30 Iconic Images That Show Our Environment Is Pure Amazeballs (And Super Scary)

We live in our tiny apartments and limited city walls, and forget about how truly amazing the world is. Here are some images that prove that nature, in its best form is truly amazing and terrifyingly powerful, and us puny humans should really be taking care of the vast and beautiful earth!

1. Underwater Yogi. 

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A polar bear swims underwater in the St-Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St-Felicien, Quebec. According to Environment Canada, Canada is home to around 15,000 of the estimated 20,000 polar bears in the world. The U.S. (Alaska), Russia, Denmark (Greenland) and Norway are the other four countries where polar bears can be found.

2. The unevenly perfect geometry

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This is the aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state.Brazil’s worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region’s smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. 

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  • 3. ‘Eyes” see you.

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    A hunter is holding his hawk during an annual hunting competition in Chengelsy Gorge, some 150 km (93 miles) east of Almaty. When it snows on the steppes of eastern Kazakhstan, hunters saddle up and gallop off with eagles on their arms in search of prey. Many in Kazakhstan see eagle hunting as a symbol of their nation’s nomadic past and a throwback to an oft-romanticised era before these steppes turned into a geopolitical battleground between competing regional powers Russia and China.

    4. Life looks at a death 

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    A Maasai man passing near a zebra carcass near Isinya in Kenya. Hundreds of people and tens of thousands of livestock have died from hunger and thirst across a vast region in east Africa, encompassing some of Africa’s poorest and most arid zones.

    5. ‘Seal’mates for life

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    Grey seals play underwater by the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast, near Seahouses, northern England. The Farne Islands, which lie off the coast of northeast England, are home to a huge array of wildlife. The islands are owned and protected by the British conservation charity, the National Trust, which says they host some 23 species of seabird, as well as a substantial colony of grey seals, who come to have their pups there in the autumn. Every five years the National Trust carries out a census of the islands’ population of puffins, and this year’s survey showed there were almost 40,000 nesting pairs on the islands – an 8 percent rise from 2008.

    6. Sounds of disasters

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    A piano submerged in water in the area devastated by tsunami in Rikuzentakat. Japan faces a mammoth disaster relief and reconstruction effort after its worst-ever earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated the country’s northeastern coast, killing thousands and spawned a severe nuclear crisis. 

    7. Nature’s cutouts

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    Uprooted trees are pictured after a tornado hit Vilonia, Arkansas. On a second day of ferocious storms that have claimed at least 21 lives in the southern United States, a tornado tore through the Mississippi town of Tupelo on Monday destroying homes and businesses, according to witnesses and emergency officials. Most of the deaths from the severe storm system occurred on Sunday when tornadoes tossed cars like toys in Arkansas and other states.

    8. Clinging on to the last hope

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    A man clings to the top of a vehicle before being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard from the flooded streets. Residents continue to be rescued from their homes and the streets of the flood ravaged city.

    9. Basking in the cold sun

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    Climate activists Lesley Butler and Rob Bell (R) “sunbathe” on the edge of a frozen fjord in the Norwegian Arctic town of Longyearbyen. The activists are warning that global warming could thaw the Arctic and make the sea warm enough for people to swim and sunbathe in. 

    10. Let’s play land and water!

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    The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, in the midst of their ICESCAPE mission, retrieves supplies for some mid-mission fixes dropped by parachute from a C-130 in the Arctic Ocean. NASA handout photo obtained by Reuters. Scientists punched through the sea ice to find waters richer in phytoplankton than any other region on earth. Phytoplankton, the base component of the marine food chain, were thought to grow in the Arctic Ocean only after sea ice had retreated for the summer. Scientists now think that the thinning Arctic ice is allowing sunlight to reach the waters under the sea ice, catalyzing the plant blooms where they had never been observed. 

    11.  Sprinkling some joy

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    A man sprinkles insecticide over a field used to grow hay for livestock on the outskirts of Lahore.

    12. The world’s upside down!

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    In August the Yawalapiti tribe will hold the Quarup, which is a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them. This year the Quarup will be honouring two people – a Yawalapiti Indian who they consider a great leader, and Darcy Ribeiro, a well-known author, anthropologist and politician known for focusing on the relationship between native peoples and education in Brazil.

    13.  Sliding through childhood

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    Floods in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta have killed at least nine people and made nearly 200,000 people homeless, with the deluge of muddy brown water up to 4 metres (13 feet) deep in some areas of Jakarta, officials said on Sunday. 

