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

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.

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

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

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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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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