Books > Collaborations > Masterpieces of the Earth (124) More files... From Fire to Ice, the Creation of Our World
From searingly hot deserts to lands of fire and ice, this book is a vivid journey through the natural wonders of the seven continents.

With page after page of spectacular photographs, this book pays homage to the powerful forces that shape our planet--fire, ice, water, and wind--revealing a world with extraordinary landscapes and breathtaking geological features. These images, of geysers spewing scalding water, glaciers chiseling out the mountainsides, and red-hot molten lava exploding on contact with the ocean, demonstrate how Earth's current appearance resulted from the incessant, powerful, and widespread activity of nature and climate change over the various geological eras. The portrait that emerges from this exceptional journey through vast patchwork quilts of salt deposits, colorful canyons, ripple-like sand patterns, and vibrant meltwater pools and channels, captures a living, endlessly changing, planet.
Twisted branch in pool in stone canyon, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA, April 1992. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Twisted branch in pool in stone canyon, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA, April 1992.
Conifers and Lower Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone River, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming - Tim Fitzharris
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Tim Fitzharris / Conifers and Lower Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone River, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
River in sandstone cave, Sof Omar Cave, Ethiopia - Vincent Grafhorst
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Vincent Grafhorst / River in sandstone cave, Sof Omar Cave, Ethiopia
Man looking into crater at night, Mount Nyiragongo, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo - Vincent Grafhorst
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Vincent Grafhorst / Man looking into crater at night, Mount Nyiragongo, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Storm clouds over the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona - Tim Fitzharris
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Tim Fitzharris / Storm clouds over the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona
Glacier, Breidamerkurjokull, Jokalsarlon Lagoon, Iceland - Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Glacier, Breidamerkurjokull, Jokalsarlon Lagoon, Iceland
Limestone pinnacles, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar - Chien Lee
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Chien Lee / Limestone pinnacles, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar
Salt mosaic from dry hot springs, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia - Vincent Grafhorst
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Vincent Grafhorst / Salt mosaic from dry hot springs, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
Colorado River from Deadhorse Point overlooking Canyonlands National Park, Utah - Tim Fitzharris
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Tim Fitzharris / Colorado River from Deadhorse Point overlooking Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Sand patterns, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia - Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Sand patterns, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Iceberg, Disko Island, Greenland - Matthias Breiter
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Matthias Breiter / Iceberg, Disko Island, Greenland
Sandstone rock formations, Bisti Wilderness Area, New Mexico - Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Sandstone rock formations, Bisti Wilderness Area, New Mexico
Sandstone rock formation, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Colorado Plateau, Utah - Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Sandstone rock formation, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Colorado Plateau, Utah
Limestone travertine terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming - Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Limestone travertine terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Mushroom hoodo sandstone rock formations, Bisti Wilderness Area, New Mexico - Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Mushroom hoodo sandstone rock formations, Bisti Wilderness Area, New Mexico
Eroded sedimentary sandstone, Badlands National Park, South Dakota - Tim Fitzharris
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Tim Fitzharris / Eroded sedimentary sandstone, Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Tourists admiring Dettifoss Waterfall, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland - Rob Brown
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Rob Brown / Tourists admiring Dettifoss Waterfall, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona - Tim Fitzharris
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Tim Fitzharris / Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona - Tim Fitzharris
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Tim Fitzharris / Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Sandstone hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Sandstone hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Detail of blue iceberg and caves dramatically sculpted by waves and melting action accelerated by global warming and climate change near South Georgia Island - Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Detail of blue iceberg and caves dramatically sculpted by waves and melting action accelerated by global warming and climate change near South Georgia Island
Petrified wood, cut and polished with intricate patterns and colors, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona - Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Petrified wood, cut and polished with intricate patterns and colors, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Painted Cliffs, Maria Island National Park, Tasmania, Australia - Grant Dixon
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Grant Dixon / Painted Cliffs, Maria Island National Park, Tasmania, Australia
Hedgehog iceberg, Terre Adelie Land, east Antarctica - Colin Monteath
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Colin Monteath / Hedgehog iceberg, Terre Adelie Land, east Antarctica
Overturned iceberg with eroded edges, Enterprise Island, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica - Colin Monteath
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Colin Monteath / Overturned iceberg with eroded edges, Enterprise Island, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica
Wotans Throne at sunrise from Cape Royal, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona - Tim Fitzharris
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Tim Fitzharris / Wotans Throne at sunrise from Cape Royal, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Amphitheater from Bryce Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - Tim Fitzharris
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Tim Fitzharris / Amphitheater from Bryce Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Rainbow at Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming - Duncan Usher
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Duncan Usher / Rainbow at Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Calf Creek Falls, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah - Jeff Foott
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Jeff Foott / Calf Creek Falls, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Sunrise over boulders in the surf, Moeraki Beach, South Island, New Zealand - Colin Monteath
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Colin Monteath / Sunrise over boulders in the surf, Moeraki Beach, South Island, New Zealand
Colorful sandstone patterns of petrified sand dunes and ridges created by erosion, near Paria River, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Colorado Plateau, Utah - Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Colorful sandstone patterns of petrified sand dunes and ridges created by erosion, near Paria River, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Colorado Plateau, Utah
Gaada Stack, Foula, Shetland, Scotland, UK. August, 2016. - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Gaada Stack, Foula, Shetland, Scotland, UK. August, 2016.
