Spectacle : Photographs of the Astonishing

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This exquisite photo collection showcases awe-inducing moments from around the world, including stunning sights such as the aurora borealis, cities made of neon lights, a great wildebeest migration, a contortionist on display--and more.

In life, there are certain events that are as beautiful as they are unforgettable--from a majestic desert standstorm to the secrets of a deep blue ice cave to the world's largest library. These rarely seen moments shock us in their diversity, their complexity, and their epic scale, bringing us the miraculous beauty of our planet. Featuring more than 200 color images from acclaimed National Geographic photographers, this volume presents a dazzling array of natural wonders, unusual phenomena, and amusing curiosities. Each page will enlighten and inspire, presenting our world.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 251 x 251 x 33.02mm | 1,950.45g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1426219687
  • 9781426219689
  • 254,859

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"Can we still be awed by pictures, in a world in which everyone with a cellphone is a documentarian? NatGeo again makes the case that the best photographers have something new and, yes, awe-inspiring to show us." -USATODAY.com

"National Geographic has been known for publishing breathtaking photos for 130 years. Now it has put together 200 of its most spectacular images in a collection chosen by the organization's editors.
The photos depict an array of marvels ranging from a shark feeding frenzy in the depths of the ocean to the blue blaze of burning sulfur to lava during a volcano eruption." -USA Today

"It was common for me to turn the page and be completely blown away." -Doingdeweydecimal.com

"How in the name of Christmas are you going to surprise and delight your friends and family with fun and festive gifts they'll remember forever? ...a breathtaking collection of inspiring photographs curated by National Geographic editors...features more than 200 astounding photographs depicting an array of marvels." -Travel by Entree

"Wow National Geographic has done it again. Another awesome book chock full of beautiful photographs capturing nature, cities, and people. It is simply breathtaking." -A Bookish Way of Life

"There are no words to describe the gorgeous images showcased in this book."
-What is That Book About

"This book is the perfect reminder of just how awe-inspiring the world we live in and the people who live in it can be." -Thoughts from a Highly Caffeinated Mind

"WOW. That's it. Nothing more need be written." -Broken Teepee

"The photographs are so fantastic on their own, that it will be hard to tear your eyes away from them." -Books are My Thing
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About National Geographic

National Geographic cartographers create award-winning maps using state-of-the-art software for cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The results are clear, detailed maps that make map reading fun and informative.
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