Deoiling basin at a water purification centre, Marne, France (49°00’ N, 4°20’ E).
Salt formations on the west coast of the Dead Sea, Israel (31°20’ N, 35°25’ E). The Dead Sea, which is 75km long and 15km wide, is the lowest point on the planet, 418 metres below sea level. Its colour, which varies from place to place, is marked by white patches, a sign of its high salt content, nine times higher than the ocean average: no plant or animal life is possible in this part of the valley.
The Athabasca Oil Sands, Fort Mac Murray, Alberta, Canada (57°01’ N, 111°38’ W).
Royal tombs of Wat Phra si Sanphet (Temple of Sanphet), Ayutthaya, Thailand (14°20’ N, 100°34’ E). Ayutthaya, an artiﬁcial island at the conﬂuence of the Chao Phraya, Prasak, and Lopburi rivers, was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam for four centuries, from 1350 to 1767. Its splendor, dynamic culture, and thriving economy dazzled seventeenth-century Europe.
Eroded iceberg in Unartoq Fjord, Greenland (60°28’ N, 45°19’ W). Most of the icebergs drifting in Baffin Bay and the Labrador Sea come from Greenland's West coast. There are about 10 000 to 40 000 of them a year.
Confluence of the río Uruguay and a tributary, Misiones province, Argentina (27°09’ S, 53°56’ W). Drastically cleared to make way for farming, the tropical rainforest of Argentina is now in some areas a less effective defense against erosion than it was in the past.
Roped party of mountaineers climbing Mont Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France (45°50’ N, 6°53’ E). The Alps, which are the largest mountain range in Europe, began forming about 65 million years ago. At 15,765 feet (4,807 m), Mont Blanc is their highest peak.
Landscape of brightly colored fields near Sarraud, Vaucluse, France (44°01’N, 5°24’E). On the Vaucluse plateau, a limestone upland in the east of the departement of Vaucluse, lavender fields blossom under the hot and dry Mediterranean summer weather.
Gardens at the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte, Seine et Marne, France (48°34' N, 2°43' E). The “Turkish carpets”—decorative gardens of boxwood hedges—of the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte were designed by the landscape architect Achille Duchêne in the early 20th century.
Nature reserve, Arguin bank, Gironde, France (44°39’N, 1°15’W). At the mouth of the Arcachon basin, between Cap-Ferret and the Pilat dune (the highest in France, 350 feet, or 106 m, high), the Arguin bank shows through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Punta di Rondinara, South of Porto Vecchio, South Corsica, France
Sand dunes after rain, near Djanet, Sahara, Algeria
Sandbank on the coast of Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia (20°15’ S, 149°01’ E). Uncountable coral islands and islands of continental origin are strew across the narrow corridor which separates Queensland, in the northeast of Australia, from the Great Barrier Reef, situated some 18 miles (30 kilometers) off the mainland.
Ice sculpted by the wind at the summit of Mount Discovery, Antarctica [South pole] (78°18’ S, 164°02’ E). At the summit of this extinct volcano (2 681 m), the snow and the ice are sculpted by the Katabatic winds that blow in the transantarctic mountains.
Planted fields on the banks of the rio Uruguay, Misiones province, Argentina (27°24’ S, 54°24’ W). This province in northeastern Argentina, named for the Jesuit missions founded here between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, was originally covered with tropical forests. For nearly a century, however, European colonists deforested a major portion of the territory in order to exploit the red land, which is rich in iron oxide and very fertile.
Meanders in the Amazon River near Manaus, Brazil (3°10’ S, 60°00’ W). The Amazon is the world’s biggest river in terms of the size of its basin, which covers almost 2.6 million square miles (7 million km2) of land belonging to seven different Latin American countries.
Islands at Siwa oasis, Egypt (29°12’ N, 25°31’ E). The oasis of Siwa was internationally famous long before Alexander the Great visited it in 331 bc, for it was the site of one of the biggest temples of Amen, the most powerful Egyptian god of the time.
Salar de Atacama, Chile (23°18’ S, 68°11’ W). - Only a few pink flamingos disrupt the mineral vista of Salar de Atacama, a dried-out lake whose bottom is covered in salt.
The Jumeirah Palm island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (25°07’N - 55°08’E).
Mountain range in Landmannalaugar, Iceland (63°57’ N, 19°08’ W).
Drying dates in a palm grove south of Cairo, Nile valley, Egypt (29°43’ N, 31°17’ E). Date palms only grow in dry hot environments with some water, like oases. Over 6 million tons of dates are produced in the world a year.
Outline of Birket Maraqi salt lake in the oasis of Siwa, Egypt (29°12’ N, 25°31’ E). Under the burning sun of northwest Egypt, the evaporation of water from the shallower parts of this salt lake has cracked its bed of sand and mud, forming these extremely hard, rounded wrinkles.
Djidji Falls, Ivindo National Park, Ogooué-Ivindo Province, Gabon (0°01’ N, 12°27’ E). - Founded in 2002, this national park stretches more than 740,000 acres across the plateaus of eastern Gabon. The park is crossed by the Djidji and Ivindo Rivers (the latter is one of the principal tributaries of the Ogooué) at elevations of 985 to 2,500 ft (1,585 to 4,023 m).
Coral reef in Neuika, New Caledonia, France (22°23’ S, 167°06’ E). The string of coral reefs surrounding the sky-blue lagoon of New Caledonia is threatened.
