National Geographic has a long history of bringing the world into our readers’ homes and inspiring them to get out and explore their own. This year was no different–from smouldering volcanoes in Indonesia to intricate crop circles in England to awe-inspiring root bridges in India, we took our readers around the globe to experience unique stories in striking destinations. Here are our favourite photos captured this year.
Every day, miners hike up Ijen’s 9,000-foot slopes under the cover of darkness before descending another 914 metres into the crater to mine sulphur or "devil's gold." Through the toxic fumes and heat, they chip away at the hardened blocks and carry 68 to 90-kilogram loads back up the crater twice a day, earning an average of five dollars per trip.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREA FRAZZETTA, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
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