Photograph by Berthold Steinhilber, LAIF/Redux
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In Bodie, California, abandoned buildings and a rusted-out 1937 Chevy glow eerily in this hour-long exposure. The former gold-mining town—designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961—is preserved in a state of arrested decay.
Photograph by Berthold Steinhilber, LAIF/Redux

The Most Stunning Visions of Earth

See phenomenal photos of the world's wonders from the September 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine.

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United States Like will-o’-the-wisps on a humid summer night, male blue ghost fireflies illuminate the woods near Brevard, North Carolina. This image was made by digitally stitching together more than 300 30-second exposures spanning four hours.
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China In this vertiginous view of Hong Kong, low clouds race above the Quarry Bay neighborhood, reflecting the city lights below. Most of the 18- to 20-story residential buildings in this shot were erected in 1972.
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