Here Are 10 Of The Most Poignant Images That Defined Our World In 2013? #3… Beyond Words.

As usual, National Geographic is tracking world events as they unfold. We humans owe a huge collective debt to NatGeo for the things it teaches us about the small, yet so incredibly diverse, world we live in.

Some of the stories National Geographic shares with us on the pages of its magazine, on its television channels and on its website are amazingly beautiful and inspiring, others simply astonish us, while others just fill us with despair and sense of hopelessness. Well, some of the images you are about to see fall squarely into the last category, so be prepared.

1. The price of the precious.

Here Are 9 Of The Most Poignant Images That Defined Our World In 2013? #3... Beyond Words.

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2. Last of the Viking whalers.

Here Are 9 Of The Most Poignant Images That Defined Our World In 2013? #3... Beyond Words.

Source: National Geographic.

3. Living with lions.

Here Are 9 Of The Most Poignant Images That Defined Our World In 2013? #3... Beyond Words.

Source: National Geographic.

4. Game changer: documenting the undocumented.

Here Are 9 Of The Most Poignant Images That Defined Our World In 2013? #3... Beyond Words.

Source: National Geographic.

5. Now you see it.

Here Are 9 Of The Most Poignant Images That Defined Our World In 2013? #3... Beyond Words.

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6. Nobel Prizewinners.

Here Are 9 Of The Most Poignant Images That Defined Our World In 2013? #3... Beyond Words.

Source: National Geographic.

7. Portrait with rifle.

Here Are 9 Of The Most Poignant Images That Defined Our World In 2013? #3... Beyond Words.

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8. Ivory crush.

Here Are 9 Of The Most Poignant Images That Defined Our World In 2013? #3... Beyond Words.

Source: National Geographic.

9. Breaking the silence.

Here Are 9 Of The Most Poignant Images That Defined Our World In 2013? #3... Beyond Words.

Source: National Geographic.

10. The war for Nigeria.

Here Are 9 Of The Most Poignant Images That Defined Our World In 2013? #3... Beyond Words.

Source: National Geographic.

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