New Species, Streets in the Sky and Record Snows
From snakes in Tanzania to tiny frogs in Papua New Guinea, the sky above to the deepest ocean below, check out our best earth photo pick for the week.
Where the Streets have No Name
We prefer no ice on our roads, but these depend on it. These cloud streets formed over the Bering Sea early in 2012.
The unique formation is a combination of wind, frigid ice and warmer ocean waters.
[Full Story: 'Cloud Streets' Over Bering Sea]
A New, Colorful Critter
Matilda's Horned Viper, a newfound species of bush viper, was discovered in southern Tanzania.
The brightly colored snake's location is being withheld to protect the species from poachers.
[Full Story: Colorful New Snake Species Discovered]
A New View
An airborne radar developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is helping measure magma inside Hawaii's Mount Kilauea, which has been erupting continuously for nearly 30 years.
Researchers hope this technology will aide in the prevention of hazards to local populations by natural disasters.
[Full Story: NASA Airborne Radar 'Sees' Inside Hawaii Volcano]
Record Smashing Weather
Anchorage, Alaska has received nearly double the normal amount of snow for this time of year. After a blizzard on Monday, the measure currently stands at 7 feet.
At this point, another 9 to 18 inches is expected.
[Full Story: Anchorage Smashes Snow Record]
A New, Tiny Critter
A miniature frog, Paedophryne amanuensis, was identified recently in Papua New Guinea.
Researchers discovered the creature in 2009, but only recently captured and described the animal in a scientific journal. Little is known about the frog at this time.
[Full Story: Teensy Newfound Frog is Smallest Known Vertebrate]
A New, Blind Critter
The first expedition to the sunless, scalding-hot world at the deepest volcanic sea vents has unveiled some remarkable species.
Eyeless shrimp, Rimicaris hybisae, swarm around the Von Damm vent. This and other species including crustacean and fish seem to thrive in this dark, undersea world.
[Full Story: Eyeless Shrimp Discovered at Deepest Volcanic Vents]