Svalbard Archipelago, Norway
Photograph by Nick Cobbing, National Geographic Creative
In temperatures that plunged to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, Norwegian research vessel R.V. Lance spent six months tethered to floating sea ice near the Svalbard archipelago to study how it behaves in the Arctic. Unlike most Arctic expeditions, the Lance conducted its study during the winter months.
Photograph by Modoc Stories, Aurora Photos
The islands of Indonesia are known for their volcanic activity, but Sumatra is known just as well for its tea production. In large part due to its rich volcanic soil, Indonesia is one of the ten biggest tea-producing nations in the world.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic Creative
Since it was first lit in 1909, Neist Point Lighthouse on Scotland’s Isle of Skye has helped guide ships to safe passage around the steep cliffs it sits upon. The 140-foot (43-meter) tower is one of the most iconic lighthouses in Scotland, and walking tours of the area provide spectacular views.
Lancaster Sound, Canada
Photograph by Ralph Lee Hopkins, National Geographic Creative
Two polar bear cubs engage in a wrestling match on an ice floe in Lancaster Sound in Nunavut, Canada. It is estimated that approximately 2,000 of the animals live in the area, a number that has been in decline for decades.
Photograph by Gerd Ludwig, National Geographic Creative
This bumper car track was part of an amusement park in Pripyat, Ukraine. Along with the rest of the city, it is now an abandoned relic. Pripyat is a ghost town, left behind in the wake of the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl power plant, located just a few miles away. From the time of its founding in 1970 until it was evacuated on April 27, 1986, the “nuclear city”—built to serve the nearby power plant—had grown to a population of nearly 50,000.
Photograph by Erika Skogg, National Geographic Creative
Chefchaouen, a city in northwestern Morocco, is one of the most colorful cities in the world. Positioned at the foot of the Rif Mountains, the city of approximately 35,000 people is known for its blue-splashed walls and red-tiled roofs.
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