Geo-Pict of the Day

16 08 2009

Another spectacular example from the Earth as Art series.


The Lena River, some 2,800 miles(4,500km) long, is one of the largest rivers in the world. The Lena Delta Reserve is the most extensive protected wilderness area in Russia. It is an important refuge and breeding grounds for many species of Siberian wildlife.

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Earth as Art: The Andes

24 07 2009

Vivid colors belie the arid landscape of northern Chile where the Atacama Desert, one of the world’s driest, meets the foothills of the Andes. Here salt pans and gorges choked with mineral-streaked sediments give way to white-capped volcanoes.

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Source: NASA

Geo-Pict of the Day

13 08 2008

Today’s Geo-Pict is from NASA’s Earth as Art series, a striking satellite image of Lake Disappointment in Western Australia.

Lake Disappointment is an ephemeral salt lake that covers approximately 370,650 acres on the edge of Western Australia’s Gibson Desert. Explorer Frank Hann supposedly named the lake in 1897 after following a number of creeks that he thought would lead to a large lake. They did, but the lake’s extremely salty water was not drinkable.

Lake Disappointment, Australia

Lake Disappointment, Australia

Geo-Pict: Cubical Pyrite

31 01 2008

Cubical Pyrite

I thought this was so interesting — cubical pyrite, exemplar on its rock mother with an antiquity of 120 million years, coming fron Navajun (La Rioja, Spain), by Jesús Manuel Nieto Bobadilla of Alicante, Spain.

The Earth as Art

5 11 2007

The West Fjords are a series of peninsulas in northwestern Iceland. They represent less than one-eighth the country’s land area, but their jagged perimeter accounts for more than half of Iceland’s total coastline.

Earth as Art; Fjords

Source: NASA; Library of Congress

Geo Pict of the Day

27 08 2007

Earth as Art: Cloud formations over the western Aleutian Islands.

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Geo-Pict: Yellowknife Wetlands as Art

23 06 2007

Extensive wetlands lie near the town of Yellowknife, near the Great Slave Lake in northern Canada. The shallow lakes seen in this image have formed in grooves in the landscape that were carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age.


Yellowknife Wetlands as Art


You can download poster version of this image! Click here.


Image courtesy of USGS National Center for EROS and NASA Landsat Project Science Office