Meteora Monastery, Thessaly, Greece (39°46’ N, 21°36’ E). - From the northeastern part of the Thessalian plain rise the Meteora, sandstone peaks sculpted by river erosion during the Tertiary period. Monks established themselves there during the eleventh century, seeking solitude on the summits of these rocky towers.
Blue Lagoon, near Grindavik, Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland (63°53’ N, 22°27’ W).
Waste from a marble exploitation near Kishangarh, Rajasthan, India (26°35’ N, 74°51’ E). Rajasthan is a major marble extraction region and is known for the quality and diversity of its marble.
Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India (24°35’ N, 73°41’ E). Founded in 728, the city of Udaipur reached its golden age when the Maharajah Udai Singh II made it the capital of Mewar in 1567.
Salt formations on the west coast of the Dead Sea, Israel (31°20’ N, 35°25’ E). The Dead Sea, which is 75km long and 15km wide, is the lowest point on the planet, 418 metres below sea level.
Taj Mahal, in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India (27°10’N, 78°03’E). The Taj Mahal was built between 1632 and 1653
Islet in the terraced rice fields of Bali, Indonesia (8°22’ S, 115°08’ E). The Balinese, organized into subaks (farming cooperatives), have exploited the volcanic landscape and the approximately 150 watercourses of their island by building a vast irrigation network, allowing them to grow rice.
Motorway interchange near the Yokohama port, Honshu, Japan (35°27’ N, 139°41’ E). Since it was linked to Tokyo by the railway in 1872, the small fishing port of Yokohama has not stopped growing. It is now the largest international Japanese port and the second largest city in the country after the capital.
Inishmore cliffs, Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland (53°07’ N, 9°45’ W). Off the Irish coast, the Aran Islands-Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer-which has 90 m cliffs, protects Galway Bay from the Atlantic Ocean's rough winds and currents.
Church of Mary Magdalene, Jerusalem, Israel and The Palestinian Territories (31°47’ N, 35°14’ E).
Countryside around Siena, Tuscany, Italy (43°19’ N, 11°19’ E). - Located along the Tyrrhenian Sea in Central Italy, Tuscany is one of the peninsula’s most beautiful regions and owes part of its reputation to its hills.
Gardens created in the middle of the Wadi Rum desert, Jordan (29°33' N, 35°39' E). This garden of water, made up of interlacing canals and ponds in the middle of the desert is certainly the whim of a very rich man because the kingdom of Jordan is facing a serious water crisis.
Boat on the Dead Sea near a potash plant, Al Karak region, Jordan (30°50’N, 35°30’ E). The Dead Sea, a landlocked body of water measuring 47 by 9 miles (75 by 15 km), is the lowest point on the planet, at 1,337.8 feet (408 m) below sea level. It greenish color is streaked with white because of its high salt content—nine times greater than the average found in the oceans.
Grounded boat, Aral sea, Aralsk region, Kazakhstan (46°39’N, 61°11’E). When the Aral sea, shared by Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan was still the fourth largest endorheic lake (or inland sea) on Earth, it covered 66 500 km2.
Crater near Ilhara, Anatolia, Turkey (38°13’N, 34°18’E). The chain of volcanoes in Anatolia takes up 8 percent of the land in Turkey. One of them is the Hasan Dagi, which is situated not far from Ilhara, and is a gently sloping volcanic cone rising to a height of 3,268 meters (10,700 feet).
Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone national park, Wyoming, United States (44°27’ N, 110°51’ W). Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the world. It was created in 1872 and is located on a volcanic plateau that sits astride Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
Fisherman on lake Kossou, near Bouaflé, Ivory Coast (7°07’ N, 5°40’ W). Lake Kossou, which covers 1 500 km2 in the centre of the Ivory Coast, is an artificial water impoundment conceived to regulate the Bandama River's rate of flow, and more precisely, to produce electricity.
White horse of Uffington, Oxfordshire, England (51°34’N, 1°34’W). This 365-foot-long (111 m) silhouette of a horse carved into the chalky side of a hill in the county of Oxfordshire, west of London, stands out clearly downhill from the ruins of Uffington castle. Its similarity to the designs on ancient coins suggest that it is the work of Celts during Iron Age, from around 100 BC.
The Peace Tents: a project by the artist Clara Halter in Jerusalem, Israel (31°46’ N, 35°14’ E) .
General view of a Himba village enclosure, Kunene region, Namibia (18°15’ S, 13°00’ E). From the master hut, the village chief watches over the sacred fire adjacent to the kraal , or animal enclosure. The other villagers live in smaller huts, consisting of a frame of branches covered by a mixture of mud and cow dung.
Bank of a river in Etosha National Park, Namibia (18°43’ S, 15°33’ E). From the sky, the salt deposits that have accumulated in the crevices of the banks of this lake in the Etosha national park, in Namibia look like surprising shapes of plants or fanciful animals
View of Venice, Veneto, Italy (45°25’ N, 12°45’ E). Venice is an archipelago of 118 islands separated by 160 canals straddled by over 400 bridges
Wat Phra Doi Suthep above the city of Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai region, Thailand (18°47’N, 98°59’E). Today Chiang Mai is the capital of Thailand’s mountainous northern region, and the country’s second city.
The Jumeirah Palm island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (25°07’N, 55°08’E).
Gorge Bras de Caverne on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean.
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