Curious Clouds in the Transantarctic Mountains
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On December 29, 2020, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired these images of soft-edged clouds hovering over the Eisenhower Range of Antarctica’s Transantarctic Mountains. The clouds have the hallmarks of lenticular clouds that can form along the crests of mountain waves. In the United States, lenticular clouds are particularly common around the Rocky Mountains. This natural-color image has been enhanced with infrared light to separate the white clouds from the white snow and ice below. Still, a few people have witnessed lenticular clouds in Antarctica firsthand.

Meet the Alvin 6500 Team: Lane Abrams
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In 1991, Abrams was working as an electrical engineer at Bell Labs in New Jersey, when he saw a help wanted ad in the Boston Globe for the Alvin Group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Abrams’ group reconfigured the electrical systems during the last overhaul, anticipating that the group was set to extend its range from 4,500 to 6,500 meters. This is the second interview in a multi-part series with members of the Alvin Group. Oceanus: What do you do for the Alvin Group? We’ve purposely built Alvin so that the electrical system is a small part of what is required to keep people safe.

Gold Mining in Russia’s Central Aldan Ore District
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But in places such as the Central Aldan ore district in the Russian Far East—where concentrations of the precious metal have been discovered—mining operations are large enough to be seen from space. Central Aldan is one of Russia’s largest gold ore districts, with the mineral occurring in numerous deposits, or “lodes,” in the fractured rock. The Kuranakh gold deposit was discovered in 1947, and a moderate amount of gold was extracted by 1955. In areas where a lode has been eroded, pieces of gold can become concentrated by rivers and streams into placer deposits. From April to December in the 2019 mining season, three dredges extracted 18,600 ounces of gold from the Bolshoy Kuranakh placer deposit.

Smart cameras keep lookout for endangered whales
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With numbers hovering around 360 individuals, the North Atlantic right whale is critically endangered. Authorities in the U.S. and Canada use spotter planes to search for North Atlantic right whales so they can issue warnings to nearby ships. But planes can’t be used at night or in bad weather, nor can observers detect whales swimming in deep water. The cameras are linked to artificial intelligence that Zitterbart's team has trained on examples of waves, birds, vessels and whales. Unlike human observation from planes and boats, these cameras don’t require ambient light, so they can spot whales around the clock.

Haukland Beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway by David DesRochers
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Picture StoryTraveling to a winter destination always carries the risk of an extreme weather event interfering with travel plans. My flight canceled, my only option was to board a ferry that was scheduled to stop in Leknes. My four-hour journey turned into 6 hours before I arrived at Svolvær where I found shelter for the night. I arrived in Leknes the next day where the snow was measured, not in inches but in feet. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Timberline Ski Area, Mount Hood, Oregon, USA by Lynn Hopwood
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Picture StoryDecember 27, 2020 I left my home in Prosser, Washington at 4:00 am and drove through thick winter fog for approximately an hour before it cleared on my way to Timberline Ski area near Government Camp, Oregon. This famous ski location has a great view of Mount Hood and I wanted to be there before sunrise. Because it was a Sunday morning when I arrived at the Timberline Ski area near Government Camp, Oregon I encountered more car congestion than I had planned for, which slowed down my time considerably. I was stunned and amazed by the pink sky and lenticular cloud over the top of Mount Hood. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

St-Donat-de-Montcalm, Quebec, Canada by Jacques Geoffroy
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Picture StoryIn mid December on a snowshoe trek at St-Donat-de-Montcalm, Quebec, Canada, I was hoping to find a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the top of the mountain. I was entranced by the snow covering the trees in the foreground and the mountains in the background. Hey VisitorDid you know that now we offer a VIP membership? Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers. Benefits of VIP membership:• Your personal portfolio page – click here to see sample• We promote your portfolio monthly to over 400,000 followers• Download 12 new issues of the magazine every year• Download ALL back issues• Download 2 premium eBooks worth £19.45.

