Potent Atmospheric Rivers Douse the Pacific Northwest
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The culprit was a phenomenon known as an atmospheric river. Atmospheric rivers are long, narrow bands of moisture that move like a river in the sky, carrying water vapor from the equator toward the poles. The animation above shows the signature of atmospheric rivers, including a particularly potent event that doused parts of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. By the end of the animation (January 18), an atmospheric river system appeared to connect British Columbia and southeastern Alaska to Hawaii. Research has shown that more than 80 percent of western U.S. flood damage over a 40-year period was due to atmospheric rivers.

A Short Journey to the Center of the Earth
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But at Gros Morne National Park, people can step on fragments of the mantle without having to dig an inch. On October 3, 2017, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired natural-color imagery of Gros Morne National Park. Those mountains have since eroded and left behind the gneiss and granite peaks of the Long Range. The park contains some of the tallest peaks of the Long Range mountains, including Big Level and Gros Morne Mountain (French for “great somber”). Gros Morne National Park also features some recent geologic history at the Western Brook Pond.

A Watery Day for Lake Lefroy
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For much of the year, an efflorescent salt crust makes Lake Lefroy stand out as a bright, white spot in satellite images. But after heavy rains, the ephemeral lake in Western Australia takes on a different look. Large volumes of water do not persist for long in Lake Lefroy because the region’s hot, dry climate encourages evaporation. While water pooled in early February in a pattern that resembles a tropical fish, it’s unlikely the pattern will last. Lake Lefroy is frequently reshaped by changes in the prevailing winds that transport water back and forth between different parts of the playa.

Elgol, Isle of Skye, Scotland by Ken Rennie
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Picture StoryI was hoping for either a stormy evening or a spectacular sunset but neither happened. So it was a 10 stop filter and see what a long exposure would bring. I couldn't get an image so I just stood and watched entranced by their beautiful presence. Hey VisitorDid you know that now we offer a VIP membership? Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada by Larry Day
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Picture StoryAs I sit in -40 degrees Celsius weather, I often wonder why we venture out. This picture was taken just before a polar vortex hit and the snow and cold hit all at once. I view small snippets of a larger picture to be just as valid as the sweeping grandeur of mountains. Hey VisitorDid you know that now we offer a VIP membership? Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway by Cezary Morga
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Picture StoryLongyearbyen, located about a thousand kilometers from the North Pole, is a former mining town and the Svalbard archipelago's biggest city. I took this picture in January 2020, right before the COVID essentially shut down travel. I remember that it was frigidly cold back then because of the tireless gusts of wind blowing the snow in my face. All the seasons offer different attractions, from Aurora Borealis spectacles, snowy twilight vistas through polar summer ideal for some wildlife photography. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Kluane National Park, Yukon, Canada by Atanu Bandyopadhyay
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Picture Story\"Staircase Icefall and Consolation Creek\". Why Staircase Icefall ? Above each staircase, there is a layer of thin ice and calm water reflecting the beauty of the mountain. Due to lack of my knowledge with such formation, I chose to call it Staircase Icefall. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Extreme Winter Weather Causes U.S. Blackouts
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A potent arctic weather system chilled much of the United States with frigid weather in mid-February 2021, shattering low-temperature records in the middle of the country. The extreme cold combined with several snow and ice storms to leave millions of people without power. According to news reports, natural gas shortages were already limiting power generation across Texas prior to the mid-February storm. He noted that Texas is the only state that has isolated its power grid from the rest of the country. The map above provides a view of the extreme cold associated with the arctic air mass.

