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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

National Geographic’s Top 10 Pictures From 2007

1) Giant Crystal Cave Comes to Light
Crisscrossed with gems up to 36 feet (11 meters) long, Mexico’s Cave of Crystals looks like nothing so much as Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.
That otherworldly appeal—which helped make the cave gallery our fifth most viewed of 2007—is a big reason we still get the occasional email accusing us of propagating a hoax.

2) ''Toygers'' vs. Tigers
It's the closest thing to owning a miniature tiger without inventing a shrink ray. Meet the ''toyger,'' star of National Geographic News's tenth most viewed picture gallery of 2007—and see how the breed stacks up against its wilder feline cousins.

3) ''Mummified'' Dinosaur Unveiled
See the mostly intact 67-million-old dinosaur that was revealed in December and quickly became the main attraction in National Geographic News's ninth most viewed gallery of 2007.

4) Best Science Images of 2007 Honored
Depictions of the inner workings of the human nose (shown here), a striking seaweed, and ribbon-like metal are just some of the winners of the 2007 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

5)8-Foot Giant Catfish Caught in Cambodia
National Geographic News obtained exclusive pictures of a rare, 450-pound (200-kilogram) Mekong giant catfish captured and released in November.
The catfish gallery went on to become our seventh most viewed of 2007. The catfish itself was reportedly the only Mekong giant caught all year—a bad sign, according to a scientist on the scene.
They also won eighth place in National Geographic News's ranking of our most viewed photo galleries of the year.
The 3.5-ton beast is already rewriting theories of how dinos moved and what they looked like, scientists say.

6) Rare "Prehistoric" Shark Photographed Alive
Flaring gills, three-pointed teeth, and an eel-like body make the frilled shark look like a living fossil. So when a fisher spotted one off Japan in January 2007, he knew he had something special. National Geographic News readers apparently agreed—this gallery was our sixth most viewed of the year.

7)Weird Deep-Sea Creatures Found in Atlantic
A fearsome viperfish, a jewel squid, and an invisible amphipod were among the eccentric animals found in 2007 on a deep-sea mountain range.
But the show was stolen by Teuthowenia megalops here—or, as the Cute overload blog called it, Eddie McBlobbules, "the inside-out-seahorse-in-a-ball-nerd of the deep."

8)Bear-Size Catfish, Half-Ton Stingrays Among World's ''Monster'' Fishes
The 7-foot-long (220-centimeter) Mississippi paddlefish shown here are among the world's biggest freshwater creatures—and they're two of the stars of our third most viewed gallery of 2007.
The National Geographic Society-funded Megafishes Project, which launched in early 2007, is currently studying the paddlefish and other large, little-understood freshwater fish species. (The National Geographic Society owns National Geographic News.)

9)Quake Lifts Island Ten Feet Out of Ocean
Residents of Ranongga in the South Pacific Ocean sit on a massive coral reef that was lifted out of the sea—along with their entire island—by a magnitude 8.1 earthquake in April 2007.

10) New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders
From Rome's Colosseum to India's Taj Mahal—see how the "new seven wonders of the world" announced in July 2007 stack up against the original list of ancient monuments. Thousands of National Geographic News readers already have, making this our most viewed gallery of the year.

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