Even the Weather is Bigger
Here, a satellite photo from a week that has brought some severe weather to Texas. A satellite soaring overhead snapped a picture of some of the culprits thick layers of storm clouds that are crowding the skies over the southern state.
This image snapped on the morning of Thursday (May 10) revealed ominous clouds covering large portions of Texas.
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Alergic to Cute? RUN!
The three infants were born to three different mama monkeys between April 21 and 25, and the furry, three-week old babies are still too tiny to venture far from their mothers at Highland Wildlife Park.
With the new arrivals, there are now 21 Japanese macaques also often known as snow monkeys living at the Highland Wildlife Park.
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Start of a Long Process
Patches of open water usually appear in the southern part of the lake in early May and move progressively northward. But it isn't usually until late June that the last remnants of the ice have disappeared from the northern reaches of the lake.
NASA's Aqua satellite snapped a picture of the melt in progress. Ice remains throughout the northern portion of the lake, but drifting ice and large patches of open water are visible throughout the southern part.
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Birth of ... Twisters
The tornadoes formed at the front edge of a powerful storm system that moved across the region yesterday afternoon.
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Just Try Not to Smile
One of the 12-day-old cubs recently took a turn on a zoo scale during a check-up.
This tiny cub is still too young to get on and off the scale on its own. The two unnamed siblings will remain in the den for a couple of months until they are able to walk outdoors on their own.
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Researchers estimate that only about 250 to 300 of the gorillas remain on the planet, and humans have rarely observed these critically-endangered primates in their natural habitat.
The two-minute footage shows eight of the gorillas making their way through a forest in Cameroon. The video offers a glimpse of classic gorilla behavior, yet also reveals the plight of the threatened apes.
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The image shows Ouarkziz Crater, a 2.2-mile-wide (3.5-kilometer) hole in the ground in northwestern Algeria, near the border with Morocco. It was formed by an asteroid impact less than 70 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era, which is also known as the "Age of Dinosaurs."
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The monument is named not for the thin striations seen in this image, but for the way the Grand Staircase consists of a series of topographic benches and cliffs.
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