    14.  Swimming in the green

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    A boy swims in the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao, Shandong.

    15. Baby you light up my world like nobody else…

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    Lightning flashes around the ash plume at above the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near Entrelagos. The volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile, belching ash over 6 miles (10 km) into the sky, as winds fanned it toward neighboring Argentina, and prompted the government to evacuate several thousand residents, authorities said. 

    16. Dying under the sky

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    The body of a stranded pilot whale as seen on a beach in the coastal region of Bustamante Bay in the Argentine Patagonian province of Chubut. Specialists are due to arrive at the area to investigate the situation, where 40 whales beached themselves over the weekend. A similar occurrence involving 400 pilot whales happened in the same area in 1991. 

    17. Sunken treasures

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    An aerial view shows houses flooded with mud in Sidoarjo, in Indonesia’s East Java province. Toll roads, railway tracks and factories have been submerged and 15,000 people displaced since May when the mud began flowing out of a “mud volcano” following an oil-drilling accident in Sidoarjo, an industrial suburb near provincial capital Surabaya. White smoke is seen rising from the site of the drilling accident.

    18. Going with the wind

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    Thousands of starlings flock above farmland near Eleftheroupolis in northern Greece.

    19. The odd one out

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    A shepherd watches over his flock near the peak of Transalpina. The highest road in the country which crosses Parang mountains in the southern Carpathians reaching an altitude of 2,147 meters (7,044 feet) in Urdele pass. The road is currently under a modernization process. 

    20. Under my umbrella..

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    People sunbathe on the beach of Wannsee near to Berlin. Temperatures in Germany rose to over 30 degrees Celsius over the weekend.

    21. Up above the world so high

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    Heavy fog rolls by early in the morning near the Dubai Marina. Fog across the United Arab Emirates has disrupted traffic and delayed many flights over the last few days. 

    22. Something blue

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    A garden with a swimming pool is inundated by the waters of the Elbe river during floods near Magdeburg in the federal state of Saxony Anhalt. Tens of thousands of Germans, Hungarians and Czechs were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as soldiers raced to pile up sandbags to hold back rising waters in the region’s worst floods in a decade. 

    23. Truth prevails?

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    Graffiti art is seen on a wall next to the Regent’s Canal, in Camden in London. British media have attributed the new work to acclaimed British street artist Banksy.

    24. Hanging on to hope

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    Alice, 4, sits on her father’s donkey cart as they transport barrels of water to their ranch during one of the worst droughts in the region’s history, in Poco Redondo, in the northeastern state of Sergipe. 

    Residents here tell of how they have not seen more than a drizzle in nearly four years, while Alice says she does not know what rain is, except that it is something good. Lack of rain has hurt corn and cotton crops, left cattle and goats to starve to death in dry pastures and wiped some 30 percent off sugar cane production in the region responsible for 10 percent of Brazil’s cane output.

    25. More than you can chew

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    A male polar bear carries the head of a polar bear cub it killed and cannibalized in an area about 300 km (186 miles) north of the Canadian town of Churchill. Climate change has turned some polar bears into cannibals as global warming melts their Arctic ice hunting grounds, reducing the polar bear population, according to a U.S.-led global scientific study on the impacts of climate change.

    26. Surviving storms

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    Somali refugees run from the dust at Ifo camp near Dadaab, about 80km (50 miles) from Liboi on the border with Somalia in north-eastern Kenya. Aid agencies are operating three large refugee camps in Dadaab where about 160,000 Somali refugees are held and said they could provide more staff to help Kenya with any new influx.

    27. Feelin’ the blues

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    A flock of starlings fly over an agricultural field near the southern Israeli city of Netivot.

    28. Rock, Paper, Shells

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    Clamshells lie on the drying lakebed of the Itumbiara hydroelectric dam as the dam runs at only 9 percent of capacity due to low water levels. According to the dam’s operator, in the city of Itumbiara on the border between the states of Goias and Minas Gerais in Central Brazi. One of the worst droughts in Brazil’s history is depriving many dams of the water they need to generate electricity, but Brazil looks less vulnerable today to an energy crisis similar to one in 2001, since the government built dozens of thermoelectric power plants to reduce the country’s dependence on hydro power from 88 percent to about 75 percent. 

    29. Looking for the silver lining

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    Rain clouds gather over the city of Sao Paulo.

    30. My dream to fly…

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    A bird flies through the polluted sky of Tehran.

    With Inputs Reuters

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