<p><i>Visions of Earth</i> showcases the beauty, majesty, and wonder of the world around us and pays tribute to the photographers who capture its essence. In this gallery, see a selection of stunning scenes from the new National Geographic book, and decorate your desktop with your favorite images.</p> <p>Here, in Dubai, natural and man-made electricity illuminate the night. As jagged needles of lightning darn an overcast sky, the sail-shaped, 1,053-foot-tall (321-meter) Burj Al Arab hotel glows green on the edge of the Persian Gulf.</p> <p><i>(From the National Geographic book</i> Visions of Earth<i>)</i></p> <p><a href="http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=6200883&amp;code=NG20349">Buy the book <i>Visions of Earth</i> »</a><br> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp6V1JJanjw">Watch a video of highlights from the book »</a><br> <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/visions-of-earth/visions-earth-2011">See more pictures in our monthly Visions of Earth feature » </a></p>

Lightning, Dubai

Visions of Earth showcases the beauty, majesty, and wonder of the world around us and pays tribute to the photographers who capture its essence. In this gallery, see a selection of stunning scenes from the new National Geographic book, and decorate your desktop with your favorite images.

Here, in Dubai, natural and man-made electricity illuminate the night. As jagged needles of lightning darn an overcast sky, the sail-shaped, 1,053-foot-tall (321-meter) Burj Al Arab hotel glows green on the edge of the Persian Gulf.

(From the National Geographic book Visions of Earth)

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Photograph by Maxim Shatrov, Your Shot

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