Rock formations at Kimmeridge Bay with Clavell Tower in background, Isle of Purbeck, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England, UK. December 2010. - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Rock formations at Kimmeridge Bay with Clavell Tower in background, Isle of Purbeck, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England, UK. December 2010.
Seaweed covered rocks with Gaada Stack in background, Foula, Shetland, Scotland, UK. August, 2016. - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Seaweed covered rocks with Gaada Stack in background, Foula, Shetland, Scotland, UK. August, 2016.
Eroded salt laden sandstone 'fins' in incredible sculpted forms comprise an area know as 'Little Finland.' Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada, USA. President Barack Obama designated the monument on... - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Eroded salt laden sandstone 'fins' in incredible sculpted forms comprise an area know as 'Little Finland.' Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada, USA. President Barack Obama designated the monument on...
Sossusvlei World Heritage Site, with curving red sand dunes and acacia trees.  Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. June 2013. - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Sossusvlei World Heritage Site, with curving red sand dunes and acacia trees. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. June 2013.
Dead Vlei, with dessicated 900 year old trees standing in the salt pan surrounded by towering red sand dunes. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. June 2013. - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Dead Vlei, with dessicated 900 year old trees standing in the salt pan surrounded by towering red sand dunes. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. June 2013.
Nyiragongo volcano lava lake, Virungas National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo February 2015. - Tom  Gilks
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Tom Gilks / Nyiragongo volcano lava lake, Virungas National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo February 2015.
Old Faithful Geyser erupting at -30 Celsius in winter.  Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, January 2015. - Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Old Faithful Geyser erupting at -30 Celsius in winter. Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, January 2015.
Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flying  in front of the massive wall of ice, Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA, August 2014. - Floris  van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flying in front of the massive wall of ice, Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA, August 2014.
Close-up of marble bedrock. Sky reflecting in a small pool. Lahko National Park, Fjell, Norway, July. - Erlend Haarberg
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Erlend Haarberg / Close-up of marble bedrock. Sky reflecting in a small pool. Lahko National Park, Fjell, Norway, July.
Reynisdrangur Sea Stacks at sunset, Vik i Myrdal, Iceland. January 2014 - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Reynisdrangur Sea Stacks at sunset, Vik i Myrdal, Iceland. January 2014
The Painted Cliffs at Maria Island National Park, east coast of Tasmania, Australia. January 2018.  The iron oxides in the rock were left behind by ground water percolating through the cliffs. This cr... - Ernie  Janes
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Ernie Janes / The Painted Cliffs at Maria Island National Park, east coast of Tasmania, Australia. January 2018. The iron oxides in the rock were left behind by ground water percolating through the cliffs. This cr...
Aerial view of Junction Green and Colorado river, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, September. - Juan  Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Aerial view of Junction Green and Colorado river, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, September.
Rhododendron on a volcanic plateau, Volcanoes of Kamchatka UNESCO World Heritage Site, Russia, July 2014. - Igor  Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Rhododendron on a volcanic plateau, Volcanoes of Kamchatka UNESCO World Heritage Site, Russia, July 2014.
Dettifoss waterfall, the largest waterfall in Europe by volume. It is 100 metres wide and takes meltwater in the river Jokulsa a Fjollum from the Vatnajokull ice sheet. Iceland. September. - Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Dettifoss waterfall, the largest waterfall in Europe by volume. It is 100 metres wide and takes meltwater in the river Jokulsa a Fjollum from the Vatnajokull ice sheet. Iceland. September.
Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf of Antarctica, near Cape Crozier, Ross Island, Ross Sea, Antarctica Aerial shot from helicopter 02.02.2017 Trip on the MV Ortelius, 13 Jan ? 14 Feb, 2017 From Ush... - Michel  Roggo
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Michel Roggo / Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf of Antarctica, near Cape Crozier, Ross Island, Ross Sea, Antarctica Aerial shot from helicopter 02.02.2017 Trip on the MV Ortelius, 13 Jan ? 14 Feb, 2017 From Ush...
Aerial view of meltwater channels in ice cap north-east of Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, Sermersuaq / Greenland ice sheet, Greenland,  August 2014. Photographed for The Freshwater Project - Michel  Roggo
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Michel Roggo / Aerial view of meltwater channels in ice cap north-east of Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, Sermersuaq / Greenland ice sheet, Greenland, August 2014. Photographed for The Freshwater Project
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