Cage divers are confronted by a great white shark.

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A glacial torrent pours over a 40-foot-high ledge at Gođafoss, “waterfall of the gods.” After the Icelandic assembly adopted Christianity in 1000, its leader threw his pagan idols into the falls. The mossy island, notes geographer Guđrún Gísladóttir, “is protected from sheep.”

National Geographic’s photo of the month is by Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg, from the May 2012 story “Iceland’s Resilient Beauty.”

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