An Unwatched Volcano
Located on the mountainous spine of Bougainville Island, it is both far from any cities or large towns and is hard to reach due to the rough terrain around it. Satellites are the best way for volcanologists to keep an eye on the active peak, which has an elevation of 5,741 feet (1,750 meters).
[Full Story: Satellite Spies New Lava Flow on Active Volcano]
Fire Creates Beauty
A lovely image, indeed, yet it's likely the smoke is the result of a fiery inferno burning many miles to the west. In northern Russia, wildfires have been burning for days.
[Full Story: Massive Smoke Plume Spied from Space]
The shipwreck was discovered 200 miles (321 kilometers) off the Gulf Coast in more than 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) of water by a Gulf of Mexico mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The wooden hull of the ship has nearly disintegrated, but a greenish copper shell that once protected the ship's wood remains behind.
[Full Story: 200-Year-Old Shipwreck Found in Gulf of Mexico]
Chemical Soup, Yum
The formations are home to a bizarre menagerie of creatures that thrive in the blistering heat and total darkness of these magma-powered hydrothermal vents, which are essentially fissures and cracks in the ocean floor that allow seawater to reach deep, superheated rocks, producing scalding jets of chemical-laden water.
[Full Story: Newly Discovered Seafloor 'Chimneys' Teem With Life]
Farewell, Precious Light
The next sunrise will come about four months from now, when spring returns to the bottom of the world.
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Our (More Than) Blue Marble
The photo was taken by a Russian weather satellite, called Elektro-L No.1, which flies in a geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles (35,700 kilometers) above the Earth's equator.
[Full Story: Breathtaking View of Earth Taken by Russian Satellite]
Earth as Modern Art
This photograph captured a rare event where water from recent rains had traveled down the Ekuma and filled a lobe of the lake with light green water (mid-right in the image). Water has also flowed into a small offshoot dry lake, where it appears a brighter green (upper left).
[Full Story: Earth As Art: Algae & A Dry Lakebed]
Turmoil Over the Desert
In this image, captured May 11, the dust plume covers nearly all of Syria, and extends into Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The dust was thickest in the west, especially over Jordan and northern Saudi Arabia, and thinned toward the east.
[Full Story: Massive Dust Storm Roils Middle East Skies]
Sticking Close to Mom
These powerful animals are Europe's largest land mammal, with males, called bulls, weighing between a whopping 1,300 to 2,200 pounds (600 to 1,000 kilograms), and standing nearly 6.5 feet (2 meters) high at their shoulders. European bison (Bison bonasus) are considered vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
[Full Story: Baby Bison Welcomed into Scotland Herd]