Photos of the Week: 5/31-6/6

This is my sixth edition of "Photos of the Week", and I have to say that I'm really enjoying it, and plan to keep it up indefinitely - thank you for the continued feedback. The way I keep thinking of the series is like this: Remember your past week, all the things you did, big and small? Well, while you were doing that, here are a few other things that took place around the world at the same time -- the Earth remains an endlessly interesting place. In this week's edition, the world's largest tree hug, vandalized prehistoric rock art in Libya, a newly released Hubble image, a Black Bloc protester, and much more.

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    Nepal After the Earthquake

    A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal early on Saturday, centered 10 miles below the surface, less than 50 miles from the capital of Kathmandu. At least 1,100 are already reported to have been killed by the quake and subsequent avalanches triggered in the Himalayas.

  • Smithsonian.com

    Winners of the 2014 Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

    The editors of Smithsonian magazine have announced the winners of their 12th annual photo contest, selected from more than 26,500 entries.

  • Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images

    The Eruption of Chile's Calbuco Volcano

    Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted on Wednesday, spewing a giant funnel of ash high into the sky over a sparsely populated, mountainous area, triggering a red alert. Authorities ordered an evacuation for a 10-kilometer (six-mile) radius around the volcano.

  • NASA

    Earth Day 45

    First organized in 1970, Earth Day is a day set aside to remember and appreciate the Earth's environment, and our responsibilities and roles within it. Today, April 22, we observe the 45th annual Earth Day, and though many things have changed for the better, environmental challenges remain.

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