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This Year’s Winning Washington Post Traveler Contest Photos Are Stunning

Didn’t get to travel much this summer? Pending your persuasion, the winners of this year’s Washington Post travel photo contest will ease — or encourage — your wanderlust. The national newspaper just announced this year’s winners, with judges selecting three winning photos, along with ten honorable mentions.

Dick Snyder captured what the Post considered to be the best travel photo, depicting Cannon Beach in greyscale (above). The black and white photography enthusiast had the award-winning photo printed on metal to make the landscape really pop. Second place went to Hadi Dimachkieh, who snapped a stunning shot of aquamarine glacier bits on a 10-day trip to Iceland (below).

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Greenland’s (Disappearing) Coast Looks Out Of This World

Coast Of Greenland

While beautiful, Greenland’s majestic natural features have the potential to cause a lot of grief if we’re not careful. In February 2006, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported that glaciers in Greenland are melting twice as fast as they were in the previous five years – and losing more ice volume than anyone expected.

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After The Storm: New Orleans 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina From Space

Hurricane Katrina as seen from space. Source: SMS Ranjish

Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina swept over the Gulf Coast and shredded communities from Louisiana to Florida. Emergency response to the crisis was badly bungled, and the post-storm recovery has had some unexpected effects on the area. As one of the costliest disasters in American history, Hurricane Katrina revealed quite a lot about our priorities, and how American society does—and doesn’t—work. The decade after the storm, as New Orleans and its surroundings have worked to rebuild, reveals even more.

The Storm

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This Ancient Chinese Stone Forest Will Take You By Surprise

There is an ancient forest in southern China where thousands of limestone rock formations press upward from the earth. Trees dot the stone landscape, adding bursts of greenery to an otherwise grey scene. Located about 50 miles from Kunming, the provincial capital of the Yunnan Province, China’s Stone Forest remains one of the country’s most visited locations–and it’s not hard to see why.

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