Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a low-lying area made of 154,000 acres of marshland and forest on the eastern shore of North Carolina. Much of the land is susceptible to sea level rise, so conservation managers are taking steps to help slow the inevitable.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Keiji Nagashima has been farming spinach in Ibaraki prefecture for 25 years but will be destroying this year's crop because of fears of radiation exposure. "I can't have a life without the spinach," he says.
Oobleck has some novel physical properties. When it's moved slowly, it acts smooth and runny, like a liquid. But move it quickly and forcefully, and it locks up, becoming almost solid.
The ice surface of Antarctica, looking toward the Gamburtsev Mountains and Dome A. Deep below the surface here, new ice is forming around the mountains and pushing upward. The black flags in the distance mark the edge of the runway for research aircraft studying the area.
Robin E. Bell/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
A 2009 London art installation, Super K Sonic Booum by Nelly Ben Hayoun, replicated a neutrino detector, allowing the public to ride in a boat accompanied by the physicists working on the Super-Kamiokande in Japan.