The Marble Caves of Patagonia, South America.

Patagonia.
A photo of the marble caves of Patagonia.
It won the honourable mention prize in the nature category of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.
See all the winners in the National Geographic gallery.
Image Credit: Photograph by Clane Gessel/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.
Source: A tiger shark and a selfie with the Pope: today’s unmissable photos | News | The Guardian

Fireworks over Atlético Mineiro, Brazil.

There was a firework display above the Estádio Independência in Belo Horizonte, Brazil to entertain fans before the Copa Libertadores match between Atlético Mineiro and Internacional. Leonardo Silva equalised in the last minute of the game to grab a 2-2 draw for the home side.
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The firework display before the match between Atlético Mineiro and Internacional as part of the Copa Libertadores at Independencia Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Photograph: Pedro Vilela/Getty Images
via Sport picture of the day: fireworks at Atlético Mineiro | Football | The Guardian.

Bob and his little mates, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

CaptureBob the golden retriever and his little bird mates rest together in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Bob and his birdy mates live in São Paulo which is a cosmopolitan, melting pot city, home to the largest Italian, Arab and Japanese diasporas in Brazil.
via This Dog Befriended a Menagerie Picture | Animal Kingdom’s Odd Couples – ABC News.

Astronomer’s Paradise, Atacama Desert, Chile.

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The Milky Way and moon illuminate a lone tree in the Atacama Desert, Chile. (© Nicholas Buer/Corbis)
by Govert Schilling
The view through the eyepiece of the telescope is breathtaking. Like tiny diamonds on black velvet, countless sparkling stars float against a fathomless backdrop of empty space. “This is Omega Centauri,” says astronomer Alain Maury, who runs a popular tourist observatory just south of San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile.
“To the naked eye, it looks like a fuzzy star, but the telescope reveals its true nature: a huge, globular cluster of hundreds of thousands of stars, almost 16,000 light-years away.” I could take in this mesmerizing view for hours, but Maury’s other telescopes are trained at yet more cosmic wonders.
There’s just too much to see.
Chile is an astronomer’s paradise.
The country is justly famous for its lush valleys and snowcapped volcanoes, but its most striking scenery may be overhead. It is home to some of the finest places on Earth to enjoy the beauty of the starry sky.
If there’s one country in the world that really deserves stellar status, it’s Chile.
If you live in a city, as I do, you probably don’t notice the night sky at all. Yes, the moon is visible at times, and maybe you can see a bright planet like Venus every now and then, but that’s about it.
Most people are hard-pressed to recognize even the most familiar constellations, and they’ve never seen the Milky Way.
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Read on via An Astronomer’s Paradise, Chile May Be the Best Place on Earth to Enjoy a Starry Sky | Travel | Smithsonian.

The Maned Wolf of South America.

Maned Wolf
The maned wolf is the largest canid in South America, resembling a large fox with reddish fur.
This mammal is found in open and semi-open habitats, especially grasslands with scattered bushes and trees throughout South America.
The maned wolf is the tallest of the wild canids and it’s long legs are most likely an adaptation to the tall grasslands of its native habitat.
Source: 20+ Strange Animals You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Asurini do Tocantins Man, The Amazon, Brazil.

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In Brazil, there are about 240 tribes, totalling about 900,000 people and 0.4% of the population.
In the 514 years since Europeans arrived, tribal peoples have experienced genocide on a huge scale, and the theft of most of their land.
Photograph: Giordano Cipriani /Survival International
See more via Indigenous peoples – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.