PHOTOGRAPHS BY GAVIN JOHN

 

Selected photographs of spectacular places

 

 

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is located mainly, that is to say approximately 96%, in the U.S. state of Wyoming, with the remaining 4% edging into the states of Montana and Idaho. Created in 1872 it is held to be the world’s first national park. It has been designated an International Biosphere Reserve and a UN World Heritage Site.

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Parque Nacional de Los Glaciares

Parque Nacional de Los Glaciares

Parque Nacional de Los Glaciares is Argentina’s second largest national park and forms part of South America’s Patagonia region. It covers an area of 726,927 hectares (1,796,212 acres). It was established in 1937 and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.

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Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park

Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is located in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is 440 kilometres (270 mls) south-west of Alice Springs. The park covers 1,326 square kilometres (512 sq mls) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It includes Uluru, formerly Ayers Rock, and Kata Tjuta, formerly The Olgas, and is regarded as the spiritual heart of Australia’s Red Centre

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Annapurna Sanctuary

Annapurna Sanctuary

The Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin in central Nepal. This oval plateau sits at an altitude of over 4,000 metres (13,123 ft) and is surrounded by a ring of mountains, the Annapurna Range, most of which are over 7,000 metres (22,966 ft). Because of difficult access through a narrow pass the area was not visited by outsiders until 1956 but it is now the base of one of the major routes to the peaks. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project was established in 1986 in an attempt to limit the damage done by visitors while protecting the traditional rights of the local inhabitants.

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Namib-Naukluft National Park

Namib-Naukluft National Park

The Namib-Naukluft National Park lies on the coast of Namibia in South-West Africa. It is the largest game park in Africa, covering 49,216 km² (19,216 sq mls). Its dominant feature is the Namib, meaning ‘open space’, a massive coastal desert that runs the length of the country. The sand dunes which make up this desert are up to 300 metres (980 ft) high and extend for 32 kilometres (20 mls). It is the second largest dune system in the world. It is the world’s oldest desert and its vast age has allowed the iron in the sand to oxidise to a deep rusty, burnt orange.

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Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park lies in northern Namibia on the south-west coast of Africa. Etosha means ‘place of dry water’ and it is a huge salt pan of about 5000 km² (1900 sq mls) which is the dominant feature of the park, taking up 23% of its total area. It was first recorded by Europeans in 1851. Beyond its perimeter is a diverse landscape of mainly savanna grasslands and woodlands dominated by acacia species. The area was proclaimed a game reserve in 1907 during the time when it was under German rule. It was elevated to the status of National Park in 1967 by the Republic of South Africa which by then administered South-West Africa.

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MOUNTAINS

 

Annapurna Sanctuary
Mount Everest, Nepal
Mount Cook, New Zealand
Denali, Alaska
Mount Fitz Roy, Argentina
Mount Rundle, Canada

 

 

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Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness

Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness

The 112,500 acre (455 km²) Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness is located in northern Arizona and Southern Utah, USA, within the arid Colorado region. In 2000 the area was incorporated into the new and larger Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. The wilderness is composed of broad plateaus, tall escarpments and deep canyons created by wind and water eroding the native sedimentary rock.

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Nambung National Park

Nambung National Park

Nambung National Park lies on the coast of Western Australia roughly 200 kilometres north of Perth and covers an area of 17, 487 hectares (43,209.7 acres). The Yued people are the traditional custodians of the region and in their language Nambung means ‘crooked’ or ‘winding’, a reference to the Nambung River that drains into the area.

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DESERTS

 

Death Valley National Park
Salar de Uyuni
Lake Eyre National Park
Laguna Caliente ~ Atacama Desert
Nambung National Park
Pinnacles Desert

 

 

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Lauca National Park

Lauca National Park

Lauca National Park is located in Chile’s far north, in the Andean range. It covers an area of 1,379 km² (532.4 sq mls) of altiplano and mountains, the latter consisting mainly of enormous volcanos, many of them over 6,000 metres (19,685 ft) high.

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Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Glacier is in the US state of Alaska. It is 27 miles (43 km) long by 4 miles (6.4 km) wide and is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States. It is just two hours’ drive north east of Anchorage and can be seen from many points along the road.

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GLACIERS

 

Spegazzini Glacier, Patagonia
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Malaspina Glacier, Alaska
Matanuska Glacier, Alaska
Viedma Glacier, Patagonia
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

 

 

The Altiplano

The Altiplano

The Altiplano (Spanish for ‘high plain’) lies in the Central Andes, mostly in Bolivia and Peru, while its southern parts stretch into Chile and Argentina. It is the most extensive area of high plateau on earth outside Tibet. Its height averages 3,750 metres (12,300 ft). It is dominated by several large active volcanoes, most of them over 6,000 metres (19,685 ft) high. The area is also home to the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, and to the largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni. Several cities lie within the area including La Paz, the administrative seat of Bolivia, and Cusco the centre of the Inca Empire, which existed from the early 13th century until 1572 when it was conquered by the Spanish.

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Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park occupies the southwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand. Established in 1952 it is over 1.2 million hectares (2,965,159.3 acres) in size and is now a major part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site, created in 1990.

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VOLCANOES

 

Haleakala Hawaii
Red Crater, Tongariro ~ New Zealand
Krakatoa, Indonesia
Mount Rainier, USA
Kilauea Hawaii
Crater Lake, USA

 

 

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Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert is a plateau in South America covering a 1,000 kilometre (600 ml) strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains. It lies mainly in northern Chile. It is the driest non-polar desert in the world. The Atacama Desert proper is estimated to occupy 105,000 square kilometres (41,000 sq mls). Roughly another 20,000 square kilometres (7,722.6 sq mls) can be added if the barren lower slopes of the Andes are included. Most of the desert is composed of stony terrain, salt lakes, sand, and highly viscous felsic lava. Among the volcanic craters of El Tatio, sitting at an altitude of 4,200 metres (13, 779.5 ft), geysers and hot springs are a feature of the landscape.

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Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park is located on the island of Maui in the US state of Hawaii. It covers an area of 33,265 acres (134.62 km²) of which over half is wilderness. It was first created a national park in 1916 as part of a larger park but was given separate status in 1961. It was designated an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980. The name Haleakalā is Hawaiian for ‘house of the sun’, and according to local legend, the demigod, Maui, imprisoned the sun here in order to lengthen the day.

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FORESTS

 

Kakadu, Australia
Acadia, USA
Sequoia National Park, USA
Grand Tetons, USA
Yellowstone, USA
Yosemite, USA

 

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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon situated on Navajo land in the US state of Arizona. In 1997 it was declared a Navajo Tribal Park and can only be visited through guided tours. Antelope Canyon includes two separate sections, referred to as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon of The Corkscrew. A long time ago, herds of pronghorn antelope roamed freely in Antelope Canyon giving rise to the English name. The local Navajo names are more descriptive. Their name for the upper canyon translates as ‘the place where water runs through rocks’; and for the lower, ‘spiral rock arches’.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is in the US state of Hawai’I, on the island of Hawai’i. It was first established in 1916 in conjunction with the Haleakalā National Park but the two were split into separate parks in 1960. It now covers an area of 323,431 acres (505.36 sq mls; 1,308.88 km²). It was designated as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980 and a World Heritage Site in 1987.

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Photographs & Website – Gavin John, Text – Sylvia Black