South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA by J Fritz Rumpf
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Picture StoryIt had been an unusually strong snow storm. Many parts of the Grand Canyon park were closed to traffic. I almost did not get out of the car, since the temperature was below the freezing point, and the wind quite strong. Hard to believe that not too far from this spot, the Arizona desert stretches to the horizon. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Rainbow Park, Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England by Robert Palmer
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When I saw the weather conditions on this particular day, I knew I wanted to go to a local park to take some photos. Having become familiar with the park, I had a good idea of the viewpoints I could use. Having taken several shots around the park, I then had to process them to achieve the result I wanted. This gave me the overall “feel” that I wanted, the mood emanating from the conditions, the fog softening the shapes, the foreground tree being prominent. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Krafla, Myvatn, Reykjahlid, Iceland by Dominiek Cottem
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Picture StoryThe geothermal area of Krafla seen from the edge of the Viti crater (North East of Iceland). Outside of expectations, it already started to snow in the north-east of the country at the end of September. A combination of frozen snow and the ice made it a surprisingly tough hike on very slippery slopes. The ever-changing light in Iceland is one of the elements that make this country so unique for landscape photographers. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Colorado River, Moab, Utah, USA by Bruce Hucko
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Picture StoryThe high desert of the Colorado Plateau experiences all seasons, and nothing, to me, validates how cold it can get as when the Colorado River freezes over. I mean bank to bank and almost thick enough to walk across (but don't try it). When conditions are right it usually takes a few weeks of prolonged cold for the ice to form. From my vantage point the side of the highway I looked down to see full ice, broken in a few places, yet still frozen bank to bank. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada by Susan Dykstra
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Picture StoryIn my home town of Thunder Bay we rarely get this beautiful hoarfrost in the valley. On this particular day it was amazing to see that it was so thick with frost and lasted most of the day. As I lie on my back in the snow I was looking for pleasing compositions of the white branches covered with frost against the blue of the sky. Hey VisitorDid you know that now we offer a VIP membership? Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Sparta, WI, USA by Jackie Hubbard
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The woods creaked and swayed in the somberness of dying daylight, and I stood there beneath this tree. The branches were eerily twisting in all directions trying to reach to the top of the overcast sky. It stood there dormant and dark, seeming at first eerie with it’s bent branches and coarse, brown bark. With one click I had encapsulated this tree in that simple, sullen, solitary moment for the rest of time. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Canyonlands NP, Utah, USA by Peter Boehringer
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Everybody wants to catch the moment with the orange glow on the arch plus a sunburst in the frame to boot. Let’s be honest, it is a cool shot and you can’t blame people who want to witness and photograph the moment. The only requirement is having a wide angle lens and drive up to the trailhead very early in the morning. BUT, what if contrary to everybody else who is using a wide angle lens you get out your 200 mm lens? Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Uffington Castle, Oxfordshire, England by David Hawkes
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Wonderful, a great exhibition and a fascinating and beautiful house; almost a pilgrimage to anyone in love with photography. Also known for one of the famous white horse chalk carvings laid near to the top of the site. As the highest point in Oxfordshire it offers views for miles around - over six counties. It was the first time I had ever used a high resolution digital camera and the detail when printed astonished me. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

The eccentric scientist behind the ‘gold standard’ COVID-19 test
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“If you're doing any sort of DNA studies, PCR is just the thing you do,” says pioneering genomics researcher Eric Green. In this process, scientists put their desired genetic sequence into the genomes of bacteria, which then divided and replicated both themselves and the introduced genetic code. After that fateful weekend in his cabin, Mullis returned to work at Cetus Corporation in Emeryville, California. Meanwhile, Shirley Kwok, a scientist at Cetus, was applying PCR to study HIV but was getting annoyed with the process. White ended up running the PCR division there, along with over a hundred Cetus scientists he took with him.

Unexpected life is discovered in a deep, dark Antarctic world
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Image: British Antarctic SurveyThe yellow star shows where scientists observed life under the ice shelf in this study. \"These animals discovered under the ice shelf are probably no exception,\" said Aronson, who had no involvement with the research. And in the deep sea, which is mostly unexplored, finding novel, stunning life is the norm. And the deep sea tells us to expect surprises. \"Because Antarctica and the deep sea are so unexplored, of course we should expect the unexpected,\" said Aronson.

Socovce Wetland, Turiec, Slovakia by Milan Gonda
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The central reach of the river flows through a flat country where the river regularly floods the landscape and it forms wetlands with unique fauna and flora. While most of the area is a nature reserve with restricted access, some parts are accessible to the public. It is a unique place with a lot of possibilities for landscape and wildlife photography throughout the whole year. In places where the wetland is shallow, plants and leaves from the trees get locked in the ice. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Niremont, Canton de Fribourg, Switzerland by Marie-Eve Glasson
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Picture StoryEarly December, one of the first snow had fallen and the mountains are again covered with their white coat. However, when I reached the car back, I saw that the clouds were still there, going up and down around the mountains. This was giving a very interesting atmosphere, but not really ideal for a sunset as I was in the fog for most of the ascent. The clouds were only left in the lower valleys, and above Lake Geneva, the sky was stunning, I was speechless. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Audubon NC, Boston, Massachusetts, USA by Lars Waldmann
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Picture StoryThe Massachusetts Audubon Society owns conservation land right here in the city. I have been fortunate to go to the area a lot, because our grandson attends a preschool there. After we picked up our grandson, we walked trails and came across this beautiful scene. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers. Benefits of VIP membership:• Your personal portfolio page – click here to see sample• We promote your portfolio monthly to over 400,000 followers• Download 12 new issues of the magazine every year• Download ALL back issues• Download 2 premium eBooks worth £19.45.

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