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12/31/2013 03:46 pm ET

National Geographic's Year in Review Shows The World At Its Most Incredible (VIDEO)

Broad-bowed ships cracked Arctic ice, lions pawed at surreptitious cameras, and telescopes recalibrated to more accurately capture the expanse of space. From the oceans' depths to the tallest mountain peaks, this planet had an amazing year, and National Geographic was there to document it all throughout 2013.

In addition to the incredible video above , National Geographic also curated a collection of more detailed 2013 stories and insights on their website, and we can't help but feel connected and inspired.

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