Niagara Falls, Canada
Photograph by Chris Rainier, National Geographic
Water rushes over Horseshoe Falls, one of the three falls that make up world-famous Niagara Falls. The waterfalls straddle the border between Canada and the United States; Horseshoe is on the Canadian side, in the province of Ontario. Every 60 seconds, six million cubic feet of water rushes over the falls—enough water to fill a million bathtubs each minute.
Durga Puja Festival, Kolkata
Photograph by Rupak De Chowdhuri, Reuters
Artist Rintu Das, 40, applies finishing touches to an idol of the Hindu goddess Durga before the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. The festival, which this year was celebrated from October 11 to 14, is the biggest religious event for Bengali Hindus. Hindus believe that the goddess Durga symbolizes power and the triumph of good over evil.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Photograph by Orsolya Haarberg, National Geographic
Norway's 63,000-mile coastline boasts otherworldly fjords, bays, and islands. Here, the towering peaks of Norway’s Lofoten Islands make Kirkefjorden seem a world unto itself.
Coral Reef, Maldives
Photograph by WaterFrame/Alamy
Sea anemones, anemonefish, and corals create a Technicolor scene at Ari Atoll in the Maldives. Cast across the Indian Ocean, the Asian nation consists of 16 major atolls, each a ring of reefs around a lagoon.
Hang Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
Photograph by Ryan Deboodt, National Geographic Your Shot
After two days of trekking, a group of cavers rests at the first camp inside Hang Son Doong in central Vietnam. Hidden in rugged Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park near the border with Laos, the 2.5-mile cave is part of a network of 150 or so caves, many still not surveyed, in the Annamite Mountains.
Photograph by Emanuele Siracusa, National Geographic Your Shot
The ancient city of Ragusa glows during the "blue hour" of twilight. First settled in the second millennium B.C., the Sicilian town was destroyed by earthquake in 1693 and rebuilt with many baroque buildings.
Photograph by Mikhail Trakhtenberg, National Geographic Your Shot
Rich fall colors line the banks of a quiet river in Satka, Russia. The small town is on the western slope of the Ural Mountains, which mark the geographical divide between Europe (to the west) and Asia (to the east).
National Library of China, Beijing
Photograph by Tian-yu Xiong, National Geographic Your Shot
Nearly every seat is filled at the National Library of China in Beijing, which has more than 24 million items—including 35,000 pieces of scripted turtle shells—in its collection. At 1.8 million square feet of total floor area, it's touted as the fifth largest library in the world.
Ward Charcoal Ovens, Nevada
Photograph by Royce Bair, National Geographic Your Shot
In operation between 1876 and 1879, Nevada's Ward Charcoal Ovens—here glowing with filtered lights that simulate functioning ovens—were built to produce charcoal from pinyon pine and juniper. In the years following, the ovens are said to have served as shelters for workmen and hideouts for stagecoach bandits. Today they're the main attraction in Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park.
Banff National Park, Canada
Photograph by Jonathan Irish, National Geographic
Morning mist rolls in over Moraine Lake, one of several glacial lakes in Alberta's Banff National Park. There are more than a thousand glaciers in the park, plus the highest town in Canada (Banff), the largest cave system in the country (Castleguard Caves), and several national historic sites.
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