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

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

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

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