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North Island, New Zealand
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North Island, New Zealand

The majority of the nation’s people and several prominent volcanoes populate the island.

Published Jun 25, 2022

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Triassic Talampaya
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Triassic Talampaya

This national park in western Argentina is rich in plant, mammal, and dinosaur fossils, as well as rocks dating back 200 million years.

Published Jun 18, 2022

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Half Mountain
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Half Mountain

The desert mountain in Iran is a geologic menagerie of fault lines, exposed volcanic rocks, and alluvial fans.

Published Jun 12, 2022

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Winnipeg at Night
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Winnipeg at Night

Situated at the confluence of three rivers and a railroad hub in Manitoba, the city stands out from the fertile farmland of the region.

Published Jun 5, 2022

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Reefs of New Caledonia
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Reefs of New Caledonia

Home to an estimated 9,300 marine species and almost 500 species of coral, the reefs and lagoons are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Published May 29, 2022

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Grand Canyon of Texas
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Grand Canyon of Texas

Palo Duro and Caprock Canyons provide insight into Texas geologic and human history.

Published May 23, 2022

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A New World Built of Sand
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A New World Built of Sand

Dubai’s coast has some of the largest and most recognizable land reclamation projects on Earth.

Published May 28, 2022

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San Pedro and Ambergris Cay
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San Pedro and Ambergris Cay

Mangroves and the world’s second longest barrier reef system are among the natural gems around Belize’s largest island.

Published May 15, 2022

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Karst and Colors on the Yucatán Peninsula
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Karst and Colors on the Yucatán Peninsula

Sediments and mangroves paint the wetlands, while sinkholes dot the land surface.

Published May 8, 2022

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Chachani Volcano, Andes Mountains
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Chachani Volcano, Andes Mountains

The dormant volcano in Southern Peru is a complex mix of structures.

Published May 1, 2022

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Change and Preservation Around Paranapanema
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Change and Preservation Around Paranapanema

Human activity and natural beauty merge in south-central Brazil.

Published Apr 24, 2022

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Brahmaputra River, Northeast India
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Brahmaputra River, Northeast India

One of Asia’s largest rivers carves the landscape and people carve a living from its floodplain.

Published Apr 17, 2022

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Watercolors of Torrevieja
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Watercolors of Torrevieja

The Spanish port town is bathed in a colorful palette.

Published Apr 10, 2022

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Close-Up of Mount Everest
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Close-Up of Mount Everest

The highest mountain on Earth takes on a different perspective from the vantage point of space.

Published Mar 26, 2022

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San Luis Valley
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San Luis Valley

The region has been home to Native Americans for centuries, and a periodic training spot for astronauts for five decades.

Published Mar 20, 2022

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Agriculture Fans Out in Turkmenistan
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Agriculture Fans Out in Turkmenistan

Fed by mountain streams and a canal, the Murgab and Tedzhen fans are irrigated farming oases in arid Central Asia.

Published Mar 12, 2022

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Flying Over Furneaux
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Flying Over Furneaux

The island chain was once part of a land bridge connecting Tasmania to mainland Australia.

Published Mar 6, 2022

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The Spine of South Island
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The Spine of South Island

New Zealand’s Southern Alps rise high above the landscape and influence the weather around them.

Published Feb 26, 2022

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Cloudscape at Dawn, Northwest Atlantic
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Cloudscape at Dawn, Northwest Atlantic

Looking toward the rising Sun, an external camera on the ISS was able to capture the details of rising cumulus clouds.

Published Feb 21, 2022

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Heart-shaped Oasis
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Heart-shaped Oasis

This area of Egypt has supported human life for more than 8,000 years.

Published Feb 14, 2022

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Maiao Atoll, Polynesia
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Maiao Atoll, Polynesia

The tiny Society Islands stand out as land oases amid the largest expanse of water on Earth.

Published Feb 6, 2022

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Yellow Sea Night Lights
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Yellow Sea Night Lights

Aggregations of fishing boats can make it seem like there are cities in the water.

Published Jan 30, 2022

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Winter on the Roof of the World
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Winter on the Roof of the World

With an average elevation of 4500 meters above sea level, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is one of Earth’s highest geographic features.

Published Jan 23, 2022

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Two Decades of Change at Toshka Lakes
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Two Decades of Change at Toshka Lakes

The rise and fall of these basins depend on fluctuations in the flow of the Nile River.

Published Jan 18, 2022

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Snowy Scene Surrounding the Salish Sea
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Snowy Scene Surrounding the Salish Sea

After a rainy autumn, winter weather arrived in the Pacific Northwest.

Published Jan 7, 2022

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Lunar Views and Beyond
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Lunar Views and Beyond

Astronauts traveling within Earth’s largest artificial satellite can capture unique shots of the planet’s only natural satellite.

Published Dec 31, 2021

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Otherworldly Earth
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Otherworldly Earth

The Libyan Desert is often cited as a Mars analogue.

Published Dec 26, 2021

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The Braided Paraná
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The Braided Paraná

South America’s second-longest river forms part of the border between Argentina and Paraguay.

Published Dec 19, 2021

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North Patagonia Icefield, Southern Andes
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North Patagonia Icefield, Southern Andes

The mountain peaks here reach high enough and temperatures remain cold enough year-round that permanent ice persists amid a warming world.

Published Dec 12, 2021

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Lake Berryessa
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Lake Berryessa

The reservoir provides water for Napa wine country and for cities in Northern California.

Published Dec 5, 2021

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