14 Aug '11, 10pm

Island of Crete, Greece [image] #NASA

In classical Greek mythology, the island of Crete was home to King Minos and the terrible Minotaur, a beast that was half man and half bull. The known historical record of Crete is no less impressive. The island was the center of the Bronze Age Minoan civilization that flourished from approximately 2700–1420 BC. There is archeological, geological, and cultural evidence to suggest that a cataclysmic volcanic eruption of Santorini volcano around 1620 BC was a major cause of the decline—if not complete destruction—of the Minoan civilization. Today, Crete is the largest and most heavily populated island of Greece (or the Hellenic Republic). The island stretches approximately 260 kilometers (161 miles) from west to east, and it is roughly 60 kilometers (37 miles) across at its widest point. The rugged terrain of Crete includes mountains, plateaus, and several deep gorges. The l...

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Omulyakhskaya and Khromskaya Bays, Northern Sib...

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Omulyakhskaya and Khromskaya Bays lie along the northern Siberian coast, southeast of the Lyakhov Islands. The northerly l...

Quick trip to the South Pacific: Here's the Fij...

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Surrounded by the warm waters of the South Pacific, the Fiji Islands are often cloaked in clouds when the Aqua or Terra sa...

Latest NASA satellite view of the Greenland ice island, apparently grounded near off the Newfoundland coast.

Latest NASA satellite view of the Greenland ice...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 15 Aug '11, 7pm

On August 9, 2011, the Canadian Ice Service (CIS) reported that the Petermann Ice Island-A (PII-A) appeared to be grounded...

OUTER ISLAND: beautiful and secluded 5 acre isl...

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This beautiful secluded 5 acre island is covered in rainforest and mature trees. It's very private and has good building s...

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In two separate posts to ease the image loading...

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Norway killer back on island for reconstruction

Norway killer back on island for reconstruction

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Police said on Sunday they took Anders Behring Breivik (above) back to the island of Utoya on Saturday for a hearing about...

Cakaulevu Reef, Fiji [image] #NASA

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Surrounded by the warm waters of the South Pacific, the Fiji Islands are often cloaked in clouds when the Aqua or Terra sa...

Omulyakhskaya and Khromskaya Bays, Northern Sib...

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Omulyakhskaya and Khromskaya Bays lie along the northern Siberian coast, southeast of the Lyakhov Islands. The northerly l...

Looking Down on a Shooting Star [image] #NASA

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Many people have spent time outdoors under a dark sky, watching for “shooting stars” to streak across the firmament. In so...

The Perseid meteor shower, from the top down: a...

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Many people have spent time outdoors under a dark sky, watching for “shooting stars” to streak across the firmament. In so...

NASA Earth Observato Omulyakhskaya and Khromska...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 13 Aug '11, 10pm

Omulyakhskaya and Khromskaya Bays lie along the northern Siberian coast, southeast of the Lyakhov Islands. The northerly l...

Amazing shot of a Perseid meteor, seen from space:

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 16 Aug '11, 10pm

Many people have spent time outdoors under a dark sky, watching for “shooting stars” to streak across the firmament. In so...