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The 10 most pristine places on Earth

By: OurAmazingPlanet Inc. on April 25, 2011, 7:42 p.m.

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While some may think of Tibet as an unpolluted paradise, its small Himalayan mountain cousin Bhutan is actually much cleaner. More than 60 percent of the country is under forest cover, and a quarter of its territory has been designated as national parks or protected areas. The Land of the Thunder Dragon, as it's known, has rugged mountains and valleys, making it a hotspot for biodiversity. Pictured is Drukgyel Dzong, a Buddhist monastery, high in the Himalayas in the Kingdom of Bhutan.