Thursday, 23 February 2012


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Best Earth Images of the Week – 17 February 2012
Our Amazing Planet,  17 February 2012.

The tiniest chameleon, frozen delights and incredible lava flows — these are just the beginning. Check out our choices for this week's Best Earth Images.

1. Frozen Canals in Venice

On Feb. 6, 2012, Venice's famed canals were choked with ice. Credit: mesebar2/flickr.

Known for mild winters, the European region has experienced a brutal winter season so far. Cold air pouring into Europe has created heavy snow in Rome, and pictured here, Venice's frozen canals.

2. A Southern Glow
Southeastern US at night

The southeastern part of the South glows at night, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico and lower Atlantic Seaboard states. Credit: NASA/JSC.

This astronaut's photograph captures the southeastern United States at night. The image includes Atlanta, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida which are the brightest two spots.

3. Snow Leopards

A snow leopard visits its relic site in Wangchuck Centennial Park, Bhutan. This is a spot where it repeatedly marks its territory. Credit: Royal Government of Bhutan (DoFPS) and WWF.

New footage from camera traps in Bhutan's newest reserve caught snow leopard activities including scent-marking and hunting. These rare cats are very elusive which makes the photographs very valuable.

4. Frozen River in Budapest

Credit: stromnessdundee/flickr.

A ship moves down the ice choked Danube River in Budapest, Hungary, on Feb. 9, 2012.

5. ISS Eyeful

An astronaut photograph of auroras dancing over North America. Credit: NASA. [ISS = International Space Station]

This astronaut's photograph show the aurora borealis over the Pacific Northwest in January. This is the start of a pilot project documenting the stunning sight from below and above.

6. Mystery Solved

The mysterious stone circle, seen from an airplane. Credit: Chris Czajkowski.

A mysterious circle of stones in the Chilcotin Range in British Columbia caught the eye of a group of researchers. The circle, visible on Google Earth, is apparently a feature left by deglaciation.

7. Extraordinary Mount Enta

Mount Etna's newest lava flow from it's most recent eruption contrasts against the white snow blanketing the mountain. Credit: Boris Behncke.

The volcano's New Southeast Crater cone sprayed a lava flow early this month. The lava flow stopped about 2 miles (3 kilometers) shy of the crater.

8. Tiny, I Mean Tiny!

A juvenile of the tiniest chameleon species ever discovered perches on a researcher's fingertip. Credit: PLoS One.

This tiny critter hides up in the branches to sleep at night — a mere 4 inches off the ground. The adults of the species are only 1 inch long when fully developed.

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[Source: Our Amazing Planet. Edited. Top image added.]

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