1. Nanga Parbat (“Naked Mountain”), in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. With a summit elevation of 8,126 metres (26,660 ft), the mountain is the ninth-highest mountain in the world. It was first climbed in 1953.

    Photograph: Waqas Usman


  2. An Antonov An-124 belonging to Polet Airlines on final approach to Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, Russia. The An-124 was designed for strategic lift capability and remains among the largest operating cargo aircraft.

    Photograph: Sergey Kustov


  3. The White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae, shown in non-breeding plumage) is a relatively small heron that is common throughout most of Australasia. First described by John Latham in 1790, adults range in size from 60 to 70 centimetres (24 to 28 in) in length.

    Photograph: JJ Harrison


  4. Three types of nail clippers, used to cut finger- and toenails as part of grooming. The left is in the plier style, while the centre and right cutters are in the compound lever style. Like most clippers on the market, these three are made of stainless steel.

    Photograph: Evan-Amos


  5. Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556, depicted in 1545) was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of three monarchs. Ascending to power during the reign of Henry VIII, under Edward VI he was able to promote a series of reforms in the Church of England. He was executed for treason under Mary I.

    Painting: Gerlach Flicke


  6. The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis, ssp. tippelskirchi shown here) is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. There are nine subspecies, which are distinguished by their coat patterns. Fully grown giraffes stand 5–6 m (16–20 ft) tall, with males taller than and weighing nearly twice as much as females. The giraffe’s scattered range extends from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east. Giraffes usually inhabit savannas, grasslands, and open woodlands. Their primary food source is acacia leaves, which they can browse at heights which most other herbivores cannot reach.

    Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim


  7. A panoramic view of the Paris business district of La Défense, which includes the cities of Puteaux, Courbevoie and Nanterre, as seen from the Tour Défense 2000. The area holds many of the Paris urban area's tallest high-rises. With its 77.5 acres (314,000 m2), its 72 glass-and-steel slick buildings including 14 high-rises above 150 m (490 ft), its 180,000 daily workers, and 3.5 million m2 (37.7 million sq ft) of office space, La Défense is Europe’s largest purpose-built business district.

    Photo: Dimitri Destugues


  8. The Thames Barrier, the world’s second-largest movable flood barrier, as seen from Silvertown on the north bank of the River Thames during normal operation, looking across to New Charlton. The barrier is located downstream of central London and its purpose is to prevent London from being flooded by exceptionally high tides and storm surges moving up from the sea. It needs to be raised (closed) only during high tide; at ebb tide it can be lowered to release the water that backs up behind it.

    Photo: David Iliff


  9. A sketch of a longnose sawshark (Pristiophorus cirratus), a species of sawshark found in the eastern Indian Ocean around southern Australia on the continental shelf at depths of between 40 and 310 m (130 and 1,020 ft). It is a medium-sized shark with a saw-like flattened snout which measures up to thirty percent of its body size.

    Artist: William Buelow Gould


  10. A 1905 photograph of the Executive Mansion, the official residence of the Governor of Virginia. Designed by Alexander Parris and completed in 1813, it is the oldest occupied governor’s mansion in the United States. It is both a Virginia and a National Historic Landmark, and has had a number of successive renovations and expansions during the 20th century.

    Photo: Detroit Publishing Co.; Restoration: Jbarta