20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Ice and Fire

Muji crater, a dormant volcanic crater situated on the Pamir Mountains and alongside the ancient Silk Road in Xinjiang, is known as the “Shadowland of Ice and Fire.” Thousands of years ago, the crater would actively erupt, and merchants and visitors used to witness heavy smoke spraying over the surrounding white glacier. Today, the volcano is back to quiet; only the tranquil aqua can tell its old story of ice and fire.

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Date Taken: 06.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: xinjiang, China
Camera: iPhone 12 Pro Max
Copyright: © Yuepeng Bao
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