In northern Japan, the Tsugaru Railway operates between Tsugaru Goshogawara and Tsugaru Nakazato stations, about 12 miles apart, or a 45 minute ride through a quiet rural landscape.
On January 23, 1973, a previously-unknown fissure in the Earth beneath the small Icelandic island of Heimaey opened up less than a mile from the town of Vestmannaeyjar.
Over the weekend, a massive storm system spawned dozens of tornadoes and caused extensive damage across a swath of the southern United States, from Texas to Florida.
Gathered here are a few recent images of the chilly weather across the north.
Some expeditions require little more than a car and semi-serious walking shoes
For the past few years, Getty Images photographer Kevin Frayer has been covering China’s Steel production facilities, from massive state-run factories to small unauthorized steel producers.
Part of our ongoing series of photo essays at the Atlantic titled Americans at Work. This week, images of Port Houston, the busiest port for deep-draft vessels in the United States, made by photographer Daniel Kramer:
Part of our ongoing series of photo essays at the Atlantic titled Americans at Work. This week, observations of the daily commute made workers in big cities from photographer Cassandra Zampini.
This week’s essay focuses on inner-city agriculture programs by photographer Preston Gannaway.
Recently, Reuters photographer Sergei Karpukhin spent time in Russia’s far north, visiting reindeer herders as they brought their herds into the settlement of Krasnoye.
Out of an estimated 1,500 active volcanoes, 50 or so erupt every year, spewing steam, ash, toxic gases, and lava.
As Iraqi and Kurdish troops close in on the ISIS stronghold of Mosul in Iraq, militants fleeing the region have been setting oil wells ablaze, blackening the skies with oily soot for miles
Last night hundreds of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters attempted to force their way through police barricades. They were met with water cannons, tear gas,and rubber bullets, resulting in dozens of injuries.
Snapshots of human impact on the landscape in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada
Getty Images photographer Mario Tama recently spent several days accompanying NASA scientists making 12-hour research flights over West Antarctica.
Recent subterranean scenes from around the world
Can satellite images of our planet's varied terrain make humanity's impact apparent?
One last overview of autumn
Examining humanity's relationship to one of the most basic, and precious, natural resources
For thousands of years, when farmers in mountainous regions have expanded their farms to grow crops on the steep slopes, they have carved massive steps into the terrain.
It’s starting to feel like my favorite time of year once more—the autumnal equinox took place last week.
The current active lava flow (named “61g”) from Hawaii's Kīlauea Volcano began as an eruption in May, and has spent months making its way to the shoreline.
A 160,000-mile quest to visit all 59 of the country's natural treasures
Inside a laboratory at the forefront of the fight against Zika
For months, protesters have camped in the frigid North Dakota winter, opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Recently, state officials ordered them to evacuate the campground, located on federal land, due to spring flooding.
Over the past few days, thousands and thousands of citizens around the world marched through the streets, voicing their opposition to, or support for, dozens of issues.
This week, our “Americans at Work” photo essay features photographs of millennial freelancers living in Los Angeles made by photographer Jessica Chou.
An overflowing dam in California, the Yanshui Beehive Rockets Festival in Taiwan, Beyonce at the Grammys, Carnival in Venice, protests in Romania, and much more.