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Looking at the Icebergs, Near Franklin Island, Ross Sea, Antarctica in 2006.
Looking at the Icebergs, Near Franklin Island, Ross Sea, Antarctica in 2006. Camille Seaman

Portraits of the Planet for Earth Day

Apr 22, 2014
The NASDAQ billboard in Times Square features Google+ users' earth day photos selected by TIME's photo editors.The NASDAQ billboard in Times Square features Google+ users' earth day photos selected by TIME's photo editors. Wesley Houser / Google 

Mars is nice and Jupiter has a big red spot, but there's no more gorgeous planet in the known galaxy than Earth. On a day when we tend focus on the threats to the Earth—which are many—we should also take time to celebrate the varied beauty found throughout our home. Google+ collected photos from around the world tagged with #MyBeautifulEarth, and TIME editors culled through the images to find the very best. The pictures that appear below are visual reminders of the Earth's diversity, from fathomless oceans to glowing volcanoes to alpine glaciers. The only constants are color—and overwhelming beauty. This planet is a never-ending feast for the eyes, which is one more reason why we should try to take care of it, on Earth Day and every day.

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