Rivers, lakes, volcanoes and even human development on Earth can take on an abstract aesthetic when viewed from space. Since 1972, NASA’s Landsat 8 satellites have kept a visual record of the planet’s changing landscape, showing how our coastlines, continents, and islands have been altered over the years, both through natural and human impact. Capturing nearly 700 images every day, Landsat images offer a unique perspective on the Earth and its geological features, which can appear strikingly beautiful. The unexpected patterns and vivid colors featured in Landsat photography could just have easily sprung from the easel of a great artist. Here’s a look at our planet as seen from NASA’s Earth-orbiting satellites
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No matter if it’s captured in a state of peace or destruction, Earth is a fascinating and beautiful place. Here are 22 of the best environmental photos taken for Reuters in 2016. From star trails in Kazakhstan to a breathtaking sunrise over the mountains of Austria, these photos will give you a unique perspective of the planet we live on.
It’s nice to set aside a day out of the year to remember that, despite all of the imaginary borders we set up to define ourselves, we’re all spinning through space on the same blue sphere together. With all that in mind, for this year’s Earth Day, here are some of the best images of our planet from space, because there’s nothing more sobering than the realization that all of human history is contained on a pale blue dot.
Earth Day isn’t officially until April 22 this year, but it doesn’t have to be Earth Day to admire this beautiful rock we live on. Despite being approximately 4.5 billion years old, the Earth proves age is just a number. No amount of photos can capture the full scope of it’s geodiversity and beauty, with its oceans, mountains, and skies. Here, we showcase some breathtaking images of Earth taken from the above by famed French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, author of the book “Earth From Above.”
Easter is here and people all around the world are getting ready to celebrate. And like many other holidays, Easter is celebrated with plenty of unique and delicious food. However, what commonly eaten at these festive meals differs depending on where in the world you live. From a marzipan-topped fruit cake in the UK to a stuffed savory pie in Argentina, here’s what Easter meals look like around the world in 16 different countries.
There are seven natural wonders in the world, and while each one — from the Grand Canyon to Mount Everest — is spectacular, we’ve been oversaturated with images of them. But there are lesser known sites that are equally stunning; places that look so surreal they’ll make you think you’re on another planet. From the weird-looking Dragon’s Blood Trees on Socotra Island, off of Yemen, to the Cave of the Crystals in Mexico, here are 17 of the world’s most otherworldly landscapes on the planet — you won’t believe they’re real.
It’s no secret that natural beauty and historical sites are being ruined by tourism. But at the same time, many countries and communities depend on tourism for survival. So the question is, how can tourists help the country they visit and not hurt it? These are 25 endangered historical sites being destroyed by tourists.
Earth Day isn’t officially until April 22 this year, but it doesn’t have to be Earth Day to admire this beautiful rock we live on. Despite being approximately 4.5 billion years old, the Earth proves age is just a number. No amount of photos can capture the full scope of it’s geodiversity and beauty, with its oceans, mountains, and skies. From the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland to the pink sand beaches of The Bahamas, our planet proves everyday that it’s one made for adventure. We pulled together 35 stunning photos of Earth that will take your breath away.
The world has a whole lot of beautiful, jaw-dropping places—this you know. But pinpointing all of the most beautiful places in the world could take a lifetime. However, we think that these 50 regal landscapes and awe-inspiring natural wonders need to move to the very top of your travel bucket list. Between the majestic waterfalls found throughout South America, to Spain’s gorgeous beaches, to the colorful cherry blossom fields in Japan, here are 50 of the most insanely beautiful places in the world you should try to visit in your lifetime.
Earth is home to some incredibly beautiful destinations. But unfortunately, some of the most stunning landscapes, natural sites and iconic man-made structures are in danger of disappearing because of climate change, air pollution, deforestation, and human carelessness. We sadly will be some of the last generations to see some of the Earth’s most cherished places. As such, the trend of visiting these places before they disappear is fast catching on. From Venice, Italy, to the Florida Everglades, here are some of the most famous sites and places travelers should visit before it’s too late.
It’s Valentine’s Day, and like a many other various holidays, different countries celebrate Valentine’s Day in different ways. Although in the U.S., shelves have been brimming with teddy bears and boxes of chocolate for the last few weeks, not every country turns to greeting cards and heart-shaped candies to declare love. Some exchange wooden spoons and pressed flowers, while others hold a special holiday for the loveless to mourn their single lives over black noodles. Here is a look at how 14 countries celebrate Valentine’s Day traditions all around the world.
Happy Chinese New Year! Each year, the holiday, also known as the Lunar New Year, begins on the first full moon between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. This year, that day fell on Saturday, Jan. 28. And with each turning year, comes the association of a new animal in the Chinese zodiac. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, and millions around the globe turned out to celebrate the occasion this past weekend. So, in honor of the Lunar New Year, here’s a brief explanation of the Chinese zodiac, as well as what your zodiac sign is and what that means to you.