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The waters off of the Alaskan coast usually come alive each spring with colorful swirls of phytoplankton.

Churning in the Chukchi Sea

The waters off of the Alaskan coast usually come alive each spring with colorful swirls of phytoplankton.

The Galapagos Archipelago

The Galapagos Archipelago

Charles Darwin’s book, The Voyage of the Beagle, cast a spotlight on the Galapagos, which he called “a little world within itself.”

Fiery South Atlantic Sunset

Fiery South Atlantic Sunset

Thin layers of lighter and darker blues reveal the many layers of the atmosphere.

Canadian Waters Teem with Phytoplankton

Canadian Waters Teem with Phytoplankton

The Strait of Georgia turns milky green due to an “unprecedented” explosion of coccolithophores.

An Unlikely Corner of New York: Jamaica Bay

An Unlikely Corner of New York

Despite the bay’s calm waters, constant reminders of the city break through.

Laguna del Negro Francisco

Laguna del Negro Francisco

Salt and wind have painted a colorful, swirling landscape in the highlands of central Chile.

Linear Dunes, Namib Sand Sea

Linear Dunes, Namib Sand Sea

Dunes grow upon dunes in one of the most visually spectacular places on Earth, as least from an astronaut’s perspective.

In May 1980, a satellite watched the mountain violently erupt; satellites over the next forty years watched it recover.

Mount St. Helens

In May 1980, a satellite watched the mountain violently erupt; satellites over the next forty years watched it recover.

Fires in a Dry, Hot Colorado Summer

Fires in a Dry, Hot Colorado Summer

Dry, hot conditions in Colorado helped lead to the state’s third-largest wildfire in history.

Underwater Eruption Near Tongatapu, Tonga

Underwater Eruption Near Tongatapu

Satellites detected an eruption from a seamount near Tonga’s largest island.

The Curious Incident of Snow in The Netherlands

The Curious Incident of Snow in The Netherlands

A rare and somewhat obscure phenomenon visited the country.

Checkerboarding in Northern Idaho

Checkerboarding in Northern Idaho

Lands along the Priest River show a human hand at work.

Bear Lake, Utah/Idaho

Bear Lake

Situated on the Idaho-Utah border, it is one of the bigger lakes in the Rocky Mountains.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tenerife, Canary Islands

A sweeping view of Tenerife shows the island from summit to sea.

Two days of heavy rain led to catastrophic dam failures and major flooding in Midland County.

Muddy Flooding in Michigan

Two days of heavy rain led to catastrophic dam failures and major flooding in Midland County.

Chile’s Salar de Atacama has the world’s largest reserve of lithium, which is a key ingredient in rechargeable batteries.  Lithium-rich brine is pumped to the surface and shunted through a network of canals to shallow evaporation ponds lined with plastic. Then the region’s relentlessly dry, sunny, and windy weather evaporates the brine and leaves behind deposits of lithium and other salts.

Chile’s Salar de Atacama has the world’s largest reserve of lithium, which is a key ingredient in rechargeable batteries. Lithium-rich brine is pumped to the surface and shunted through a network of canals to shallow evaporation ponds lined with plastic. Then the region’s relentlessly dry, sunny, and windy weather evaporates the brine and leaves behind deposits of lithium and other salts.