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Shaping Cape Cod
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Shaping Cape Cod

Winds and wave refraction give the area around Provincetown a distinctive hook shape.

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Settling on the Coast
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Settling on the Coast

Cape Cod is a haven for rocks and people who have washed up on American shores.

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Cape Cod National Seashore
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Cape Cod National Seashore

“A man may stand there and put all America behind him.”

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Cape Horn: A Mariner’s Nightmare
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Cape Horn: A Mariner’s Nightmare

Ferocious winds and huge waves have long made it perilous to navigate around the southernmost tip of South America.

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Provincetown Spit, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Provincetown Spit, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

This astronaut photograph, taken from the International Space Station, shows the northernmost parts of the Cape Cod National Seashore, also known as Provincetown Spit.

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Torres del Paine National Park
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Torres del Paine National Park

Grinding glaciers, freshwater lakes, and granite peaks mingle in this Chilean treasure.

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Southern Patagonia Ice Field
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Southern Patagonia Ice Field

Straddling the southern Andes Mountains in Chile and Argentina, these glaciers have thinned significantly in the past four decades.

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South Africa Tribute
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South Africa Tribute

Nelson Mandela took the long view of his country and world, as does this photo from the space station.

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Northern Patagonian Ice Field, Chile
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Northern Patagonian Ice Field, Chile

The Northern Patagonian Ice Field (NPIF), centered near 47°S, 73.5°W, is the smaller of two remnant ice masses crowning the Andes Mountains of lower South America. The NPIF is a vestige of an extensive ice sheet that covered much of Patagonia just over a million years ago. Today, with its glaciers largely in retreat and only an area of 4,200 sq km, it is still the largest continuous mass of ice outside of the polar regions.

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On the Lookout
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On the Lookout

Long before Cape Lookout National Seashore was declared a national tourist treasure, it was home to an important lighthouse and a commercial port. The park has its 50th anniversary this week.

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The Treacherous and Productive Seas of Southern Africa
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The Treacherous and Productive Seas of Southern Africa

Warm and cool ocean currents collide near South Africa’s Cape Agulhas and Cape of Good Hope.

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South Patagonian Icefield
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South Patagonian Icefield

The weather can often be fierce, but clouds cooperated for this expansive space-based view of the icefield.

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Kilimanjaro’s Shrinking Ice Fields
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Kilimanjaro’s Shrinking Ice Fields

A recent expedition revealed a new rift in Kilimanjaro’s northern ice field.

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Varied Ice Shapes along the Greenland Coast
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Varied Ice Shapes along the Greenland Coast

Acquired March 27, 2010, this natural-color image shows part of the southeastern coast of Greenland, fringed by multiple forms of sea ice: fast ice, multiyear ice fragments, and small pieces of ice shaped into swirls by currents.

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