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Jamaica
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Jamaica

Tectonic uplift, moist trade winds, and limestone lead to a diversity of landscapes on the Caribbean’s third-largest island.

Published Oct 23, 2022

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The Miura Peninsula
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The Miura Peninsula

By boat and road, people and products are on the move in this part of Japan.

Published Oct 16, 2022

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Light Show Near the Limb
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Light Show Near the Limb

Lightning, fishing boats, and city lights frame an active night in Southeast Asia.

Published Oct 9, 2022

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Johannesburg and Pretoria
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Johannesburg and Pretoria

This region of South Africa is the largest mining and industrial region on the continent of Africa.

Published Oct 2, 2022

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Hurricane Ian Reaches Florida
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Hurricane Ian Reaches Florida

After damaging parts of Cuba and leaving the country dark, more destruction was expected as the powerful hurricane reached Florida’s western coast.

Published Sep 28, 2022

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Carrizozo Malpaís Lava Flow
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Carrizozo Malpaís Lava Flow

A decades-long eruption created this long strip of basalt in the desert in New Mexico.

Published Sep 26, 2022

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New Zealand’s Mount Ruapehu
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New Zealand’s Mount Ruapehu

A lake at the summit of the volcano provides the main clues to what is happening below.

Published Sep 18, 2022

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Sunglint Around Milos and Antimilos
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Sunglint Around Milos and Antimilos

The play of sunlight on the water surface illuminates water phenomena around some Greek islands.

Published Sep 12, 2022

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An Atmosphere of Exploration
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An Atmosphere of Exploration

As scientists and engineers at NASA have their eyes set on the Moon again, so too do the astronauts.

Published Sep 3, 2022

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Hambach Coal Mine
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Hambach Coal Mine

The operation in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, produces 40 million tons of lignite annually.

Published Sep 6, 2022

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Typhoon Hinnamnor
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Typhoon Hinnamnor

On August 30, the storm became the first category 5 cyclone on Earth in 2022.

Published Sep 1, 2022

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Oyyl Dune Field, Kazakhstan
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Oyyl Dune Field, Kazakhstan

Fluvial floodplains are a common source of sand, so dune fields often form immediately downwind of them.

Published Aug 28, 2022

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Earth’s Limb with a Crescent Moon
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Earth’s Limb with a Crescent Moon

Astronauts viewed the layers of the atmosphere while orbiting over the southwestern Pacific Ocean.

Published Aug 21, 2022

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A Glint of Southeast Asia
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A Glint of Southeast Asia

Water has helped define the shape of life on the Indochinese Peninsula.

Published Aug 13, 2022

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Neeltje Jans, Zeeland
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Neeltje Jans, Zeeland

A network of coastal protection projects have allowed approximately 9 million people to live below sea level in The Netherlands.

Published Jul 31, 2022

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Mountain Shadows, Western Mongolia
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Mountain Shadows, Western Mongolia

Low Sun angles help reveal the three dimensions of a landscape.

Published Jul 24, 2022

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Crepuscular Rays and Light Scattering
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Crepuscular Rays and Light Scattering

Even when viewed from space, sunsets lead to an interesting play of light in the atmosphere.

Published Jul 17, 2022

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The Eye of Sahara
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The Eye of Sahara

The Richat Structure in Mauritania is not what you think it is.

Published Jul 10, 2022

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Tunupa Volcano, Bolivia
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Tunupa Volcano, Bolivia

The composite cone sits on a peninsula between two vast salt flats.

Published Jul 4, 2022

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The North Island, New Zealand
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The 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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