National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

Selection of the best photos from the NG for the month of March 2011. [31 Shots]

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

1. Notre-Dame de Paris. Sparks fly during a performance in front of the cathedral of Notre Dame on the island of the Cité. Some of the limestone blocks of the cathedral 12 th century were brought from quarries on the left bank of the Seine. "The history of these pits - the history of the city," - says archaeologist Mark Vireo. (Stephen Alvarez)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

2. The girl in Timbuktu. High heels and no less than high expectations have become popular among girls in the only high school Timbuktu. The rise in the number of female students, which helps scholarship marks Mali attempts to reduce the level of illiteracy in the country, has already reached 74%. (Brent Stirton)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

3. Women in the province of Badakhshan in Afghanistan. "I saw two women on the hillside, they were veiled and not men - says the photographer Lynsey Addari. - In Afghanistan, you rarely see a woman alone. 18-year-old Nur Nisa was pregnant, she just moved away water. Her husband, whose first wife died in childbirth, would take Nur Nisa hospital in Faizabad, the road which takes 4-5 hours. His rental car was broken, and he went after the other. In the end, I drove Noor Nisa, her mom and wife to the hospital where she gave birth to a girl. My translator was a doctor, but I came to Afghanistan to make a report about the problems of mortality in childbirth. It turned out that I need the story waiting for me right on the dusty roads of Afghanistan. " (Lynsey Addario)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

4. Lake Chikuminuk Alaska. Lake Chikuminuk reflects the park Wood Tikchik to 647,497 hectares. This is one of the largest parks in the U.S., is home to five species of trout, as well as moose, caribou and brown bears. (Michael Melford)

5. On the street in Calcutta. Crowded streets of Calcutta with their vendors, pedestrians, and the famous taxi. In the city of 16 million people live, and every day from the suburbs and villages come to the new. In 1975, only three cities in the world could boast of the number of people exceeded 10 million. Today, these cities in 1921, mainly in developing countries. (Randy Olson)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

6. Traces diprotodona in Australia. At the bottom of the drying lake in the Victoria Farmer struck scientists of his discovery in 2007: he found a well-preserved traces diprotodona. Slow the burglar passed this volcanic plains 100 thousand years ago. (Amy Toensing)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

7. Fish in the waters of the Bonin Islands. Hunting for "snacks" on plankton, fish stocks argusovyh family floats on the surface of the subtropical Japanese islands Bonin. Turquoise water is bottled in the evening when the red rays of the sun beginning to fade. (Brian Skerry)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

8. Cave Hang En Vietnam. Going down into the earth, the expedition entered the cave Hang En, formed by the river Rao Thuong. In the dry season the river is a series of several ponds, but during floods it can rise to 91 feet, completely hiding the rocks, where there are people in the photo. (Carsten Peter, National Geographic)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

9. Whooper swan in Hokkaido. Pale, like moonlight, swans spend the night on the frozen part of the Gulf Notsuke. "These birds can not be called timid" - says photographer Stefano Untertiner. In some places, they attract tourists. "For tourism is good, but for themselves swans - not" - Japanese biologists warn. (Stefano Unterthiner)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

10. Bristol Bay, Alaska. "We love our fish!" - Says Inna Bowker, a spokeswoman for the people of Yupik and teacher from Dillingema and fervent opponent of the development of local mineral resources. - Salmon enough, but if you disturb their habitat, it will never come back here. " (Michael Melford)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

11. Figured day gecko. Gecko licking nectar from the flower tree in Mauritius. These rare-eating insect pollinators may be replaced on an island common pollinators, which is not so much fill a niche. (Mark W. Moffett)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

12. Lesson kung fu in China. The boys at school TAGO warm up before the lessons of kung fu. Knowing the basics of art, students choose a style based on personal interests and physical abilities. (Fritz Hoffmann)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

13. Wreck in Key Largo. Plastered with corals and sponges, the bridge of the vessel U.S. Coast Guard attracts shoals of smallmouth ... and divers. The vessel was scuttled in 1987 off the coast of Key Largo for the creation of an artificial reef at a depth of 36 meters. (David Doubilet)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

