September 19, 2014

Franz Josef Land, Russia

Photograph by Cory Richards

Nesting amid boulders on scree slopes or cliffs, little auks, like these whirling off the back side of Rubini Rock in Franz Josef Land, sometimes make elliptical circuits—"carousel flights"—above their rookeries. No one knows why. Franz Josef Land is actually 192 islands that make up the northernmost archipelago in the world. Its 6,200-plus square miles are virtually uninhabited.

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