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?
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
A punishing heat wave across the American Southwest has spawned a number of early season wildfires in Southern California, including the Sherpa Fire, which has burned nearly 8,000 acres in less than a week.
Skijoring in Montana, a Russian presidential candidate in Moscow, a walkout against gun violence across the U.S., the stark and lonely route of a German volunteer mailman, and more.
AFP photographer Olivier Morin recently spent time with surfers above the Arctic Circle on the beaches of Norway’s Lofoten Islands.
Across the United States today, students participated in walkouts to protest gun violence one month after the deadly shooting in a Florida high school.
Athletes have gathered in Pyeongchang, South Korea, one more time for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.