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.
Chien Lee / Limestone pinnacles, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar
Vincent Grafhorst / Salt mosaic from dry hot springs, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
Tim Fitzharris / Colorado River from Deadhorse Point overlooking Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Sand patterns, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Matthias Breiter / Iceberg, Disko Island, Greenland
Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Sandstone rock formations, Bisti Wilderness Area, New Mexico
Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Sandstone rock formation, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Colorado Plateau, Utah
Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Limestone travertine terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Mushroom hoodo sandstone rock formations, Bisti Wilderness Area, New Mexico
Tim Fitzharris / Eroded sedimentary sandstone, Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Rob Brown / Tourists admiring Dettifoss Waterfall, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
Tim Fitzharris / Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Tim Fitzharris / Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Sandstone hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
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
Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Petrified wood, cut and polished with intricate patterns and colors, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Grant Dixon / Painted Cliffs, Maria Island National Park, Tasmania, Australia
Colin Monteath / Hedgehog iceberg, Terre Adelie Land, east Antarctica
Colin Monteath / Overturned iceberg with eroded edges, Enterprise Island, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica
Tim Fitzharris / Wotans Throne at sunrise from Cape Royal, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Tim Fitzharris / Amphitheater from Bryce Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Duncan Usher / Rainbow at Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Jeff Foott / Calf Creek Falls, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Colin Monteath / Sunrise over boulders in the surf, Moeraki Beach, South Island, New Zealand
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
Guy Edwardes / Gaada Stack, Foula, Shetland, Scotland, UK. August.
Guy Edwardes / Rock formations at Kimmeridge Bay with Clavell Tower in background, Isle of Purbeck, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England, UK. December 2010.
Guy Edwardes / Seaweed covered rocks with Gaada Stack in background, Foula, Shetland, Scotland, UK. August, 2016.
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...
Jack Dykinga / Sossusvlei World Heritage Site, with curving red sand dunes and acacia trees. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. June 2013.
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.
Tom Gilks / Nyiragongo volcano lava lake, Virungas National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo February 2015.
Jeff Vanuga / Old Faithful Geyser erupting at -30 Celsius in winter. Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, January 2015.
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.
Erlend Haarberg / Close-up of marble bedrock. Sky reflecting in a small pool. Lahko National Park, Fjell, Norway, July.
Guy Edwardes / Reynisdrangur Sea Stacks at sunset, Vik i Myrdal, Iceland. January 2014
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...
Juan Carlos Munoz / Aerial view of Junction Green and Colorado river, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, September.
Igor Shpilenok / Rhododendron on a volcanic plateau, Volcanoes of Kamchatka UNESCO World Heritage Site, Russia, July 2014.
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.
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...
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