The Bert Wildfire in the Kaibab National Forest located near Valle, AZ began on May 28, 2016 was started by lightning. The Bert Wildfire has consumed 3,041 acres. U.S. Forest Service photo.
The $5.4 billion expansion of the 102-year-old Panama Canal has been unveiled. It features a new set of locks that can accommodate ships carrying nearly three times as many containers as in the past. Credit: Panama Canal, via YouTube
Here's a satellite image depicting a plankton bloom in waters off the coast of Alaska. The key nutrient for the tiny organisms, iron, can enter the gulf waters via volcanic eruptions or airborne dust from dry lake beds and streams. Credit: NASA
Here's an undersea view of coral at the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Coral has been in the news lately as Australia's Great Barrier Reef has suffered the worst mass bleaching event in its history due to climate change heightened by a strong El Niño.
The European Space Agency's twin Sentinel-1 satellites captured pictures of the land surface of Romania, which were combined to form this vividly-hued image. The detail shows the extent to which the satellites can detect even the slightest deformations of land areas. Credit: ESA
A butterfly alights on an Echinacea plant in the People's Garden in Washington, DC. Environmentalists are concerned about the effect of habitat loss and pesticides on butterflies. Credit: USDA Photo by Lance Cheung
Here's a recent kinetic image of water runoff on South Fork American River, El Dorado County, California. Credit: John Chacon California Department of Water Resources