Beautiful Earth

Sun streams into the entrance of Deer Cave
Sun streams into the entrance of Deer Cave in Gunung Mulu National Park, Borneo.

Credit: Syria Lejau, Gunung Mulu National Park

A caribou skull
A caribou skull glistens white against the tundra of northern Alaska.

Credit: Daniel Ackerman

A stand of aspen trees
A stand of aspen trees scatters sunlight on Boulder Mountain in Utah. Aspens are one of many trees under study as NSF researchers evaluate the impacts of global warming.

Credit: Martin Venturas, University of Utah

A rocky outcrop rises over the Alaskan tundra.
A rocky outcrop rises over the Alaskan tundra.

Credit: Daniel Ackerman

Green Bank Telescope in the summer.

Credit: NSF/GBO 20; photo by Jill Malusky

Castle Rock, a natural geologic landmark near McMurdo Station in Antarctica

Credit: Joshua Swanson; Source: U.S. Antarctic Program photo library

The Milky Way Galaxy is seen over the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array west of Socorro, New Mexico.

Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF, Jeff Hellerman (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported -- CC BY 3.0).

ALVIN water robot
The iconic submersible ALVIN has made more than 5,000 dives. With its latest upgrades, ALVIN can reach as deep as 21,000 feet below the ocean’s surface.

Credit: Luis Lamar, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Corona Arch in Utah
Corona Arch in Utah, like many rock arches, “sings” imperceptibly as vibrations pass through it. The vibrations were revealed by NSF-funded scientists recording the tiny motions using seismometers.

Credit: Alison Starr, University of Utah

Steaming lava glowing
Steaming lava glows during a nighttime eruption at Toludskoye lava field in Russia.

Credit: Benjamin R. Edwards

volcano erupting
The appropriately named Caliente lava dome erupts on the western flank of Guatemala’s Santa María volcano.

Credit: Jeffrey Johnson, Department of Geosciences, Boise State University

lava flows
Lava flows from Russia’s Tolbachik volcanoes during an eruption in 2012.

Credit: Benjamin R. Edwards