It's World Population Day! 15 Gorgeous Places Humans Haven't Ruined

mbg Sustainability Editor By Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability Editor

Emma is the Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care."

Today marks World Population Day — an event first recognized when the planet hit the 5 billion mark in 1989. Sixteen years later, our population is nearing 7.4 billion and humankind's reach extends further than ever. Take a minute to appreciate some of these secluded corners of the world that have remained relatively untouched.

1. New Zealand's South Island

Australia's first professional instagramer, @laurenepbath, caught this view during a discovery tour of New Zealand's scenic South Island.

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2. The Canadian Rockies

@erikmcr used a long exposure to get this shot of the Canadian Rockies — a designated World Heritage Site.

3. Jökulsárlón, Iceland

The Jökulsárlón glacier lake is a popular destination for nature photographers. It's easy to see why with this incredible sunset by @ladzinski.

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4. Watkins Glen, New York

This view of a remote area of Watkins Glen by @daitokei shows the importance of veering off the beaten path every once in the while.

5. New Zealand's North Island

Photographer @theartofnight ventures out to some of the world's darkest, clearest skies to catch images like this one of the Milky Way over New Zealand.

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6. Auke Lake, Alaska

Snow makes way for sunny skies in this vibrant landscape by @forgetmeknotts85.

7. Lake Tahoe

For this shot, the ever-adventurous @jordanherschel found an amazing secluded spot along his native Tahoe.

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8. Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, or valley of the moon, shines in this other-wordly image by @colerise.

9. Ausangate Mountain, Peru

@moonmountainman shared the scenery with an alpaca herd during his trek through the Andes.

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10. Mentawai Islands

The colors in @welikebali’s island ode are bound to make anyone run to the beach.

11. Yosemite

California-based @tiffpenguin captured this quiet moment at the day's end over Yosemite.

12. Patagonia Chile

Outdoorsman @jake_anderson_photography deems this region of Patagonia the most incredible place he’s ever visited.

13. Okavango Delta, Africa

Renowned nature photographer @coryrichards caught a glimpse of this surreal scenery while on assignment in Africa.

14. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

It's hard to believe that this perfect shot of Jackson Hole by National Geographic Photographer @jimmy_chin was taken on an iPhone.

15. Goðafoss Waterfall, Iceland

The Goðafoss, Icelandic for Waterfall of the Gods, looks remarkably tranquil in this shot by @benjaminhardman.

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