Top Shot: Chasing Waterfalls

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Bruarfoss is a small but unique waterfall in southern Iceland. Photograph by Patrick Stricker.

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The shrinking of the Arctic ice sheet in the upcoming 10th edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World is one of the most striking changes in the publication’s history, geographers say.

The biggest visible change other than the breakup of the U.S.S.R.”

As the ocean heats up due to global warming, Arctic sea ice has been locked in a downward spiral. Since the late 1970s, the ice has retreated by 12 percent per decade, worsening after 2007, according to NASA. May 2014 represented the third lowest extent of sea ice during that month in the satellite record.

Melting ice and sea level rise has changed the world’s map.

Top Shot: Water World

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

A diver explores this cenote in Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Photograph by Fabrice Guerin.

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Top Shot: Snow and Spirit 

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

A nepalese sadhu walks through the snow in the Himalayas at an altitude of over 13,000 feet. Photograph by Dima Chatrov.