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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Sandy Serenity: In the San Luis rift valley, winds lift sand from dry lakes on the valley floor to form giant dunes, the tallest in North America. The constant back-and-forth of winds blows sand from the valley floor to the mountains and vice versa during storms, helping maintain the dunes’ height, which can reach up to 750 feet tall—before collapsing under their own weight. I’ve marveled at this ever shifting natural phenomenon my entire life. To see more wild places, follow @pedromcbride. #GreatSandDunes #nationalpark #Colorado #nature #humility

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Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I Territorially part of Yemen, Socotra (سُقُطْرَى‎ in Arabic) is an archipelago of four islands. The largest island, also known as Socotra, lies about 240 km (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380km (240mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula. As a consequence of its isolation, the island is home to a high number of endemic species; up to a third of its plant life is endemic. It has been described as the "most alien-looking place on Earth.” In the 1990s, a team of United Nations biologists conducted a survey of the archipelago’s flora and fauna and counted nearly 700 species found nowhere else; only New Zealand, Hawaii, New Caledonia, and the Galápagos Islands have more impressive numbers. In the foreground, the Socotra desert rose, or bottle tree, can be seen—one of the island's endemic plants. The plant is highly poisonous and unpalatable to livestock, and despite being widespread on the island, is considered vulnerable and therefore included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archive material. #Socotra #landscape #soqotra #documentaryphotography #documentary

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Photo by Maddie McGarvey @maddiemcgarvey | After a quick rain shower cleared, a double rainbow framed the view of Honolulu from the top of Tantalus, an extinct cinder cone on the island of Oahu. For more views around the country, follow me @maddiemcgarvey. #hawaii #rainbow #oahu #honolulu

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Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, a victim of Agent Orange, in her house in the Ngu Hanh Son district of Da Nang, Vietnam, on July 8, 2010. This is a still image from my new multimedia installation @photoville this weekend, September 19-22, in Brooklyn, New York. #TheEnigmaRoom #PhotovilleNYC #experimentalart #installation #brooklynny

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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | An endangered female juvenile Peruvian woolly monkey snacks on fresh leaf cuttings at Cetas - IBAMA ( @ibamagov), a wildlife rehab center in Manaus, Brazil. Species like this one are disappearing at an alarming rate, but together we can help. Please check out the October issue of National Geographic magazine to learn more about the world's most vulnerable animals and click on the link in my bio to take the #SaveTogether pledge. My book, Vanishing: The World's Most Vulnerable Animals, is also available now. #woollymonkey #bigeyes #cute #endangeredspecies #PhotoArk

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Photo by @brianskerry // Sponsored by @AmericanExpress // An olive ridley sea turtle finds itself entangled in a plastic basket in the waters off Sri Lanka. In the four decades that I’ve been exploring the world’s oceans, I have seen more plastic in the sea each year. The devastating impact this has on marine wildlife is substantial and can be seen in many ways. In this case, the turtle likely came close to the drifting basket because floating objects in the ocean often attract marine life below. The basket had a plastic rope handle and the turtle’s flippers became severely entangled, preventing the turtle from swimming or diving. After making this photograph, I was able to free the turtle, and it swam away quickly. // Go to @AmericanExpress to learn more about what American Express is doing to address marine plastic pollution and to discover how you can get involved.

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Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | It was during the austral winter of 2002 when this female white shark approached a box jellyfish off the coast of South Africa. When she was just a few feet away, her forward momentum ceased and for a few precious seconds, as if transfixed by the light bouncing off the tentacles, she hovered just below the surface. This was one of the first white shark photographs I made and it's still a favorite. It highlights the great white shark’s almost gentle curiosity, which I have been privileged to observe frequently over past two decades. For more photographs of great white sharks, follow @thomaspeschak

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Visitors are awestruck by the splendor inside the temple of Abu Simbel, on the remote west shore of Lake Nasser, Egypt. It's the grandest of the ancient Nubian temples that were relocated to higher ground by UNESCO when the Aswan High Dam inundated the area. #Nubia #Nile #pharaoh #antiquity To explore more of our world, follow @geosteinmetz.

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Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | This image was shot for "Veiled Rebellion," published in the December 2010 issue. This mother walked five hours to see a midwife at a mobile outreach clinic in the village of Koreh-e Bala. She was waiting outside a family compound for medical advice about her ten-month-old baby, who had been sick since birth. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.

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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | Do you see inside of this whale's mouth the bristles that look like hair? Baleen whales like these humpbacks, which I photographed feeding off the coast of British Columbia, do not have teeth; they have baleen plates, a filter-feeding system that allows baleen whales to filter their food, usually small fish or krill, by swimming for their prey with their mouths wide open. Water passes through the baleen, but small prey like krill and herring and salmon are caught in the bristles, and then swallowed whole. Baleen whales have narrow throats and do not usually eat larger prey like squids or octopus. Follow me @CristinaMittermeier for more stories from the incredible wilderness of Canada's western coast. #Whale #Lunch #FunFacts #Nature

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | It was well below freezing when I took this photo at sunrise in my paraglider over Lake Tashk, Iran. I think the flamingos were feeling it was too cold to fly, and were slowly walking away as I approached from a few hundred feet. #Persia To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.

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Photos by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | This series is from a new story about the future of the Florida panther. Visit the link in my bio or nationalgeographic.com/animals to learn how new toll roads could block the panther’s path to recovery. I’ve been covering the story of the Florida panther for the past three years using custom-made camera traps through my Path of the Panther project with @insidenatgeo. The Florida panther is the last subpopulation of pumas surviving in the eastern United States. It has persevered because of its ability to live in the hurricane-battered swamps of the southern Everglades, where as few as 20 panthers survived the hunting and persecution that eliminated pumas everywhere east of the Mississippi River. It’s from these Everglades swamps that the panther has staged its recovery, and is beginning to reclaim its historic territory in the northern Everglades and beyond. Panthers need expansive territory. One panther's home range is up to 200 square miles—ten times the size of Manhattan. That makes the Florida panther an umbrella species, which means protecting habitat for one panther helps protect habitat for hundreds of other species. As shown in these photos, a Florida black bear, white egret, American alligator (with a giant salamander in its mouth), and coyote all share the same trails with the panther. To learn more about the different species, how these photos were made, and what happened when Hurricane Irma hit my camera traps a few days after this panther photo was captured, please visit @carltonward. We are following the story of the endangered Florida panther to inspire protection of the Florida Wildlife Corridor ( @fl_wildcorridor). #floridawild #panther #KeepFLWild @ilcp_photographers @pathofthepanther #pathofthepanther.

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