Portal:Geography/Featured picture archive/2006

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This is the 2006 archive of Geography portal selected pictures.



Week 52[edit]

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Jökulsárlón, a glacial lake in Iceland. It is situated at the south end of the glacier Vatnajökull between the Skaftafell National Park and Höfn. Appearing first only in 1934-1935, the lake grew from 7.9 km² in 1975 to over 18 km² due to heavy melting of the Icelandic glaciers. Jökulsárlón is now the second deepest lake in Iceland with nearly 200 m in depth. To the right, the mouth of the glacier Vatnajökull can also be seen.

Photo credit: Kenny Muir


Week 51[edit]

Cabo da Roca lighthouse.JPG

Cabo da Roca, Portugal, the westernmost point of mainland Europe.

Photo credit: Pauldavidgill


Week 50[edit]

Lena River Delta - Landsat 2000.jpg

The Lena River delta has a size of about 45,000 km².

Photo credit: NASA, Landsat 7, February 27, 2000


Week 49[edit]

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World map: Kyoto Protocol participation (2005).

Image credit: Verdy p


Week 48[edit]

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A sand dune in Namibia.

Photo credit: DDD DDD, 2003


Week 47[edit]

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Vegetation map of Peru.

Image credit: by Central Intelligence Agency, retrieved from lib.utexas.edu


Week 46[edit]

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Ocean surface wave.

Photo credit: PDphoto.org


Week 45[edit]

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Delicate Arch, located at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, United States is a natural arch.

Photo credit: U.S. National Park Service


Week 44[edit]

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Annual mean sea surface salinity (in Practical Salinity Units) plotted here using a Mollweide projection.

Image credit: Plumbago


Week 43[edit]

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Coastal salt marsh (Bride Brook Salt Marsh) in East Lyme, Connecticut.

Photo credit: by Alex756, July 2003


Week 42[edit]

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An arcuate river delta has formed on the south-west coastline of Greenland, near Narsarsuaq.

Photo credit: Codrington, Stephen. Planet Geography 3rd Edition (2005) Chapter 8


Week 41[edit]

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Speleothems in Hall of the Mountain Kings, Ogof Craig a Ffynnon, South Wales.

Photo credit: Rls.


Week 40[edit]

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90 mile beach in Australia.

Photo credit: Fir0002.


Week 39[edit]

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona as seen from the lookout point

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona as seen from the lookout point.

Photo credit: Moondigger.


Week 38[edit]

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona as seen from the lookout point

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona as seen from the lookout point.

Photo credit: Moondigger.


Week 37[edit]

Morning mist on Lake Mapourika.

Morning mist on Lake Mapourika, which is located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, about five kilometres north of Franz Josef Glacier.cr

Image credit: Richard Palmer.


Week 36[edit]

Morning mist on Lake Mapourika.

Morning mist on Lake Mapourika, which is located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, about five kilometres north of Franz Josef Glacier.cr

Image credit: Richard Palmer.


Week 35[edit]

Mormon row barns, Grand Teton National Park

A barn at the Grand Teton National Park. The United States National Park, named after Grand Teton of the Teton Range, is located in western Wyoming, south of Yellowstone. The park is located in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaining on the planet.

Photo credit: Jon Sullivan


Week 34[edit]

Morning mist on Lake Mapourika.

Morning mist on Lake Mapourika, which is located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, about five kilometres north of Franz Josef Glacier.

Image credit: Richard Palmer.


Week 33[edit]

Morning mist on Lake Mapourika.

Morning mist on Lake Mapourika, which is located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, about five kilometres north of Franz Josef Glacier.

Image credit: Richard Palmer.


Week 32[edit]

Morning mist on Lake Mapourika.

Morning mist on Lake Mapourika, which is located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, about five kilometres north of Franz Josef Glacier.

Image credit: Richard Palmer.


Week 31[edit]

Satellite image of crops growing in Kansas.

Lipa Noi Beach on Ko Samui, Thailand, shortly after sunset. The islands of the Ang Thong Marine National Park (Mu Koh Angthong) are visible at the horizon.

Image credit: Manfred Werner.


Week 30[edit]

Satellite image of crops growing in Kansas.

Lipa Noi Beach on Ko Samui, Thailand, shortly after sunset. The islands of the Ang Thong Marine National Park (Mu Koh Angthong) are visible at the horizon.

Image credit: Manfred Werner.


