Earth & Conservation

Must-See Planet Pics: Earth Shots

New England is parched, a rift in the Antarctic grows, and we get a bird's eye view of the "most crooked street in the world."

Whakaari, also known as White Island, is an active stratovolcano, situated 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the North Island of New Zealand in the Bay of Plenty. Whakaari is New Zealand's most active volcano, and has been built up by continuous eruptions over the past 150,000 years. The island is approximately 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) in diameter and rises to a height of 1,053 feet (321 meters) above sea level.

via Daily Overview, satellite imagery courtesy of Digital Globe

The Northeast is suffering its worse drought in a decade, according to NASA. A high-pressure ridge has stalled over the Southeast, pushing storms farther north than usual. It's left much of New York and New England with far less rain than usual.

August 2016 satellite photos show a rift on the glacier in Antarctica called Larsen C is much longer than previously thought. The rift could lead to a collapse similar to the one that occurred to the Larsen B ice shelf. "We don't know yet what will happen here," said Ala Khazendar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the NASA Earth Observatory site.

Lombard Street runs from east to west in San Francisco. With eight hairpin turns dispersed over a one-block section in the Russian Hill neighborhood, Lombard is often referred to as "the most crooked street in the world."

via Daily Overview, satellite imagery courtesy of Digital Globe

Glacial melting and flooding occurs every year by the Skafta River in Iceland. As the water travels down towards the North Atlantic Ocean, incredible patterns are created on the hillsides. Rising lava, steam vents, or newly opened hot springs can all cause this rapid ice melt, leading to a sizable release of water that picks up sediment as it flows down from the glaciers.

via Daily Overview, satellite imagery courtesy of Digital Globe

The Daldykan River in Siberia turned red in early September, apparently from pollution.

Sadly, it isn't the first time that the river has turned red. A user on the Russian social media site posted similar pictures back in 2014.

Credit: Association of Indigenous Peoples of Taimyr, via Facebook

Scientists have discovered an entirely new genus of bacteria living in hydraulic fracking wells, part of a thriving ecosystem of microorganisms that contains at least 31 different species.

Credit: Michael Wilkins, courtesy Ohio State University

A dance group performs on the cliffs in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province, in China.

Credit: China Daily/via REUTERS