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Smoke billows from vents on Mount Ontake, which straddles the Nagano-Gifu prefectural border, on Saturday. The volcano, about 200 km west of Tokyo, erupted just before midday and sent ash pouring down the mountain’s south slope for more than 3 km. Further eruptions may affect people living around the base of the mountain. No signs of any lava were seen in the TV report, but the footage showed dozens of hikers covered with ash hurriedly descending the mountain.

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Smoke billows from vents on Mount Ontake, which straddles the Nagano-Gifu prefectural border, on Saturday.

Since measurements began in 1895, Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier has been thickening and steadily advancing into Disenchantment Bay. The advance runs counter to so many thinning and retreating glaciers nearby in Alaska and around the world.  https://instagram.com/p/26hUkroaCl/

Since measurements began in Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier has been thickening and steadily advancing into Disenchantment Bay. The advance runs counter to so many thinning and retreating glaciers nearby in Alaska and around the world.

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With Gerard Manley Hopkins as his guide, Parker reflects on the sacredness and beauty of life and difference.

Eruption    Tavurvur Volcano, Rabaul,  Papua New Guinea פפואה גינאה החדשה www.papua-by-raz.co.il/papua

Tavurvur is an active stratovolcano that lies near Rabaul, on the island of New Britain, in Papua New Guinea. Mount Tavurvur is the most active volcano in Rabaul caldera.

Kansai International Airport (Osaka) was the first airport to be built on an artificial island.  Construction of the island, which measures four kilometers (2.5 miles) by 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) took three years. Some 10,000 workers and 80 ships were used to excavate 21 million cubic meters of landfill and the island's construction became the world's most expensive civil engineering project, with a total cost of $20 billion.

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This U.S. Naval Research Laboratory satelllite image Wednesday shows Supertyphoon Vongfong in the Western Pacific Ocean. The most powerful storm of 2014 was swirling toward Japan. Its eye was around 600 miles (965 km) south-southeast of Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, moving west-northwest at about 8 mph (12.8 kmh). Its maximum sustained winds were estimated at 165 mph (265.5 kmh). | AFP-JIJI

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This U.S. Naval Research Laboratory satelllite image Wednesday shows Supertyphoon Vongfong in the Western Pacific Ocean. The most powerful storm of 2014 was swirling toward Japan. Its eye was around 600 miles (965 km) south-southeast of Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, moving west-northwest at about 8 mph (12.8 kmh). Its maximum sustained winds were estimated at 165 mph (265.5 kmh). | AFP-JIJI

Laki or Lakagígar (Craters of Laki) is a volcanic fissure in the south of Iceland, not far from the canyon of Eldgjá and the small village Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Skaftá River near Laki - Iceland by. - A well traveled woman See more of iceland at www.

http://io9.com/5972365/awe+inspiring-pictures-taken-from-the-iss-as-the-new-year-begins#    Awe-Inspiring Pictures Taken from the ISS as the New Year Begins

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Taken from the ISS as the New Year Begins

Best Tokyo Observation Decks | The Tokyo Classified Blog

Best Tokyo Observation Decks | The Tokyo Classified Blog

Operation IceBridge Turns Five | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

October 2009 image of Antarctic sea ice captured by the Operation IceBridge airborne campaign.

【広島県】安芸灘とびしま海道 《Photo.1》⇒ http://www.pinterest.com/pin/540854236471413965/ 《Photo.2》⇒ http://www.pinterest.com/pin/540854236471413973/ 《Photo.3》⇒ http://www.pinterest.com/pin/540854236471413977/  #Hiroshima_Japan #Setouchi

【広島県】安芸灘とびしま海道 《Photo.1》⇒ http://www.pinterest.com/pin/540854236471413965/ 《Photo.2》⇒ http://www.pinterest.com/pin/540854236471413973/ 《Photo.3》⇒ http://www.pinterest.com/pin/540854236471413977/ #Hiroshima_Japan #Setouchi

O final da primavera e o início do verão trazem cores para o oceano Atlântico, ao largo da América do Sul, próximo à Argentina. A Patagônia Shelf Break é um local biologicamente rico, onde a poeira do ar da terra, correntes ricas em ferro e correntes das profundezas proporcionam uma recompensa de nutrientes para a vegetação do mar - o fitoplâncton.  Fotografia: Norman Kuring / NASA.

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Colorful and Plankton-full Patagonian Waters: Late spring weather in the southern hemisphere brings intense blooms to the nutrient-rich waters off Patagonia.

The Liancourt Rocks, known as Dokdo or Tokto (독도, literally "solitary island") in Korean and Takeshima (たけしま/竹島?, literally "bamboo island") in Japanese, are a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan (East Sea). Sovereignty over the islets is disputed between Japan and South Korea. South Korea classifies the islets as Dokdo-ri, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung County, North Gyeongsang Province. Japan classifies them as part of Okinoshima, Oki District, Shimane Prefecture.

The Liancourt Rocks, known as Dokdo or Tokto (독도, literally "solitary island") in Korean and Takeshima (たけしま/竹島?, literally "bamboo island") in Japanese, are a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan (East Sea). Sovereignty over the islets is disputed between Japan and South Korea. South Korea classifies the islets as Dokdo-ri, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung County, North Gyeongsang Province. Japan classifies them as part of Okinoshima, Oki District, Shimane Prefecture.

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