July 2006[edit]

July 17 - July 31[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Satellite image of crops growing in Kansas.

Lipa Noi Beach on Ko Samui, Thailand, shortly after sunset. The islands of the Ang Thong Marine National Park (Mu Koh Angthong) are visible at the horizon.

Image credit: Manfred Werner.

July 10 - July 16[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Satellite image of crops growing in Kansas.

Satellite image of crops growing in Kansas. Healthy, growing crops are green. corn would be growing into leafy stalks by late June (when this photo was taken). Sorghum, which resembles corn, grows more slowly and would be much smaller and therefore, possibly paler. Wheat is a brilliant gold as harvest occurs in June. Fields of brown have been recently harvested and plowed under or lie fallow for the year. The circular crop fields are a characteristic of center pivot irrigation. The fields shown here are 800 and 1,600 meters (0.5 and 1 mile) in diameter. The image is centered near 37.4 degrees north latitude, 100.9 degrees west longitude, and covers an area of 37.2 x 38.8 km. The 'grid' in which the fields are laid out runs North-South/West-East and the dark angled line is U.S. Route 56.

Image credit: NASA.

July 3 - July 9[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Termini of the glaciers in the Bhutan-Himalaya.

Termini of the glaciers in the Bhutan-Himalaya. Glacial lakes have been rapidly forming on the surface of the debris-covered glaciers in this region during the last few decades. USGS researchers have found a strong correlation between increasing temperatures and glacial retreat in this region.

Image credit: NASA.

June 2006[edit]

June 25 - July 1, 2006[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Cerro de la Silla, a mountain in Monterrey, Mexico.

Cerro de la Silla, a mountain in Monterrey, Mexico.

Photo credit: Nathaniel C. Sheetz.

June 18 - June 24, 2006[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Winter storm at Bryce Canyon National Park.

This map shows the world as was known to Han Dynasty China in 2 CE. The shaded areas show the extent of Han civilisation. I've based this on the existence of settlements under direct Han political authority or military control according to Tan Qixiang (ed.), Zhongguo lishi ditu (中国历史地图集; 1982).

Map credit: Yeu Ninje.

June 11 - June 17, 2006[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Winter storm at Bryce Canyon National Park.

Winter storm at Bryce Canyon National Park.

Photo credit: National Park Service.

June 4 - June 10, 2006[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Hanko, Finland. Panoramic photo shot from the water tower.

Hanko, Finland. Panoramic photo shot from the water tower.

Photo credit: J-E Nyström.

May 2006[edit]

May 28 - June 3, 2006[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Sahara desert seen from satellite.

Sahara desert seen from satellite.

Image credit: NASA's Visible Earth project.

May 21 - May 27, 2006[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Photograph of Lauterbrunnen valley

Lauterbrunnen valley during winter, Interlaken (district) of the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

Photo credit: Keith Halstead (February 2005).

May 1 - May 20, 2006[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Map of Manila, Philippines.

Manila is the capital of the Philippines, and the second most populous city proper in the Philippines, with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. The city is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay on Luzon, the country's largest island.

Map credit: Seav

April 2006[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Rainforest walk - National Botanical Gardens Canberra

A rainforest is a forested biome with high annual rainfall. Tropical rainforests arise due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone, but temperate rainforests also exist. As well as prodigious rainfall, many rainforests are characterized by a high number of resident species and tremendous biodiversity.

Botanical gardens grow a wide variety of plants primarily categorized and documented for scientific purposes, but also for the enjoyment and education of visitors, a consideration that has become essential to secure public funding.

Photo credit: Fir0002

March 26, 2006[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Machu Picchu in the morning

Machu Picchu is a well-preserved pre-Columbian Inca ruin located on a high mountain ridge, at an elevation of about 2,350 m (7,710 ft). Machu Picchu is located above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, about 70 km (44 mi) northwest of Cusco. Geographic coordinates: 13°09′47″S 72°32′44″W / 13.16306°S 72.54556°W / -13.16306; -72.54556.

February 16, 2006[edit]

Featured geography picture[edit]

Mount Cook in New Zealand.
Mount Cook, a peak in the Southern Alps is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Mount Cook is also known as Aoraki, meaning "Cloud Piercer" in the Kai Tahu dialect of the Maori language. The mountain is located within the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and was formally declared one of the United Nations World Heritage Parks in 1953.
Photo credit: Dynabee · Wikipedia: Picture of the day (June 18, 2005)