International Parks and UNESCO Sites

A Meeting of Ice and Dunes
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A Meeting of Ice and Dunes

Shadows accentuate the topography in and around Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur in Mongolia.

Published Sep 13, 2021

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Spotlight on the Galápagos Islands
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Spotlight on the Galápagos Islands

Sunglint helps tease out features that are not often visible.

Published Sep 5, 2021

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Venezuela’s Flat-Topped Mountains
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Venezuela’s Flat-Topped Mountains

Decorated with steep cliffs and impressive waterfalls, Canaima National Park is biologically and geologically unique.

Published Jul 13, 2021

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A Swampy Home for Shoebills
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A Swampy Home for Shoebills

Zambia’s Bangweulu wetlands make ideal hunting grounds for this distinctive bird species.

Published Jun 5, 2021

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Saint Petersburg Keeps the Sea at Bay
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Saint Petersburg Keeps the Sea at Bay

A city full of cultural, historical, and architectural riches has gone to great lengths to protect itself from floods.

Published May 10, 2021

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Kutch’s Coral Reefs
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Kutch’s Coral Reefs

The Gulf of Kutch is home to India’s first national marine reserve.

Published May 8, 2021

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Hingol National Park
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Hingol National Park

With its rocky terrain, mountain caves, and beautiful beaches, Hingol National Park is one of the natural wonders of Pakistan.

Published May 1, 2021

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A Short Journey to the Center of the Earth
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A Short Journey to the Center of the Earth

A geologist’s dream, Gros Morne National Park is one of the few places where you can set foot on the Earth's mantle without digging an inch.

Published Feb 12, 2021

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Where the Dunes End
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Where the Dunes End

Namibia’s sea of sand is bounded on its northern side by the impermanent Kuiseb River.

Published Jan 2, 2020

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Lake Urmia
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Lake Urmia

This shallow, saline lake in Iran is one of the largest in the Middle East. But drought and water withdrawals for farming are shrinking it.

Published Aug 4, 2014

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Revisiting Bikini Atoll
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Revisiting Bikini Atoll

Sixty years ago, operation Castle Bravo unleashed the unexpectedly potent power of a hydrogen bomb on a small island chain in the western Pacific.

Published Mar 1, 2014

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El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, Mexico
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El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

Shrubs, dunes, mangroves, and salt mines mingle in this picture of a wildlife reserve midway down the Baja California Peninsula.

Published Mar 25, 2012

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Tassel n’Ajjer National Park
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Tassel n’Ajjer National Park

Part of the Sahara Desert, the rocky plateau is rich in geologic and human history.

Published Mar 27, 2011

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Great Blue Hole, Belize
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Great Blue Hole, Belize

A vertical cave in Belize’s Lighthouse Reef Atoll comprises a popular diving site known as the Great Blue Hole. The Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 satellite captured an image of the Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef in March 2009.

Published Apr 3, 2009

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Shiretoko National Park
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Shiretoko National Park

Hokkaido’s Shiretoko Peninsula provides mostly temperate Japan with a taste of the Arctic.

Published Aug 13, 2006

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