South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA by J Fritz Rumpf
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Picture StoryIt had been an unusually strong snow storm. Many parts of the Grand Canyon park were closed to traffic. I almost did not get out of the car, since the temperature was below the freezing point, and the wind quite strong. Hard to believe that not too far from this spot, the Arizona desert stretches to the horizon. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Winter Beach, Grand Haven, MI, USA by Thomas Miller
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Picture StoryThe lake shore of Lake Michigan can be as beautiful as it is brutal. The day I was at the beach it was around ten degrees Fahrenheit. After shooting the lighthouse, which is the main attraction, I ventured along the beach looking for patterns in the snow and ice. Most of what you see in this photo is called shelf-ice, which is the build up of the waves that freeze along the beach. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Rainbow Park, Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England by Robert Palmer
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When I saw the weather conditions on this particular day, I knew I wanted to go to a local park to take some photos. Having become familiar with the park, I had a good idea of the viewpoints I could use. Having taken several shots around the park, I then had to process them to achieve the result I wanted. This gave me the overall “feel” that I wanted, the mood emanating from the conditions, the fog softening the shapes, the foreground tree being prominent. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Sarek NP, Swedish Lapland, Sweden by Marta Breto
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Picture StoryIt was my second attempt to cross Sarek National Park, also known as Europe’s last wilderness. I enjoyed my last incursion so much that I repeated the same autumn dates in order to photograph the reddish and yellow tones on the plants. We walked over the taiga and tundra, made some harsh river crossings, ate some blueberries and photographed reindeer herds and nice landscape views. Everything was so nice until suddenly my partner and I found ourselves trapped in the middle of a windstorm. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Sparta, WI, USA by Jackie Hubbard
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The woods creaked and swayed in the somberness of dying daylight, and I stood there beneath this tree. The branches were eerily twisting in all directions trying to reach to the top of the overcast sky. It stood there dormant and dark, seeming at first eerie with it’s bent branches and coarse, brown bark. With one click I had encapsulated this tree in that simple, sullen, solitary moment for the rest of time. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Tracking changes in the Arctic Ocean
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The Arctic Ocean is a dynamic place, and climate change is making it even more so. That picture is gradually becoming clearer, thanks to data collected by the Beaufort Gyre Observation System (BGOS), an ocean monitoring network developed and maintained by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers for nearly two decades. As one of the primary drivers of Arctic Ocean circulation, researchers are closely monitoring this gyre to understand changes in the Arctic region and how it affects the climate at lower latitudes. More than 160 publications have tapped into data from BGOS in recent years, covering such topics as ocean circulation, sea ice changes, and ecosystem and biogeochemistry dynamics. One recent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed a clear correlation between summer ice melt and the formation of high-energy swirling water masses known as eddies in the Arctic Ocean.

'Ropeless' Lobster Fishing Could Save The Whales. Could It Kill The Industry?
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'Ropeless' Lobster Fishing Could Save The Whales. But his buoys are gone and he is one of a handful of Massachusetts lobstermen testing ropeless fishing systems. Conservationists hope that fishermen like Rob Martin can prove ropeless fishing can save both the whales and the lobster industry. \"We need to put five boats out in a big square, fishing ropeless, mobile gear, and see what really happens.\" And if regulators shut down the entire lobster fishery in order to save the whales, lobstermen could face their own kind of extinction.

Mount Seymour, British Columbia, Canada by Michael Elkan
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Picture StoryFrom my home at sea level in Vancouver, British Columbia I look up at Mount Seymour in the North Shore Mountains. While it rarely snows in the city, the mountain peaks display their snowy summits throughout the winter. A good road zig-zags up Mount Seymour to provide winter access to a trail head used by back-country skiers and snow-shoe hikers. After climbing 45 Minutes, well before sunrise, I no longer need the headlamp as the eastern sky began to brighten. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Socovce Wetland, Turiec, Slovakia by Milan Gonda
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The central reach of the river flows through a flat country where the river regularly floods the landscape and it forms wetlands with unique fauna and flora. While most of the area is a nature reserve with restricted access, some parts are accessible to the public. It is a unique place with a lot of possibilities for landscape and wildlife photography throughout the whole year. In places where the wetland is shallow, plants and leaves from the trees get locked in the ice. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Niremont, Canton de Fribourg, Switzerland by Marie-Eve Glasson
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Picture StoryEarly December, one of the first snow had fallen and the mountains are again covered with their white coat. However, when I reached the car back, I saw that the clouds were still there, going up and down around the mountains. This was giving a very interesting atmosphere, but not really ideal for a sunset as I was in the fog for most of the ascent. The clouds were only left in the lower valleys, and above Lake Geneva, the sky was stunning, I was speechless. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Brean Down, North Somerset, England by John Brooks
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Picture StoryWinter in England can produce some unexpected results by virtue of the country being exposed on the coastline to prevailing winds from opposite directions. The west coast of England is blessed with a quality of light which can be very different to that possessed by the east coast. It seems less gentle and colder in tone than the east coast light, but this can be a pleasing quality for some images. Not expecting too much in terms of landscape image opportunities I ventured to the north Somerset coast lying to the south and west of my town. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Highlands Hammock SP, Florida, USA by Steve Nelson
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Follow us Follow usPicture StoryA quiet walk through cypress trees on the boardwalk leads to a scene over a small, slow running stream. All you can hear is the sound of a woodpecker off in the distance. This image of the cypress trees in pastel colors just optimized my mood that day. It is hard to get serenity out of the confusion of trees in Florida swamps, but this one did it for me. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

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