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The sun rises under a dramatic rock arch set against a desert landscape, lake-side trees lie frozen white under the bright winter sky and wild horses’ manes flow in the North Atlantic breeze.
A breathtaking new book by National Geographic showcases stunning photographs highlighting 50 of the Earth’s most pristine, scenic places.
These images – of the world’s most wild, remote, beautiful places – have been captured by National Geographic photographers as they journey across the globe.
The mesmerising shots include sixth century steps carved into a rock 714ft above sea level in Ireland, tire tracks crisscrossing the vast expanses of sand and dunes in the Namib Desert, cowboys riding in Brazil’s tropical wetlands and Argentinian market stalls laden with the colors of the region’s llama and alpaca wool textiles.
Accompanying the images are descriptions as well as practical travel information, with the photographers sharing some of their favourite shots from around the world and explaining how they got them.
Here MailOnline Travel has assembled a selection of some of the most striking landscapes featured in the book called, appropriately, Wild Beautiful Places.
The breathtaking Skellig Islands lie eight miles off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland. The most magnificent of the islands is Skellig Michael, which towers 714ft above sea level. Six hundred and eighteen steep steps remain of those the sixth century Christian monks once carved up to a remarkably well preserved monastic settlement
Yawning chasms, towering mountains, soaring sea cliffs, and iceberg-choked fjords: North America has big landscapes. Pictured: Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, at sunrise
A visitor regards a terrain of vivid colors, created by the activity of the nearby volcano Hekla in Iceland
Tire tracks crisscross the vast, lonely expanses of sand and dunes along the Namib Desert’s Skeleton Coast in Namibia
Massive, jagged rocks seem to defy the laws of gravity at Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in Madagascar. Tsingys are karstic plateaus in which groundwater has undercut the elevated uplands and has gouged caverns and fissures into the limestone
Pantaneiros (‘cowboys’) herd cattle in the Pantanal – an immense tropical wetlands located mainly in western Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul state. Renowned for its wildlife, it is home to hundreds of species of birds, along with fauna like jaguars, caimans and capybaras
In the Jujuy desert in Argentina, the hues and textures of the rolling landscape are phenomena of geology and the elements. Brighter yet are the colors of the region’s llama and alpaca wool textiles, often sold at local markets
Winter turns the falls at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia into icicles, and the still waters of the lakes mirror the white, frosted landscape
Sable Island, barely a strand of earth in the vast North Atlantic, is home to some 500 wild horses. The stocky feral horses are descendants of those released on the island in the late 18th century
Between deep furrows created by the Green and Colorado Rivers over time rise huge mesas, narrow pillars, rock arches, and the lonely upright remnants of long-fallen canyon walls. This rugged terrain is Canyonlands National Park, and at its heart, the two rivers come to a confluence and flow south as the mighty Colorado (right) – just one of the images shown in National Geographic’s book, Wild Beautiful Places (left)