"Photos like these have always been defining moments in my life. Mountains are one of nature’s humble giants that have been carved by ancient glaciers, wind and ice. Their sublime beauty has an invigorating sense which has always given me the pathway to reconnect with the planet. Mountains are important to us in the sense that they regulate our water and climate, and offer a powerful representation of just how stunning our planet is." Earth Hour guest blogger Ashley Crowther sharing this image and insight for International Mountain Day.
The latest images from #YourPlanet - submissions by @ingridmariemh (Norway) @rkarlts (Indonesia), @samerghabra (Lebanon), @purpleosh (USA), @lillbabbs (Norway), @oxaudo (USA), @carozcorner (Norway), @skamankee (Alaska, USA), @ninasfoto11 (Elephant Eye), @khristway (Indonesia)
Urban. Mountain. Sky. - Christoph Malin’s mesmerizing time lapse featuring the Earth Hour event in Innsbruck, Austria
In Harrison’s photos, the rotation of the Earth makes the stars appear as if they’re traveling across the sky.
For more amazing footage of the night sky, check out “Under The Namibian Sky,” a time-lapse video made with more than 250 hours of compressed footage. »http://youtu.be/EM5lM5WEY3Q
A satellite image of a phytoplankton bloom stretching across the Barents Sea off the coast of mainland Europe’s most northern point, Cape Nordkinn. Free-floating phytoplankton highlight the whirls of ocean currents in spectacular shades of blue and green. These microscopic marine organisms that drift on or near the surface of oceans and seas have been called ‘the grass of the sea’ beca…use they are the foundation of the oceanic food chain. Phytoplankton are able to convert inorganic compounds such as water, nitrogen and carbon into complex organic materials. With their ability to ‘digest’ these compounds, they are credited with removing as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as their plant ‘cousins’ on land - therefore having a profound influence on climate. They are also sensitive to environmental changes, so it is important to monitor and model phytoplankton into calculations of future climate change. This image was released as part of WWF’s 2012 Living Planet Report © ESA
A satellite image of the Canary Islands with unique cloud formations, created by ‘Von Karman vortices’, off the coast of Africa (right) in the Atlantic Ocean. These vortices, named after aeronautical engineer Theodore von Karman, form as air flows around an object in its path, causing it to separate and create eddies in its wake. The clockwise and counter-clockwise spirals in this image were created as wind blowing from the north over the Atlantic was disturbed by the archipelago. The islands are (left to right): El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. © ESA
The Amazon rainforest as seen from space - this image was shared exclusively with the Earth Hour community as Hora Do Planeta hit Brazil on March 31. This year, the Rio+20 Earth Summit will take place between 20 - 22 June 2012, focusing on sustainable development poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development. Greenpeace International Exectutive Director Kumi Naidoo will dye his beard green for Rio+20 because 10,000 people accepted his IWIYW challenge to support Earth Hour. (Image ESA/NASA)
As Earth Hour made its way across the Middle East, we shared this exclusive image of the fertile Nile River in Egypt as seen from space. Andre Kuipers observed Earth Hour from the International Space Station for the first time in 2012. The images of our planet were shown over the Earth Hour weekend to give some perspective as to what it is we’re trying to save by going beyond the hour each year. Isn’t our world beautiful? (Image ESA/NASA)