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Photos: Meet the Newest World Heritage Sites

Mount Etna

Mount Etna erupts

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named six new natural sites, plus one addition to an existing candidate, to its World Heritage List on June 21, 2013. Mount Etna, pictured here, was one of the newly added sites, along with the Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system in China and the Namib Sand Sea, a coastal desert in Namibia. The Mount Kenya-Lewa Wildlife conservancy in Kenya, was also added as an extension to Mount Kenya Natural Park/Natural Forest, which was designated a World Heritage Site in 1997.

Mount Etna

Mount Etna erupts

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Mount Etna is located on the eastern coast of Sicily, and is the highest Mediterranean island mountain and the most active stratovolcano in the world.

Mount Etna

Mount Etna erupts

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Mount Etna's eruptive history can be traced back 500,000 years.

Mount Etna

Mount Etna erupts

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Mount Etna is the most active stratovolcano in the world, which makes it an important laboratory in volcanology, geophysics and other earth science disciplines.

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system

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The Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system in China features glacier-capped peaks, undisturbed forests, meadows, canyons, rivers and lakes.

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system

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The Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system in China spans roughly 2,350 square miles (6,085 square kilometers). It is part of the larger Tianshan mountain range, which extends across China, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, from east to west.

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system

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China's Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system features snowy mountains with glacier-capped peaks, undisturbed forests and meadows, clear rivers, lakes and red canyons.

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system

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A forest and meadow on the north slope of Tomur, one of the four sections that make up China's Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system.

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system

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Canyons in the Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system in China. The landforms and ecosystems at this natural site have been preserved since the Pliocene epoch, which extends from approximately 5.332 million to 2.588 million years ago.

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system

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The Tarim River in China's Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system.

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain

Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system

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A meadow and wetland in Bogda, one of the four sections that make up the Xinjiang Tianshan mountain system in China.