The Porcelain Basin Hot Springs Create an Ethereal Spring In Yellowstone

Taken just a few days after the official start of spring, this photo of the Porcelain Basin Hot Springs (named after the milky white mineral deposit) almost looks like the national park is steaming off winter in favor of spring. » 3/24/15 11:00pm 3/24/15 11:00pm

Drumlins Are The Easy-To-Identify, Hard-To-Understand Glacial Landform

Drumlins are a ubiquitous landform in lands once overrun by glaciers, and yet after two centuries of studying them, we still aren't certain how these teardrop-shaped hills form. » 3/22/15 5:15pm 3/22/15 5:15pm

Erosion Exposes Curving Sedimentary Beds In The Land Of Terror

The harsh terrain of the Tanezrouft Basin earns it an ominous nickname: Land of Terror. A rough wilderness of stone and shifting dunes constantly blasted by relentless wind, this is a land of rugged beauty and geology laid bare. » 3/16/15 2:00am 3/16/15 2:00am

The Ethereal Beauty of Scotland's Fingal's Cave

Fingal's Cave is on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in Scotland's Inner Hebrides. Its unique beauty is the result of Paleocene lava flow, and the cave inspired, among others, Felix Mendelssohn, Jules Verne, John Keats, August Strindberg, and Pink Floyd. » 2/26/15 1:30am 2/26/15 1:30am

This Beautiful Estuary Hides A Nasty Secret

This beautiful estuary holds a hidden secret: these dendritic tributaries carving through rock carry wastewater from the busiest industrial port in Iran and heavy metals from its petrochemical plants into the surrounding ecosystem. » 2/23/15 7:09pm 2/23/15 7:09pm

The Himalayas Divide Lush Vegetation From Plants Struggling To Survive

The Himalayan Mountains are a seam on our world, marking a place where continental plates are slamming into a new land. But they're more than that: they also mark the boundary between different climates. That is made explicitly clear in this false-colour satellite image. » 2/21/15 4:15pm 2/21/15 4:15pm

Love From The Dawn Of Time And The Depths Of The Earth

Forget physics: love makes the world go 'round. This is a gallery of our favourite images of love from the natural world, from rocks to landscapes to the far reaches of space. » 2/14/15 4:14pm 2/14/15 4:14pm

Behold, The Icy Rivers Of Northern Canada

The gorgeous patterns you see here come courtesy of an astronaut-shot photo showing the Mattagami (top right) and Missinaibi Rivers (bottom right), flowing into the Moose River (left) in northern Ontario. Keep scrolling for more details from Mika McKinnon. » 2/08/15 4:12pm 2/08/15 4:12pm

Here's What A Grid-Plan City Looks Like From Space

Here's a stunning picture of humans stamping our footprint onto the landscape. Taken by a member of the Expedition 35 mission to the ISS in 2013, this photo of the Phoenix, Arizona area is like a fractal — the closer you look, the more squares of light you see. » 2/03/15 12:00am 2/03/15 12:00am

Get to the chopper! Geologists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory rush to board a helicopter as fountains of lava erupt in the background, in the 1984 eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. This picture was recently featured in the U.S. Geological Survey's #ThrowbackThursday series. (Photo: R.B. Moore.) » 1/30/15 5:00pm 1/30/15 5:00pm

This Is What Happens When Lava Meets The Sea

This is a close-up of the very newest land in Hawaii, fresh lava dripping into the sea to build out a new layer of basalt on this island volcano. The ropey texture of the flow is a consequence of its chemistry, the same geochemistry behind the slow, oozing eruptions characteristic of the tropical paradise. » 1/18/15 6:00pm 1/18/15 6:00pm

This Is A Beautiful Glimpse Of A Shifting River

The Seine Is A River Of Clouds And Water

Weather is oddly topographical. Rarely is it as clear as in this photograph snapped by astronaut Terry Virts from the International Space Station, where clouds have settled into the Seine river valley meandering near Paris, France. » 1/01/15 11:40am 1/01/15 11:40am

Finding The Tallest Mountain On Earth Is Strangely Elusive

It seems like a 8,848-meter mountain would be easy to spot, but it's oddly challenging to find Mount Everest from a few hundred kilometers higher in elevation. The famous mountain is visible in each of these photos from the International Space Station, but can you find it? » 12/30/14 1:00am 12/30/14 1:00am

What Caused These Rings of Ice to Form Around Rocks?

Redditor odstane posted photos of a frozen pond, where the freeze pattern around rocks make the whole thing look like a topographical map. Or a rock garden. Either way, it's a bit of a stunning mystery. » 11/26/14 1:00am 11/26/14 1:00am

These Are The 100 Most Interesting Geologic Spots In The British Isles

The United Kingdom and Ireland pack so many geologically fascinating locations in a small area, it's hard to pick which ones are the most gorgeous, the most scientifically important, or even the most downright useful. Lucky for us, the Geological Society curated a list of the Top 100 Geosites. » 10/14/14 12:58am 10/14/14 12:58am

The Eye of the Sahara Is An Enigmatic Desert Landmark

The desert creates gorgeous structures, and the Eye of the Sahara is no exception. The stunning structure of bare rock peeks out from a sea of sand, forming a beautiful landmark for astronauts overhead. While circular usually means impacts or eruptions, the eye emerged from differential erosion. » 10/09/14 12:03pm 10/09/14 12:03pm

This Snapshot of Coastal Processes in Australia is Lovely and Surreal

This striking image isn't a piece of watercolour abstract art. It's an estuary in Western Australia and a gorgeous example of utility of data beyond the visible spectrum. By combining wavelengths from deep blue through infrared, this Landsat image can be used to asses coastal processes and vegetative health. » 7/11/14 1:50pm 7/11/14 1:50pm

Dive Through Ice Caves and Skip Over Crevasses

Glaciers are an exotic world of beauty. In this video, a drone flirts with light filtered through translucent walls, capturing that ethereal mix of blue ice, white snow, and chilly brightness that defines glaciers. Take five minutes to ride along, swooping through caves and dancing around icy crags. » 7/10/14 2:01am 7/10/14 2:01am

A Hypnotizing Timelapse Captures An Atmospheric Standing Wave

Lenticular clouds are the visible manifestation of an atmospheric standing wave. This hypnotizing timelapse captures the clouds pulsing and reforming in a fixed location in space, mountains of clouds mirroring the mountains of rock in the landscape below. » 7/05/14 12:37pm 7/05/14 12:37pm