Ecuador's skyscrapers: A photo essay gallery

The slopes of glacier-covered volcano Antisana, one of the highest in Ecuador. The country, which lies on the equator, enjoys 12 hours of daylight every day as well as abundant geographical and biological diversity: the Andes mountain range, the Amazon rain forest and the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Illustrates ECUADOR-PEAKS (category t), by Anne Farrar ? 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Anne Farrar.)

As dawn washes over the icy mountain planes, the hint of a new day floats through the air, and faint sunlight kisses Cotopaxi's snowy face.

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Great southern lands

China's icy festival

Harbin

China's spectacular ice festival has kicked off in style.

Jumbo jet's spectacular journey gallery

Spectacular views are on offer on a Antarctica sightseeing flight, from the comfort of a Qantas 747 jumbo jet.

An unforgettable flight to the world's only ice continent makes for a perfect start to another New Year.

Cold at the top

SNOW COVERED: On top of Mount Wellington

It may be summer but it's snowing on Mount Wellington when a group of cyclists begin their hair-raising descent.

First day of summer?

SUMMER SNOW: The Mt Hutt ski area received up to 20 cm of snow overnight.

Snow-capped mountains and chilly temps mark Canterbury’s first day of summer.

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