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Wheatland Reservoir, Wyoming
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Wheatland Reservoir, Wyoming

Winter traces white and blue across the high country.

Published Mar 27, 2017

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Etna Erupts
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Etna Erupts

The volcano produced streams of lava in March 2017.

Published Mar 23, 2017

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Grand Turk Island
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Grand Turk Island

Much of the land surface is covered by salt evaporation ponds and a saline lake known as Town Pond, around which the capital—Cockburn Town—developed.

Published Mar 20, 2017

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Fending Off the Wind on the Steppe
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Fending Off the Wind on the Steppe

Shelterbelts, or wind breaks, are used to protect and preserve farmland in southern Russian.

Published Mar 13, 2017

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Naples and Mount Vesuvius at Night
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Naples and Mount Vesuvius at Night

Millennia of human development stand alongside mainland Europe’s only active volcano.

Published Mar 6, 2017

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Astronauts Snap a Photo of Oroville Dam
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Astronauts Snap a Photo of Oroville Dam

The International Space Station got a view of the overflowing dam.

Published Mar 3, 2017

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Flood Waters Reach Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre
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Flood Waters Reach Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre

The usually dry, inland lake in Australia came alive with color after flood waters arrived in the late summer of 2017.

Published Feb 27, 2017

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Red on White: Lake Maharlu
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Red on White: Lake Maharlu

Salt and algae lend color to the bed of this desert lake in Iran.

Published Feb 20, 2017

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Dek and Daga Islands, Ethiopia
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Dek and Daga Islands, Ethiopia

Ancient monasteries and settlements dot these islands in the middle of Ethiopia’s largest lake.

Published Feb 13, 2017

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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia

Australia’s second-largest city has an historic past.

Published Feb 6, 2017

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Houston at Night
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Houston at Night

Astronauts on the Space Station had a glowing view of their professional home, as well as the site of Super Bowl 51.

Published Feb 4, 2017

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Checkerboarding in Northern Idaho
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Checkerboarding in Northern Idaho

Lands along the Priest River show a human hand at work.

Published Jan 30, 2017

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Lake Powell and Grand Staircase-Escalante
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Lake Powell and Grand Staircase-Escalante

One of the largest reservoirs in the United States stands alongside one of the largest national monuments.

Published Jan 23, 2017

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Lagoa Mirim
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Lagoa Mirim

This lagoon along the Brazil-Uruguay border formed when sea level was much higher, and has since evolved from a marine to freshwater lake.

Published Jan 16, 2017

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Sunglint on Lake Titicaca
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Sunglint on Lake Titicaca

An astronaut photographed the interplay of light and wind on South America’s largest lake.

Published Jan 9, 2017

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Al Jawf, Eastern Libya
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Al Jawf, Eastern Libya

Different farming patterns mark various attempts to grow crops on the dry North African landscape.

Published Jan 2, 2017

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Laguna del Negro Francisco
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Laguna del Negro Francisco

Salt and wind have painted a colorful, swirling landscape in the highlands of central Chile.

Published Dec 26, 2016

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Uluru
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Uluru

This ancient rock is one of Australia’s major tourist attractions and a sacred place for indigenous people.

Published Dec 19, 2016

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Bear Lake
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Bear Lake

Situated on the Idaho-Utah border, it is one of the bigger lakes in the Rocky Mountains.

Published Dec 11, 2016

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Iberá Wetlands in Sunglint
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Iberá Wetlands in Sunglint

Hundreds of lakes and ponds dot this inland delta in Argentina.

Published Dec 5, 2016

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Fiery South Atlantic Sunset
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Fiery South Atlantic Sunset

Thin layers of lighter and darker blues reveal the many layers of the atmosphere.

Published Nov 28, 2016

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Look Again: It’s Not Snow
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Look Again: It’s Not Snow

These white mounds are the world’s largest gypsum dune field, centerpiece of the White Sands National Monument.

Published Nov 27, 2016

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Linear Dunes, Namib Sand Sea
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Linear Dunes, Namib Sand Sea

Dunes grow upon dunes at one of the most visually spectacular places on Earth, at least from an astronaut’s perspective.

Published Nov 21, 2016

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Cloudscape Over the Philippine Sea
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Cloudscape Over the Philippine Sea

Thunderhead anvils stretch out in three dimensions against the thin blue envelope of the atmosphere.

Published Nov 14, 2016

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Little Bahama Bank
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Little Bahama Bank

The shallow seas allow us to see vivid details of how waves, winds, and tides shape the islands.

Published Nov 7, 2016

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Sediment Patterns, Western Australia
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Sediment Patterns, Western Australia

Once clouds have cleared away, the effects of major storms often can be viewed from space for days and weeks.

Published Oct 31, 2016

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Caspian Sea
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Caspian Sea

The inland sea in Central Asia has a host of distinctive features along its shores.

Published Oct 24, 2016

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The Black Hills
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The Black Hills

The dark, pine-covered slopes rise up from the Great Plains like an island from a sea of grass.

Published Oct 23, 2016

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Santorini, Greece
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Santorini, Greece

The islands of this tourist mecca are actually the rim of an old volcano.

Published Oct 17, 2016

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A Curious Ensemble of Wonderful Features
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A Curious Ensemble of Wonderful Features

Parts of the Glen Canyon that John Wesley Powell explored in 1869 have been submerged by Lake Powell.

Published Oct 16, 2016

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