For a number of reasons, natural and human, people have abandoned many places around the world.
The Dead Sea, on the border between Israel and Jordan, is the lowest and saltiest body of water in the world—and experts say it is on course to dry out by 2050.
Over the past week, I took a virtual tour with Google Earth, and wanted to share some of these snapshots of the human landscape in Mexico.
Parts of California have just experienced the wettest winter on record—months of rain have refilled reservoirs and snow has covered the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Festivals and glimpses of the new season from around the world, as we shake off the winter and greet the spring
Getty Images photographer Mario Tama just returned from the Arctic, after accompanying researchers with NASA's Operation IceBridge as they flew research flights above the Arctic Ocean.
Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, is not only the highest active volcano in Europe at 10,810 feet (3,295 meters), but is one of the most active in the world.
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.
Images of the busiest port for deep-draft vessels in the United States, made by photographer Daniel Kramer
Observations of the daily journeys made by workers in big cities from photographer Cassandra Zampini
Images of urban 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?
Images of the vertical cityscape, street scenes, monuments, people, and natural landscapes of Hong Kong.
In recognition of the warmer weather in the northern hemisphere, this is an invitation to take some time, go outside, and set a kite aloft.
Over the weekend, wildfires in central Portugal killed at least 63 people and injured 135 others.
Cosplay in Australia, the brutal Calcio Storico Fiorentino in Florence, a hyperrealistic animatronic baby in Spain, a terrible tower fire in England, and much more