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366 days: Images of the year

Disintegrating ice, spectacular sunbursts and minuscule lizards are among 2012’s most striking pictures.

With every moment of our lives seemingly Instagram’d, Facebooked and Twitpic’d, has the power of the photographic image faded like a Polaroid ravaged by sunlight? Not a bit of it. The camera is always on hand to record the wonder of the natural world and the thrill of exploring it. This year it showed us a man falling to Earth faster than the speed of sound; the nightmarish denizens of the deep oceans; and the delicate tracery of a brain’s protective shield. These, and more, are some of Nature’s favourite pictures of 2012.

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Cressey, D., Peplow, M. 366 days: Images of the year. Nature 492, 328–333 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/492328a

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