Through space, time to find the origin of life

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Danakil geological depression in Ethiopia – where is known as “hell’s gate” or “dead land”. According to photographer Olivier Grunewald, the origin of life appeared more than 3.5 billion years ago in a flooded environment due to volcanic activity. This is shown through the results of tectonic activities in the Danakil area. Pictured here are blue and green crystalline pools, yellow sulfuric terraces and underground geysers caused by volcanic eruptions – Photo: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/OLIVIER GRUNEWALD

Follow the channel National Geographicthese photographs take us on a journey “through space and time” about the early stages of human civilization.

At the same time, through the project “Origin”, French photographer Olivier Grunewald wishes to convey a message about the relationship between man and nature.

For the past 30 years, he and his friend Bernadette Gilbertas have traveled the world to document the locations that best represent the life-forming process of human civilization.

“It took us 4.5 billion years to see what we see now. So, what are we going to do now? Will we continue to advance the ecological crisis, or will we eventually work together to prevent the worst from happening?”, Mr. Grunewald said.

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Drops of rain from a morning shower in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands adorn the giant aquatic species (Salvinia auriculata), an aquatic fern native to the Rio Negro. The origin of today’s flora can be traced back to ancient algae – Photo: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/OLIVIER GRUNEWALD

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Sunrise peeking over the cliffs at Toroweap Point located in the heart of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (USA). Sections of a canyon facing the Colorado River reveal 2 billion years of geological history – Photo: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/OLIVIER GRUNEWALD

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Icebergs on Iceland’s Jökulsárlón glacial lake under the magical aurora trees. The aurora borealis at Jökulsárlón appear when winds collide with Earth’s magnetosphere. This is the region of space that helps shield the Earth from solar radiation – Photo: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/OLIVIER GRUNEWALD

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In the biogeographic era, tectonic activity of volcanoes formed terrestrial lava plates. Photographer Olivier Grunewald captured a simulated moment of that process through the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano, located in the Virunga Mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo – Photo: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/OLIVIER GRUNEWALD

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At dawn, a thin cloud extends over Uluru, a sandstone jutting out of central Australia that was formed more than 500 million years ago. The 863m high rock is extremely sacred to the Aboriginal people in the area – Photo: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/OLIVIER GRUNEWALD

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About 5 million years ago, tectonic processes in the Colorado River created this sandstone cliff. This is a famous cliff called Horseshoe Bend located near the town of Page, Arizona (USA) – Photo: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/OLIVIER GRUNEWALD

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The Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland changes color from blue-white to deep black due to volcanic eruptions. The giant plume of smoke then spread to European airspace in 2010 – Photo: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/OLIVIER GRUNEWALD

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Hardy Reef seen from above. This is part of the famous Great Barrier Reef reef cluster stretching off the coast of Queensland, Australia, extending from the islands of Papua New Guinea to the north, with a length of more than 2,600km – Photo: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/OLIVIER GRUNEWALD

Photographer Olivier Grunewald’s collection of images is divided into four themes:

Theme 1: “Chaos”, focusing on reflecting the chaotic origins of the planet.

Theme 2: “Earth”, focusing on landscapes created by corrosive forces.

Theme 3: “Oasis”, representing the development of the plant kingdom.

Theme 4: “Animals”, honoring the biodiversity of the animal world.

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