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8 Stunning National Geographic Photos to Remind You How Wondrous Our World Is

Go on a journey around the globe—no passport needed!—via these images from a new National Geographic book drawn from its legendary archives.

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Shahar Keren

Broome, Australia

A caravan of camels and human riders treks at sunset along Cable Beach, which is situated on the country’s western coast and offers picture-postcard views of the Indian Ocean. Camels were first brought to Australia by settlers in 1840, and approximately 400,000 camels roam free there today. The animals shown here are tended by tour operators. (You won’t want to miss these gorgeous beaches with the clearest water in the world.)

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Chip Phillips

The Palouse, Washington

The Palouse is the name given to a rolling, hilly 3,000-square-mile agricultural region that includes parts of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The area produces the world’s largest crop of winter wheat. Here, melting spring snow exposes patches of a wheat field. Want to explore the beauty of the American West? Get more info about an amazing travel experience to America’s Cowboy Country here. (These arrestingly beautiful photos truly stand the test of time.)

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Erez Marom

Jokulsarlon lagoon, Iceland

Water eddies around icebergs washed up on a black sand beach. Jokulsarlon is one of the most gorgeously unreal places on earth. If it looks like something you’d see in a movie, that’s because the location has been featured in several films: two James Bonds (A View to a Kill, Die Another Day), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Batman Begins, and Beowulf and Grendel.  Besides being a destination for cinematographers, the 6.9-square-mile glacial lake an oasis for fish, birds, and seals.

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Wes C. Skiles

Brooksville, Florida

Divers explore a flooded chamber of Diepolder Cave, 250 feet below ground. Located on the Sand Hill Boy Scout reservation, the Diepolder Cave system consists primarily of two large caves: Diepolder II and Diepolder III. Diepolder II is the deepest cave in the continental U.S., extending down some 360 feet. Only extremely experienced divers (having logged 100+ dives) are permitted to go, and they must be with a guide. (These are some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world.)

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Mitch Dobrowner

Regan, North Dakota

A weakening tornado “ropes out” into a tubular shape. In general, Regan is considered to be a low-risk tornado area, and its largest twister in history, an F4, occurred in 1952, resulting in 26 injuries and one fatality.

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Frans Lanting

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Water lilies rise below the surface of a river delta. From March to August, this large inland body of water attracts one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife—elephants, giraffes, hippos, antelopes, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, crocodiles, jackals, and some 450 species of birds—on the planet. (Don’t miss these stunning photos of rainbows that will instantly brighten your day.)

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Sudeep Mehta

Mumbai, India

Indian youths form human pyramids to try to break the “dahi handi,” a ceremonial earthen pot, which is part of the festivities surrounding Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of the Hindu god Krishna. The celebration typically takes place every August. In 2014, one nimble group pulled off a nine-tier pyramid that measured 43.79 feet high.

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Joel Sartore

Lincoln, Nebraska

Flamingos feed at the Lincoln Park Children’s Zoo. These are Caribbean flamingoes, which can live to be 40 to 60 years old in captivity.

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Kristin Jonsdottir

400 pages of National Geographic’s best

Organized around the themes of Mystery, Harmony, Wit, Discovery, Energy, and Intimacy, the images in the book National Geographic Stunning Photographs were selected by photographer Annie Griffiths as ones that make you “halt, look again, and connect on an emotional level.”