See 5 of Earth’s most alien landscapes

From otherworldly glacial valleys to strange sulfuric pools, these places help scientists explore beyond our planet.

California’s Mono Lake is an earthly stand-in for the Mars of four billion years ago, when the planet was starting to lose its surface water.
Photograph by Tim Fitzharris
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Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression is the definition of inhospitable. The sunken volcanic landscape is rife with acidic hot springs, bubbling lavas, salty sands and toxic vapors.
Photograph by Robert Harding
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Borup Fiord Pass, a glacier-carved valley on Canada’s Ellesmere Island, is home to a stinky yellow patch of ice that resembles the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa.
Photograph by Nick Norman
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Salar de Uyuni, tucked into the Bolivian Andes, is the largest salt flat on Earth. It’s so bright white that it’s visible from space—and sometimes, a thin layer of water covers its salt crust, turning the surface into a giant mirror.
Photograph by Cedric Gerbheaye
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With its rugged sandstone cliffs and vermillion hue, Jordan’s Wadi Rum is one of the planet’s most unearthly landscapes. The desert, whose name means “Valley of the Moon” in Arabic, has masqueraded as Mars in several Hollywood blockbusters, including the 2015 science-fiction film The Martian.
Photograph by Robert Harding
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from “See 10 of Earth’s most alien landscapes”
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Life on the edge

Inside the world’s largest STONE forest, where tropical rain has eroded rocks into 300ft razor-sharp spikes

Isolated and inhospitable, this huge collection of razor-sharp vertical rocks looks like the last place where wildlife would thrive.

The colossal ‘Grand Tsingy’ landscape in western Madagascar is the world’s largest stone forest, where high spiked towers of eroded limestone tower over the greenery.

But despite its cold, dangerous appearance, the labyrinth of 300ft stones is home to a number of animal species, including 11 types of lemur.

Its name, ‘Tsingy’ translates as ‘where one cannot walk’, due to the hazardous formations of razor-sharp pinnacles made from limestone which have been eroded by tropical rain.

Explorer and photographer Stephen Alvarez captured the beauty of the Grand Tsingy when he went there as part of an expedition for National Geographic.
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Life on the edge
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Fall in love with heart-shaped places around the world

Some people leave their hearts in San Francisco, others consider Paris—the “City of Love”—as the epicenter of romance. But these heart-shaped attractions, whether naturally occurring or crafted by hand, visibly channel the affectionate Valentine’s symbol. From a flight over Heart Reef in Australia to floral arbors resembling you-know-whats in Dubai, these spots could inspire passion, platonic love, or at least some heart-worthy Instagram photos.

Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Hike through the Upper Antelope Canyon, near Page, Arizona, to find a heart, which eons of erosion have carved into the red stone. You’ll need a Navajo guide to visit the Upper and Lower Antelope canyons, located in Navajo Nation—a 27,000-square-mile area in northeastern Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Check out these eight epic stops in the Four Corners region.
Photograph by Justin Collins
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Hokkaido, Japan
Amid the natural wonders of this island in Japan’s, Lake Toyoni is a naturally formed freshwater lake in the southeastern part of Tomakomai city. Spot it from above via the Sarudake Mountain Path near Tomakomai.
Photograph by Satoru Kobayashi
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Easter Egg Rock Island, Maine
An Atlantic Puffin perches on a heart-shaped rock on Easter Egg Rock Island, Maine. The seven-acre, treeless island is one of the world’s first restored Atlantic puffin colonies, initiated in 1973.
Photograph by Melissa Groo
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Špičnik, Slovenia
Sample some of Slovenia’s best wine in Špičnik, a small town famous for its winding, heart-shaped road. The best view can be seen from the top of Dreisiebner Štefka farm.
Photograph by Mario Horvat
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Heart Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
You’ll have to book a helicopter or seaplane to see Great Barrier Island’s Heart Reef—a coral “bommie” or outcropping that’s just 56 feet long—since the area is off limits to snorkelers and divers due to its protected status.
Photograph by Dukas Presseagentur
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Fall in love with heart-shaped places around the world
more at National Geographic

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Ces incroyables photos de voyage vont vous donner des idées pour 2020

Les photographes Nat Geo Your Shot ont immortalisé cinquante destinations mondiales pour votre prochaine grande aventure.
Un lac volcanique en Indonésie. Une séance de nage avec les dauphins de Maurice. Une boutique de ramen pour vos fringales nocturnes à Tokyo. Des ballots de foin en Italie. Les images de cette galerie sont tout sauf ordinaires, même lorsqu’elles représentent un lieu a priori banal. Avec ces 50 clichés, les photographes de la communauté National Geographic Your Shot démontrent que des instants riches de sens à la beauté extraordinaire peuvent vous attendre n’importe où.

Photographie de Sherwin Magsino
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Photographie de Oleg Rest
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Photographie de Ana Knezevic
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Photographie de Aleö Krivec
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Photographie de Favre Lionel
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Ces incroyables photos de voyage vont vous donner des idées pour 2020
via National Geographic

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Photo of the Day | The Archive

Photos of the Day from National Geographic Archive

Hello Starling
“Between October and the start of March, thousands of starlings make their home in Brighton and the surrounding areas,” says Your Shot photographer Kevin Meredith. “Just before sunset they form huge murmurations and flock about Brighton Pier before roosting under the Pier.”
Photograph by Kevin Meredith
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Growing Strong
A bonsai tree grows out of a dead tree in the middle of a river. “This little tree reminds me that you can grow and blossom under impossible circumstances with a little bit of determination,” says Your Shot photographer Sam Snaps.
Photograph by Sam Snaps
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Beautiful Bird
A red-tailed comet displays its stunning, iridescent feathers as it feeds. Its deeply-forked tail makes it one of the most distinctive and well-known hummingbird species. “Your perspective really captures his feathers in their full beauty” commented Your Shot associate photo editor Kristen McNicholas. “I love how symmetrical your frame is and how I can immediately focus on the beauty of this bird!”
Photograph by Damilice Mansur
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Penguins’ Paradise
A small colony of penguins lives near St. Kilda’s pier in Melbourne, Australia. “Every night sometime after sunset, the adults of the colony will come home to nest,” says Your Shot photographer Doug Gimesy.
“Occassionally a few can be found standing on the top of the rocks, calling for their mate, drying themselves, or simply watching the world from a different perspective – above the water.”
Photograph by Doug Gimesy
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Rise Above
Just the tops of San Francisco’s tallest buildings are visible above the fog, backlit by a dramatic sunrise. “What a magical morning this was!” remembers Your Shot photographer Aya Okawa.
Photograph by Aya Okawa
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Photo of the day | The archive
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