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In photos: The UK's geologic wonders

Sand blown

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(Image credit: Copyright Giordano Battistel)

You can almost feel the sand photographed by Giordano Battistel in Dorset's Bridport West Bay, in the United Kingdom.

Three Sisters

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(Image credit: Copyright Milena Farajewicz)

This photo took first prize in 2017 as the best photo. Photographer Milena Farajewicz took this seemingly never-ending view of the Three Sisters in Glencoe, in Scotland, as she stood next to an empty road.

'Door portrait II: Reveal' by Tim Hoe

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(Image credit: Tim Hoe)

Sea mist coated the camera lens, which contributed to the dim and difficult conditions under which this photo was taken. While camping with a friend at the Pembrokeshire coast, photographer Tim Hoe captured this image, which took first place in the Earth Science Week 2016 photography competition.

'Salisbury Crags' by Catherine Inglis

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(Image credit: Catherine Inglis)

Photographer Catherine Inglis had the opportunity to snap this image, capturing second place in the contest, while performing a rope access rock fall risk assessment of the microgabbro on Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

'Climbing Ben Nevis' by James Orr

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(Image credit: James Orr)

In Scotland, photographer James Orr caught this image of his friend enjoying the lohan meall an t-suidhe (Halfway Lochan) view, which won third place in the photography competition.

'Dawn at Clashach Cove' by Jim Robertson

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(Image credit: Jim Robertson)

Photographer Jim Robertson's image of sunrise at Clashach Cove at Moray Coast, Scotland, captured the attention of the judges in the Earth Science Week 2016 photography contest.

'Monknash' by Kevin Privett

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(Image credit: Kevin Privett)

At the coast of the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales near Monknash, photographer Kevin Privett snapped this photo of a unique geological formation. The Porthkerry Member of the Blue Lias Formation reveals its wave-cut platforms, and garners the attention of the competition judges.

'The Cauldron' by Pablo Ruiz

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(Image credit: Pablo Ruiz)

Pablo Ruiz offers a new view of the Cauldron, a spot on the River Etive, looking away from Buachaille Etive Moor.

'Time Ramp' by Tim Hoe

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(Image credit: Tim Hoe)

The contrast between the chalk cliffs at Seaford in East Sussex and the tiny person beside it provides a stark perspective of humanity's place in the universe.

'Bowfiddle Rock' by Dave Bremner

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(Image credit: Dave Bremner)

In Portknockie, North East Scotland, photographer Dave Bremner captured this stunning image of Bowfiddle Rock.

Laura is the archaeology/history and Life's Little Mysteries editor at Live Science. She also reports on general science, including archaeology and paleontology. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scholastic, Popular Science and Spectrum, a site on autism research. She has won multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association for her reporting at a weekly newspaper near Seattle. Laura holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in science writing from NYU.