Amazing places on Earth: a view from space

Karst sculpture in the south-eastern part of China. (Photo: Robert Simmon / NASA Earth Observatory / Landsat 8).


Bazeman volcano in the south-eastern part of Iran. Not a single eruption of this volcano has been documented in history until nwo, but volcanic gas is constantly coming out of it. Probably it is not an extinct but rather a dormant volcano. The picture was taken from the International Space Station. (Photo: NASA / Expedition 38 ISS).


And this is the Bering Sea during the phytoplankton blooming. According to scientists, milk-colored water indicates that the coccolithophorids are growing underwater. (Photo: NASA / MODIS).


Lake Elton in Russia is located near the Kazakhstan border. It has a very high level of salinity and it is very shallow with an average depth of about half a meter. And the brown spot that can be seen in the picture is the deepest place of the lake, in which silt and sediments are accumulated and so staining the water. (Photo: NASA).


Sunset on the Baltic Sea. The picture was taken on June 15, 2010 with the ISS. (Photo: NASA / Expedition 40 ISS).


Dust and sand layer over the Sahara desert; and you can observe cumulus clouds above the desert. (Photo: NASA / Expedition 40 ISS).


Plankton flowering in the Indian Ocean, 600 kilometers south of the coast of Australia. (Photo: Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon / NASA Earth Observatory).


Melted ice on the top of the glacier in the southeast of Alaska. The picture was taken on July 16, 2014 from an ER-2 aircraft. (Photo: NASA).


Okavango Delta in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa illuminated by sunlight. The picture was taken on June 6, 2010 with the ISS. (Photo: NASA).


These are agricultural lands in Argentine Pampa, and among them you can see a forest guitar. It was created in the late 70's by Pedro Martin Ureta, in honor of his late wife. It is planted by seven thousand trees most of which are cypresses and eucalyptus trees. The picture was taken by Terra satellite. (Photo: NASA / GSFC / METI / ERSDAC / JAROS).


Chiltepe Peninsula in the west of Nicaragua with the Apoyke volcanic complex. The peninsula is surrounded by a lake called Managua. In the middle of the peninsula there is a caldera [an extensive circus basin with steep walls] Apoyeke with a lake 2.8 km wide and 400 meters deep. The last eruption of the Apoyke volcano occurred about 2000 years ago. (Photo: NASA / Expedition 38 ISS).


Cloudless sky over the Iberian Peninsula. One can see the snow-capped Cantabrian Mountains in the Northern Spain. Below is the largest plateau in Europe called Meseta, to the east you can find the Pyrenees, and above them the Central French Massif. The picture was taken on March 8, 2014. (Photo: Jeff Schmaltz / NASA GSFC).


The Venetian lagoon. The red area on the right is the Venetian roofs. Above them is Mestre, the region of Venice located on the mainland. (Photo: NASA / Expedition 39 ISS).


There are 28 active glaciers on the North Patagonian Glacier Plateau. The San Quentin Glacier is the largest of them, on the left you can see the starting point, which flows into the lake. (Photo: NASA / ISS).


Hurricane named Eduard was captured on September 16, 2010 from the ISS. And its "eye" has a diameter of about 30 kilometers. (Photo: NASA / Expedition 41 ISS / Reid Wiseman).


Meanders (smooth curves of the river bed) of the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA. (Photo: Jesse Allen, Robert Simmon / NASA Earth Observatory / Landsat).


Forest fire near the Funny River area, Alaska. (Photo: Jesse Allen / NASA Earth Observatory / Landsat 8).


The complex of Ijen volcanoes on the island of Java. There is a caldera with an acid lake on the right side of it (pH 0.3). (Photo: Jesse Allen / NASA Earth Observatory / Landsat).


African sands carried away by the winds right into the Atlantic Ocean. It is interesting though that these sands travel all over the ocean to reach the Americas, and the minerals that are contained in them fertilize the American forests. About 40 million tons of Sahara sands fall into the lowlands of the Amazon each year. (Photo: NASA / Expedition 40 ISS).


The meanders of the Amazon River. (Photo: Jesse Alle / NASA Earth Observatory / Landsat).


Drought in the Southern Brazil. The photo shows the dried up water reservoir of Jaguari, one of five reservoirs that supply the state of Sao Paulo with water. (Photo: Jesse Allen / NASA Earth Observatory / Landsat).


Badyn-Jaran in China. The picture displays lakes located among the highest dunes in the world (reach a height of 500 meters). (Photo: NASA).


King Sound: a gulf in Western Australia, where you can observe the world's highest tides. (Photo: NASA / Expedition 40 ISS).


This is Nishino-shima, a volcanic island that belongs to Japan. Last November, a new island appeared just 500 meters from it as a result of the eruption of an underwater volcano, which grew so fast that in a month both islands split together. The picture was taken on March 30, 2014. (Photo: Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon / NASA Earth Observatory / Landsat 8).


Murzuk (sandy desert) in Libya. The dark area in the picture is the volcanic mountains of Tibesti. The picture was taken with the ISS on November 26, 2014. (Photo: NASA / Expedition 42 ISS).


Look, it’s us! This wonderful photograph of our planet was made by the satellite Suomi NPP on March 30, 2014. (Photo: Robert Simmon / NASA Earth Observatory).