An Oil Pipeline Is Suspended Above Alaska's Melting Tundra

This beautiful photograph reveals an oil pipeline hugging the shore of an Alaskan lake. The lake waters are slowly merging with the melting tundra beneath the pipeline, creating dark fissures around puzzle pieces of land. » 1/12/15 5:20pm 1/12/15 5:20pm

This River Flows for Only a Few Days a Year, But Has Scarred the Land

This massive, winding river in Namibia flows mostly underground, emerging only for a few days per year. Despite its ephemeral journey, it has left a lasting impression on the Earth's surface. » 12/30/14 9:47pm 12/30/14 9:47pm

An Aerial View of Two Ecosystems

The border between Mongolia and China falls roughly on the border between two ecosystems. In this satellite image from the US Geological Survey (USGS), you can see where the southern steppes of Mongolia give way to the northern Chinese desert. The transition zone is known as the Edrengiyn Nuruu. » 12/26/14 11:00pm 12/26/14 11:00pm

It's Snowing in the Grand Canyon Right Now, and It Looks Beautiful

This Immersive Video Makes You Feel Like You're Floating Upside Down

For a dizzying start to your weekend, grab your headphones and watch Underlapse at full screen. This time-lapse video takes you around an inverted world and screws with your brain in the process. » 4/25/14 9:00pm 4/25/14 9:00pm

There's A Forest Shaped Like Minnesota In Northern Minnesota

Fly Through Alaska's Hidden Ice Caves With This Drone Video

Drones armed with cameras give us a different view of the Earth than a human videographer can offer on foot. This drone video lets us fly through narrow passageways into the luminous ice caves of Alaska. » 3/20/14 7:44am 3/20/14 7:44am

Over 200 Miles of Yosemite Backpacking in One Incredible Time-lapse

It took over two years for filmmakers Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill to create Yosemite HD II, the the breathtaking followup to their 2011 tribute to Yosemite National Park. It was worth the wait. Full screen, HD, headphones if you've got 'em. You know the drill. » 3/01/14 8:00am 3/01/14 8:00am

Remarkable footage of a volcanic eruption, as seen from space

On June 12, 2009, Russia's Sarychev Volcano erupted in spectacular fashion, issuing plumes of ash skyward in a phenomenal display of geophysical force. It was the first time Sarychev had erupted in over twenty years – and it happened, rather serendipitously, just as the International Space Station was flying overhead. » 1/30/14 12:44pm 1/30/14 12:44pm

The trippy light created by ice from the arctic vortex in Toronto

Sunchaser Pictures' Gavin Heffernan is back with another incandescent timelapse, this time of the city of Toronto covered in glistening ice after the arctic vortex passed through. » 1/14/14 3:45pm 1/14/14 3:45pm

Double volcano eruption -- as seen from space!

Check out this wild photo snapped by NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins from the International Space Station. It shows steam and ash billowing out from a pair of active volcanoes on the island of Ambrym in the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu. » 12/05/13 4:40pm 12/05/13 4:40pm

The Los Angeles Aqueduct sure gave rise to some beautiful Earth porn

Striking natural landscapes that look like works of fantasy art

Sometimes the landscapes we dream up in works of science fiction and fantasy are no match for the real thing. From unusual geological formations to rare and beautiful flora, these natural landscapes seem pulled from another world. » 9/22/13 7:00am 9/22/13 7:00am

Satellite images show how factory farms alter our landscape

What impact do factory farms have on the spaces of land they occupy? For his startling series Feedlots, Mishka Henner stitched together satellite images captured over sprawling factory farming operations. » 8/24/13 7:30am 8/24/13 7:30am

Take a breathtaking bird's-eye tour of Greenland and the Arctic

We can't get enough of this aerial arctic footage, captured by pilots of IceBridge, the NASA mission charged with surveying the changing state of ice at both of Earth's poles. » 8/20/13 7:30am 8/20/13 7:30am

Spectacular winning images from Nat Geo's 2013 travel photo contest

The winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveller's photo contest have been announced — and they're absolute stunners. » 8/02/13 7:40am 8/02/13 7:40am

I can't stop watching this boiling mud

Behold, the boiling mud pools of Rotorua, a New Zealand city known the world over for its remarkable geothermal activity. Rotorua is so alive with earthly energy, it is not uncommon to see steam literally escaping from cracks in the city's streets. » 7/26/13 1:49pm 7/26/13 1:49pm

America's present heat wave is so big you can see it from space

If you live anywhere on the eastern half of the United States, you’ve probably been sweating it out over the past several days in what certainly feels like the warmest week yet for the season. The cause of the oppressive weather? A large mid-level ridge centered over the Ohio Valley — large enough to be easily visible… » 7/18/13 6:40am 7/18/13 6:40am

A gorgeous HD video of Niagara Falls, shot from a Quad-Copter

Here now is a spellbinding five-minute vacation for your brain: a high definition video of Niagara Falls, shot using a DJI Phantom quad-copter and a GoPro Hero 3. » 7/17/13 9:40am 7/17/13 9:40am