Saturday, 14 April 2012



Best Earth Images of the Week - Apr. 13, 2012
Our Amazing Planet, 13 April 2012.

Deep-sea images, a wildfire in Florida and swirling ice floes, just the beginning of our photo picks this week…and there are a few stunning images too. 

1. Amur Leopard
Deep-Sea Life, FloridaCredit: Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo

Above, an Amur leopard explores his new exhibit at the San Diego Zoo, looking for something to climb while one of its two siblings relaxes in the background.

2. Hello! How are You?
Hello! How are You?Credit: NOAA.

This month, you can take a ride to a mysterious world of tube worms, strange fish and impressive crustaceans that dwell deep in the Gulf of Mexico, all without ever leaving your desk.

A live feed from a camera affixed to the remotely operated vehicle Little Hercules is available on the Web, complete with the commentary of the scientists who are directing the ROV from the research vessel Okeanos Explorer.

3. Smoke Plumes
Smoke PlumesCredit: NASA.

A satellite snapped an image this week of a massive plume of smoke hovering over a Florida forest. The smoke is coming from a large wildfire that has raged in the region since it was sparked by a lightning strike in the early hours of April 5.

Known as the County Line Wildfire, it has burned approximately 18 square miles (47 square kilometres) of the Osceola National Forest in the far northern part of the Sunshine State.

4. Ribbon Seal Census
Ribbon Seal CensusCredit: NOAA.

A joint team of U.S. and Russian scientists is slated to spend mid-April through May flying nearly 35,000 miles (56,000 kilometres) over Arctic waters that border the two countries aboard small aircraft.

The planes are scheduled to fly at altitudes between 800 and 1,000 feet (240 and 300 meters) to avoid disturbing the animals, and researchers will use high-resolution digital cameras and thermal sensors to spot the seals. The images will be analyzed later in the lab.

5. Intriguing Ice off Russia's Coast
Intriguing Ice off RussiaCredit: NASA

During the winter, the peninsula, and its numerous volcanoes, are blanketed in snows, while sea ice forms on the Pacific coastline. As these ice floes grind against each other, they produce smaller floes that can be moved by wind and currents, according to a NASA statement.

The irregular southeastern coastline of Kamchatka provokes large, circular eddy currents to spin off from the main southwestward-flowing Kamchatka current. Ice floes in the astronaut image highlight three such eddies.

6. Splendid Sea Life
Splendid Sea LifeCredit: © Greenpeace / John Hocevar

Footage from an expedition to some of the deepest seafloor canyons on Earth has revealed that life thrives in the darkness, as well as the toll that industrial-scale fishing is likely taking there.

A Greenpeace-sponsored expedition sent a manned submersible and remotely operated deep-diving robots to areas of the Zhemchug and Pribilof canyons, in the middle of the Bering Sea, after concerns over large-scale trawling and fisheries action in the region prompted calls for greater U.S. government protections for local marine life.

7. Fog Clouds
Fog CloudsCredit: NASA

The large white patch covering the Yellow Sea in this satellite image on March 28 is a thick layer of fog, a not uncommon site in this area.

The low-lying cloud formation covered an area roughly the size of the Korean Peninsula, stretching nearly 400 miles (900 kilometres) from Korea Bay to the Chinese city of Shanghai.

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

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