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In this dazzling book of visual wonders, National Geographic reveals a world very few will have the chance to see for themselves. Shot by some of the world's finest photographers, Rarely Seen features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and manmade heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes. It's all here: 30,000-year-old cave art sealed from the public, animals that are among the last of their species on Earth, volcanic lightning, giant crystals that have grown to more than 50 tons, the engraving inside Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch, and more. With an introduction by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose work has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea, Rarely Seen captures once-in-a-lifetime moments, natural wonders, and little-seen objects from the far reaches of the globe.


  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages; 250 color photographs
  • 9 7/8" x 10 7/8"
  • © 2015

Author Bio

Stephen Alvarez, who has captured some of the most rarely seen objects on earth, is a photojournalist who produces global stories about exploration, culture, religion, and the aftermath of conflict. He has been a National Geographic photographer since 1995. His pictures have won awards from Pictures of the Year International and Communication Arts and have been exhibited at the Visa Pour l'Image International Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan, France.

Susan Tyler Hitchcock is a senior editor in the Books Division of the National Geographic Society, where she is responsible for science, health, and nature titles. She has written 16 books, from literary history to personal memoir. This is the third National Geographic photography collection to which she has contributed. She lives in Covesville, Virginia.


Rarely seen


This book was exactly what I was looking for as a gift for a world traveler. The photos are beautiful and mesmerizing. Every time I opened it I was surrounded by exclamations of "OOOOOs and AAHHHHHS". The photos are excellent in color, content and uniqueness. It instills in me the desire to keep seeking beautiful and rare life experiences.


Cleveland, Oio


Stunning variety to inspire curiosity.


I also bought a globe for my grandsons so they can track the location of each picture with its world location.


Issaquah, WA


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