<p>Snowcapped and shrouded in clouds, the Southern Alps create a stunning vista in New Zealand. A tumult of peaks that run like a jagged spine through the South Island, the Southern Alps got their name from Capt. James Cook, who first spied the chain in 1770.</p>

Southern Alps, New Zealand

Snowcapped and shrouded in clouds, the Southern Alps create a stunning vista in New Zealand. A tumult of peaks that run like a jagged spine through the South Island, the Southern Alps got their name from Capt. James Cook, who first spied the chain in 1770.

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

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