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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | China boasts some of the world's most spectacular underground landscapes. Several of the largest cave chambers ever discovered are located in China, and probably many more are there, lying in total darkness just waiting to be found. This photo of the entrance passage of Quankou Dong, near the town of Tongzi, leads through to one of those mighty chambers, Cloud Ladder Hall. This shows the view back toward the towering entrance and the main river passage, where we see thick beds of limestone that are visible high in the roof of the cave.

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | “El Candelabro” was made by a pre-Inca people, and the original meaning of the geoglyph is unknown. It was engraved on the downwind side of the Paracas Peninsula, where the dew-soaked surface stabilizes this sandy etching of the ancients and the careless footprints of tourists. As seen from a paramotor. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.

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Photos by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Rays of light: Marine wildlife tourism is a large draw for visitors to Hawaii’s shores, which is a boon for the economy but can cause problems for animals if proper steps aren’t taken. Tour operators must follow strict rules to protect manta rays during night snorkeling/diving outings because participants use underwater lights to attract plankton in high concentrations, and the rays follow to find food. As a result, boats must refrain from lighting hulls to keep the rays from swimming into ladders, rudders, propellers, or divers, which have been known to cause serious injury. It is best to research the right tour operator to ensure you aren’t inadvertently injuring the wildlife you are marveling to see. For more wild places, follow @pedromcbride. #moonlight #mantaray #Hawaii #tourism #underwater

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Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Just before the bride makes her entrance into a ballroom filled to the brim with female guests to a majestic song, curated especially for her, women working at the wedding will hold a traditional incense burner to pass bakhoor (scented chips or blocks) among the guests. This is done as a gesture of hospitality. Her guests, having waited a couple of hours to congratulate her, will witness her regal entrance into the hall. #wedding #riyadh #saudiarabia

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Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | Tree roots are exposed and carved out from extraordinary high water levels on #lakeErie . The Great Lakes are presently experiencing the highest water volumes in documented history, resulting in overtly apparent erosion and flooding in towns and wilderness areas along the shores. #onassigmnent for @natgeo

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Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk l Underwater universe: these glimmering lights became our night sky as we sailed the Antarctic peninsula. In summer here, days rapidly get longer until eventually the sun doesn't set at all. This phenomenon is called the midnight sun. #Antarctica #underwater #antarcticaunderwater #nature #ocean

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Photo by Frans Lanting @franslanting | I’m sharing this image of a young orangutan in recognition of World Orangutan Day. He has reason to look distraught. Nearly half of all orangutans—a staggering 150,000, in all—vanished from Borneo in the past 15 years, due to destruction of their forest habitat and the impact of the wild pet trade. This orphaned young male was rescued and brought to a rehab center, but he won’t have much of a future unless we protect the forests all orangutans depend on for their survival. I welcome you to support the organizations that are on the front lines of helping orangutans, with public activities as well as covert operations aimed at busting wildlife criminals. @World_Wildlife and @WildAid need your help. And follow me @FransLanting for more encounters with endangered animals around the world. @leonardodicapriofdn #WorldOrangutanDay #Borneo #Family #Twins #Orphans #Endangered #Wildlife

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Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen // Sponsored by @ikeausa // I never tire of watching polar bears. Here, a young subadult polar bear rests on land while waiting for the sea ice to freeze along the coast of Hudson Bay, Canada. Arctic sea ice has been freezing later each fall and melting earlier each spring, confining bears to land for longer periods of time. Polar bears need sea ice as a platform in order to hunt seals. Our only chance of reversing the loss of sea ice is to reduce our carbon footprint. // A good night's sleep is going extinct. Build your sanctuary today. #SaveOurSleep

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Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Naomi, one of the dedicated keepers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) and one of the very first indigenous Samburu women keepers in Africa, gets a caress from Shaba, @r.e.s.c.u.e's proxy matriarch. Shaba was rescued in November 2016, when poachers shot her mother dead. She arrived traumatized. It took the team a long time to gain her trust, spending day and night talking, singing, offering seed pods and fresh grass, anything they could think of. Then, one day she finally took a bottle and a strong bond was formed. Today, she is instrumental to the sanctuary. She keeps order, teaches the young ones how to forage and navigate steep paths, and, most incredibly, greets every new orphan at the sanctuary with a heartfelt and emotional hello. Follow @amivitale and @r.e.s.c.u.e to learn how you can support this crucial work. @conservationorg @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #protectelephants #elephants #stoppoaching #kenya #worthmorealive

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Photo by Carlton Ward Jr @carltonward | During summer shipping season, ranchers across Florida ride out in the predawn darkness to gather their herds. During the week in July that I spent with the Seminole tribe at their Big Cypress Reservation, the cattle from each morning’s first pasture had already reached the pens well before sunrise. That’s when the real work begins. Some calves are sold to market, some are held back to replenish the herds, others are kept to raise as show calves by students in the 4-H club. Here Seminole ranch foremen Andre Jumper and Bobby Yates sort and part cattle. Jumper, once a linebacker for the FSU Seminoles, said that sorting cattle through the hopper (the funnel before the chute) felt like football practice. Bringing cattle to the pens is also the time to get head counts. Ranchers check numbers against the previous count to know how many calves have been lost, in some cases to coyotes, bears, and panthers. There can be tension with wildlife, but without ranches in Florida there would not be enough habitat to support wide-ranging animals like the endangered Florida panther. We as conservationists need to support policies that allow panthers to be assets to ranchers, not just potential liabilities. In rapidly developing Florida, panthers and ranchers are both endangered species. Investing in the land conservation needed to keep the Florida Wildlife Corridor intact is the best hope for preserving ranches and the continued recovery of the panther. See rare photos of Florida panthers @carltonward. #pathofthepanther @fl_wildcorridor @natgeoimagecollection #seminole #ranch #floridawild #keepflwild

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Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I An image from my Blenheim oaks series. Blenheim Palace was a gift from a grateful nation to General John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, for his victories in battle. Over the years, blasted by lightning or simply toppling over in their senescence, the oaks at Blenheim seem like ancient pachyderms or baobabs clinging to the edge of life. They were originally planted, it is said, as a leafy reminder of a faraway military conquest—to map the configuration of troops at the beginning of the Battle of Blenheim on August 13, 1704. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. #photojournalism #nature #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #lowlight

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Photo by @iantehphotography | My taxi driver during my stay in Linfen, also known as China's coal-capital in 2007, was an ex-coal miner. He would tell me stories about the dangers of the job, worrying everyday if he'd make it back aboveground after a hard day's work in the mines. He wasn't exaggerating, because at that time 80% of the world's coal mining accidents were in China. He took me to his old workplace, and while he caught up with his boss, I was allowed to explore. I walked down past the entrance to the colliery and waited in the dark until I heard footsteps of miners approaching. They were surprised when they saw me—a man in civilian clothes with a pair of cameras. I asked to take their portraits, but I'd need their help in the dark. Moving various workers around my chosen subject, I asked them to shine their head torches directly at their friend as I took this picture of him. They were delighted. After the shot I could hear them chattering excitedly as they continued deep into the dark for another day's work on the coal seams. #coal #mining #climatechange

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