14. Economy Dinka in the Sudan . The connection between this representative Dinka and his herd is obvious - they are part of his personality and lifestyle. (George Steinmetz)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

15. Forest of pagodas in China. "Deserve the dignity of the battle" - reads the epitaph of two of 231 famous Shaolin monks, in whose honor and raised the forest of pagodas. The number of pagodas in the temple of virtue reflects a monk, here are buried, not only him but also his disciples. (Fritz Hoffmann)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

16. Salute to New York. Unreconstructed northern part of the High Line looks to the west, reaching almost to the Hudson River. The railway company CSX still owns this piece, but the organization «Friends of the High Line» hopes that someday she will be part of the park. If this happens salute in honor of Independence Day can watch this and other New Yorkers, not just the two of the organization. (Diane Cook and Len Jenshel)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

17. The valley of ten thousand streams in Alaska. In this valley stream flows through the canyon through the rock formed by volcanic eruption Novarupta in 1912. Snow-capped mountains Griggs and Katmai (right) are part of the ten active volcanoes surrounding the valley, 160 km south of the Pebble Mine. (Michael Melford)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

18. Flower Gardens Banks, Gulf of Mexico. In Marine Park Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico gas platform supporting steel columns are vertical reef. (David Doubilet)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

19. A shepherd in Israel. Shepherd playing a pipe against the herd of goats grazing near Jerusalem, a few kilometers from the place where David called for their herds. (Greg Girard)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

20. Vietnam Puzata pig in Minnesota. Daisy Mae - a miniature Vietnamese pig - a full-fledged member of the family in a house in West St. Paul, Minnesota. (Vincent J. Musi)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

21. Foam Party in the Crimea. Youth comes off in a nightclub in Sudak. (Gerd Ludwig)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

22. Catacombs in Paris . In a sandy place, known as the "beach" on the wall of French diggers have drawn a wave-style Japanese engraver Hokusai. The establishment of such graffiti may take hundreds of hours, because time is needed not only on the process of drawing, but also for the delivery of necessary materials. (Stephen Alvarez)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

23. Kogershin village in Kazakhstan. Woman milking a mare in Kogershin village in southern Kazakhstan. Recent archaeological research has shown that people are bot of Eurasian power has become the first person to domesticated horses 5500 years ago. (Vincent J. Musi)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

24. Nyiragongo volcano, Congo . Member of the expedition on the cooled lava, turned red by reflection in the shining lake, the volcano Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "Down here is where you feel the volcano - says photographer Carsten Peter. - Do you feel the rumble at low frequencies, the pulsating in your body that you like inside a huge subwoofer. (Carsten Peter)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

25. High Line in New York. Abandoned railroad became a park, known as the High Line. Dense vegetation in its southern end only adds to the contrast with the old steel structures and the silhouette of the city. On the right is the hotel «Standard Hotel» - one of three buildings in the High Line. (Diane Cook and Len Jenshel)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

26. Galikt in Arizona. Galikt vigorously pollinating poisonous flower Palen. During the shaking movements of golden pollen flies from the body of the insect, resulting in pollination of the flower. (Mark W. Moffett)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

27. Maras, Peru. Terraces with pools of mineral water in the Maras salt yield after evaporation, as in the times of the Incas. An ancient community, located close was called Kachi, which is translated from the local dialect means "salt". (Robert Clark)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

28. Sheep and goats in Timbuktu. After a day in the pasture in the desert sheep and goats meekly go for his master in his house on the edge of Timbuktu. Founded by the Tuareg, Timbuktu still consider trading cattle their main source of income. (Brent Stirton)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

29. Accordionist, the Crimean peninsula. Music-making blind accordionist Olesya Kamovich and her friends gather on Sundays in Sevastopol. (Gerd Ludwig)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

30. Master of kung fu. Buddhist monk and master of kung-fu Shi Dejian and his disciples up bags of cement and tile along mountain paths for the construction of a remote building (in background) away from the tourist crowds in the temple of Shaolin. (Fritz Hoffmann)

National Geographic's Best Photos For March 2011

31. Machu Picchu . High in the Peruvian Andes is situated the majestic city of Machu Picchu, with its precisely carved stones and is ideally located stepped terraces - the proof of the skill building of the Incas. (Robert Clark)

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