowering Wisteria. .
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#winchestercathedral #winchester #ukcountryside #johnkernickphotography

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Photo by @renan_ozturk

The Chamonix Mont Blanc Massif landscape looking across at the iconic tram that drops you off atop the Aiguille du Midi. It feels like being deposited on a Himalayan summit. It is also the keystone that defines this place for its alpinism, because of the access it provides. #chamonix

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Photo @stephen_matera // Aerial view of the Juneau Ice field in summer. It's hard to comprehend how much ice lies below. The Juneau Ice field, just north of Juneau, is the fifth largest ice field in the western hemisphere at an astounding 3,900 square kilometers. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Alaska and around the world. #glacier #icecap #aerial #icefield

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Photo: @andy_mann // Today is the day that we celebrate the giants of the ocean. #WorldWhaleDay was founded in Maui, Hawaii in 1980 (I was founded then too 😝) to raise awareness for these magnificent creatures. This particular moment, captured in Azores, of a pod of Sperm Whales at the surface singularly changed the trajectory of my life and into conservation photography. To these beautiful animals, I tip my fins and raise my glass. @sea_legacy #turningthetide // If seeing moments like this is something that brings you joy, please #followme @andy_mann as I share daily images from our blue planet.

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Photograph by @paulnicklen // On behalf of all cetacean species on this planet, here is to celebrating #WorldWhaleDay. In today’s day and age it is getting more and more challenging to find success stories in nature. Fortunately, humpback whale populations have bounced back to near historic numbers after nearly being hunted to extinction in many areas. What species of cetacean is called a whale but in reality is a dolphin? Go to @paulnicklen to find out. #follow #whale #nature #naturelovers #instagood #sunset #beauty

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Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
Painted by nature, and a fishing boat! Spend some moments to explore the various elements in this unusual time-exposure full-circle fisheye image of northern lights and star trails above the Atlantic Ocean, photographed on the western coast of Iceland. A passing fishing boat created the trail on the ocean. A meteor and a satellite are also captured in the shot. Star trails, created by the Earth rotation during the half-hour exposure, appear around the north celestial pole, marked by the north star Polaris.
Follow me @babaktafreshi to explore the world in long exposure.
#twanight #fisheye #starrynight #aurora #auroraborealis #northernlights #polaris #astronomy #longexposure #timelapse @natgeocreative @natgeo

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Photo by @taylorglenn // A wintry, aerial perspective of the Gros Ventre River (pronounced grow-vont) as it flows through the canyon below Lower Slide Lake in the Bridger Teton National Forest just outside of Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. It flows from its headwaters in the Gros Ventre Wilderness that forms much of the eastern boundary of Jackson Hole. The freestone river alternates between cottonwood lined bottom, expansive meadows, and narrow canyons. This incredible region is largely free of development and is a critical wildlife habitat of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It is difficult to state the importance of public lands that help preserve wild ecosystems like this. Most of the Gros Ventre River is designated as a Wild and Scenic River as part of the Snake River Headwaters which helps to ensure it will remain a pristine watershed. Follow me @taylorglenn for more unique perspectives on wild places around the globe  #wyoming #jacksonhole #wilderness #wearerivers #wildanscenic #greateryellowstone #publiclands

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Photo by @max.lowe // The supreme and unfettered silence and grace of a slot Canyon is something I don’t know if I will find anywhere else. Exploring the winding and flooded canyons of Escalante Utah a few years ago was my introduction to that world. To see more #adventure and #travelphotography follow @max.lowe

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Photo by @FransLanting South Georgia Island is one the wildest places on the planet. Few people have set foot ashore on the rugged headlands where wandering albatrosses nest in the shelter of tussock grass. I photographed this bird in the evening with the last sunlight illuminating the highest peak of the island, Mt. Paget, while the reflected light from the sky made the bird glow. This male wanderer was waiting for a female to show up. When she did, they greeted each other with a spectacular courtship dance that is unique in the bird world. To see how albatrosses court and bond with each other, and to get a sense of how gigantic they are, follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom.

@natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Albatross #Seabird #SouthGeorgiaIsland #Antarctica #Amazing #YearoftheBird #Wildlife #Courtship

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Sponsored by @thewoolmarkcompany // National Geographic Photographer Pete McBride (@pedromcbride) rediscovers the benefits of wool while mountain biking on Snowmass Mountain in the Rocky Mountains. Pete reflects on how drastically equipment has changed over time, “The weave of wool today is amazingly comfortable,” he says, “It has incredible breathability, odor resistance, and it’s durable.” Little wonder that the majority of the world’s leading outdoor brands incorporate #Merinowool into their clothing.

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Photo: @emilypolar Happy Losar! The Tibetan New Year is today! Here's a choten མཆོད་རྟེན also known as a stupa. A symbol of the enlightened mind of the Buddha. A receptacle of offerings as well as a support for worship and blessings. Those passing through the khumbu en route to Everest can see this one☺️ To see more of Nepal follow @emilypolar #Nepal #himalayas #stupa #Losar #Buddhism

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Photo by @michaelmelford Bagan, Myanmar where more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments tower over the plains at sunset. Having never been to Myanmar before and having reservations myself from what I read in the paper, I was amazed by the landscapes and the people! Not too many tourists as well makes for a special experience. Go and find out for yourself. Was on an Around the World trip with @natgeoexpeditions #myanmar #burma #temples #buddha #natgeocreative #natgeofineart

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Photo: @andy_mann // A freediver stops in awe as we are momentarily graced by a curious Oceanic Whitetip Shark. When a shark of this size squares up to you, you can’t help but be humbled by its power and beauty. A single moment like this can lead to a lifetime of ocean conservation. // If you love the ocean, please follow me @andy_mann #turningthetide @sea_legacy

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