Category Archives: Nature

Two 1998 observations of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa by the Galileo spacecraft stitched together by NASA engineer Kevin Gill. He geeks off thus:

Processed using low resolution color images (IR, Green, Violet) from March 29 1998 overlaying higher resolution unfiltered images taken September 26 1998. Map projected to Mercator, scale is approximately 225.7 meters per pixel, representing a span of about 1,500 kilometers.

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The annual migration of Siberian seagulls toward their winter home on the sacred Indian rivers of Ganga and Yamuna, photographed in the early morning light at Delhi by Navin Vatsa.

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The spectacular result of a sprinkler malfunction on the top floor of a 21 storey Chicago hotel and storage facility during last week’s vicious cold snap.

Photographs by Andrew Hickey.

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Epic black and white time-lapse footage of storms over central and southwest US in 2017 shot in 8K (4320p, though it’s only viewable in 4K on YouTube) by storm chaser Mike Oblinski.

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Uli Westphal’s Elephas Anthropogenus project – a collection of images depicting how Europeans imagined elephants from the Fall of Rome to the end of the Rennaissance. to wit:

After the fall of the Roman Empire, elephants virtually disappeared from Western Europe. Since there was no real knowledge of how this animal actually looked, illustrators had to rely on oral and written transmissions to morphologically reconstruct the elephant, thus reinventing an actual existing creature.

MORE: Elephas Anthropogenus

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Waves off the Nantucket Coast of Massachusetts, which experienced a  -11°C cold snap this week, rendered into a slush of rolling ice (and a sluggish break for surfer Jamie Briard) snapped by Jonathan Nimerfroh.

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Incredible footage of a Halitrephes maasi jellyfish captured by researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus 4,000 feet underwater at the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja California, Mexico. To wit:

Radial canals that move nutrients through the jelly’s bell form a starburst pattern that reflects the lights of ROV Hercules with bright splashes of yellow and pink,” the Nautilus crew shares. “But without our lights this gelatinous beauty drifts unseen in the dark.

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A frankly whopping Archachatina Marginata Ovum (giant West African ‘banana rasp’ snail) proudly displayed by German insect enthusiast and breeder Adrian Kozakiewicz.

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