Corals, Kingman Reef- Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic
Shallow-water corals in Kingman Reef: The remoteness of the Line Islands Kingman Reef, which barely breaks the ocean’s surface, has kept it relatively unspoiled and removed from the overfishing and pollution affecting more easily reached locales. Within Kingman’s massive lagoon, water quality is exceptional, allowing reef systems to thrive.
Emerald Lake, Canada- Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic
Tree branches meet over a driveway lined with purple flowers in Vicksburg, Mississippi.