Gold Mountains of Altai
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Altai Mountains contains the most complete sequence of altitudinal vegetation zones in central Siberia. The region is home to the globally endangered snow leopard.
Los Glaciares National Park is located in the Southwest of Santa Cruz Province in the Argentine part of Patagonia. Los Glaciares owes its name to the numerous glaciers covering roughly half of the World Heritage property. Many of these glaciers are fed by the massive South Patagonian Ice Field, the most extensive South American relict of the glaciological processes of the Quaternary Period.
The Grand Canyon Watercolor
False color infrared image captures the huge variety in landscapes surrounding the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Natural color high resolution image of the greater Puget Sound area and Mount Ranier. The image shows the large urban expanse of the Seattle-Tacoma area, as well as the North Cascade Mountains.
Where east meets west, Istanbul is the capital of Turkey with a metropolitan area supporting more than 14 million people, the largest urban area in Europe, as well as the largest in the Middle East. Formerly named Constantinople and once the capital of the Roman Empire, the city was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity.
Surrounding one of the largest natural harbors in the world, Sydney is the largest city in Australia and Oceana with more than 4 million residents. The city extends to the west until it reaches the Blue Mountains.
The Salton Sea is the largest lake in California. It was created as an accident in the early 1900s as engineers were diverting water from the Colorado River. At the lake's deepest point it is 5 feet higher in elevation than Death Valley (230' below sea level).
Death Valley, located in the Mojave Desert in southeastern California, is the lowest point in North America at 282' below sea level. Furnace Creek is among the hottest places on earth with a record reported high of 134 degrees F in 1913.
This image captures several natural wonders found in California, including Mono Lake, the White Mountains, Mammoth, Yosemite Valley, and the Long Valley Caldera, a supervolcano which last errupted 760,000 years ago.
Anchorage, the state capitol of Alaska, is located on the upper reach of the Cook Inlet. To the west of the city is the large escarpment of the Chugach Mountains. Nearly half of the states population lives in Anchorage.
Flathead Lake and the snow-capped Canadian Rockies near Glacier National Park. The lake is part of the Rocky Mountain Trench, a glacial-cut valley which extends to the Yukon.
Colorado River Delta
The Colorado River Delta terminates into the Sea of Cortez in this false color infrared image. Since water diverssions began on the Colorado to support irrigation, much of the wetlands this region once supported have vanished.
California's Central Valley is one of the most economically important agricultural regions in the world. Nearly 300 different crops are grown including a recent transition to high value commodities like almonds, and wine grapes. The region also faces intense urrbanization pressures in its numerous cities which run along the eastern side of the valley.
Some of the largest tides in the world are found in Bristol Bay. The region is also one of the most important salmon fishing locations in the world, where massive runs of sockeye are caught every year.