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.
Pot holes in sandstone, Yellow Rock, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA. April 2014. - Jouan Rius
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Jouan Rius / Pot holes in sandstone, Yellow Rock, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA. April 2014.
Cap-rock pinnacle called hoodoo, Wahweap Hoodoos, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA, March 2014. - Jouan Rius
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Jouan Rius / Cap-rock pinnacle called hoodoo, Wahweap Hoodoos, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA, March 2014.
Rock formation caused by erosion in sandstone, Devils Garden, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA, March 2014. - Jouan Rius
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Jouan Rius / Rock formation caused by erosion in sandstone, Devils Garden, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA, March 2014.
Disrupted pack ice in the front of the Sierra DuFief on the southern part of Wiencke island, Gerlache Strait, Palmer Archipelago, Antarctica - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Disrupted pack ice in the front of the Sierra DuFief on the southern part of Wiencke island, Gerlache Strait, Palmer Archipelago, Antarctica
Pahoehoe lava flowing from Kilauea entering the Pacific ocean near Kalapana, Big Island, Hawaii. February 2011. - David  Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Pahoehoe lava flowing from Kilauea entering the Pacific ocean near Kalapana, Big Island, Hawaii. February 2011.
Pinnacles, also known as fairy chimneys or hoodoo,  Love Valley. Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia UNESCO World Heritage Site. Turkey. December 2006. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Pinnacles, also known as fairy chimneys or hoodoo, Love Valley. Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia UNESCO World Heritage Site. Turkey. December 2006.
Landscape modified by the erosion process. Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia UNESCO World Heritage Site. Turkey. December 2006. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Landscape modified by the erosion process. Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia UNESCO World Heritage Site. Turkey. December 2006.
Pinnacles, also known as fairy chimneys or hoodoo,  Love Valley. Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia UNESCO World Heritage Site. Turkey. December 2006. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Pinnacles, also known as fairy chimneys or hoodoo, Love Valley. Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia UNESCO World Heritage Site. Turkey. December 2006.
Ruacana falls at sunset,  Kunene River, Northern Namibia, March 2016. - Hougaard Malan
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Hougaard Malan / Ruacana falls at sunset, Kunene River, Northern Namibia, March 2016.
Landscape modified by the erosion process. Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia UNESCO World Heritage Site. Turkey. December 2006. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Landscape modified by the erosion process. Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia UNESCO World Heritage Site. Turkey. December 2006.
Hot lava from the 61G flow from Kilauea Volcano entering the ocean from the open end of a lava tube at the Kamokuna entry in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, producing violent steam explosions, Kalapan... - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Hot lava from the 61G flow from Kilauea Volcano entering the ocean from the open end of a lava tube at the Kamokuna entry in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, producing violent steam explosions, Kalapan...
Woman walking in an ice cave below the Breidamerkurjokull Glacier, eastern Iceland, February 2015. - David Noton
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David Noton / Woman walking in an ice cave below the Breidamerkurjokull Glacier, eastern Iceland, February 2015.
Ice cave beneath the Breidemerkurjokull glacier, eastern Iceland, March 2015. - David Noton
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David Noton / Ice cave beneath the Breidemerkurjokull glacier, eastern Iceland, March 2015.
Black sand dunes on the Stokksness Peninsula, eastern Iceland, March. - David Noton
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David Noton / Black sand dunes on the Stokksness Peninsula, eastern Iceland, March.
Mud formations at the 'mud volcanoes' where gases emerge from the deposits below. Buzau county, Sub-Carpathians, Romania. - Erlend Haarberg
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Erlend Haarberg / Mud formations at the 'mud volcanoes' where gases emerge from the deposits below. Buzau county, Sub-Carpathians, Romania.
Natural ice sculpture floating at sea in Svalbard, Norway - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Natural ice sculpture floating at sea in Svalbard, Norway
Mud formations at the 'mud volcanoes' where gases emerge from the deposits below. Buzau county, Sub-Carpathians, Romania. - Erlend Haarberg
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Erlend Haarberg / Mud formations at the 'mud volcanoes' where gases emerge from the deposits below. Buzau county, Sub-Carpathians, Romania.
Lava flow from Kilauea Volcan flowing into the Pacific Ocean, Kalapana Coast, Big Island, Hawaii. August 2016. - Doc White
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Doc White / Lava flow from Kilauea Volcan flowing into the Pacific Ocean, Kalapana Coast, Big Island, Hawaii. August 2016.
Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall at sunrise, with Kirkjufell mountain in the background, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Western Iceland June - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall at sunrise, with Kirkjufell mountain in the background, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Western Iceland June
Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Southern Argentina. January 2014. - Merryn  Thomas
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Merryn Thomas / Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Southern Argentina. January 2014.
Formations caused by wind erosion, salt deposits, water and sulfurous vapors in Dallol area, Lake Assale. Danakil Depression, Afar Region, Ethiopia, Africa. November 2014. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Formations caused by wind erosion, salt deposits, water and sulfurous vapors in Dallol area, Lake Assale. Danakil Depression, Afar Region, Ethiopia, Africa. November 2014.
Lava erupting from Fogo Volcano, Fogo Island, Cape Verde, 29th November 2014. - Pedro  Narra
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Pedro Narra / Lava erupting from Fogo Volcano, Fogo Island, Cape Verde, 29th November 2014.
Petrified wood segments, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, USA, February 2015. - Juan  Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Petrified wood segments, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, USA, February 2015.
Eroded sandstone patterns on walls of Lower Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, USA, February 2015. - Juan  Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Eroded sandstone patterns on walls of Lower Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, USA, February 2015.
Rock formation know as Giant Marbles, Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA, February 2015. - Juan  Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Rock formation know as Giant Marbles, Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA, February 2015.
Svartifoss waterfall, Skaftafell National Park, Iceland. August 2003. - Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Svartifoss waterfall, Skaftafell National Park, Iceland. August 2003.
Godafoss waterfall frozen during winter, Bardardalur District, North-Central Iceland. February 2015. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Godafoss waterfall frozen during winter, Bardardalur District, North-Central Iceland. February 2015.
Rock formations near Engenbreen glacier, Meloy, Nordland, Norway, August. - Erlend  Haarberg
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Erlend Haarberg / Rock formations near Engenbreen glacier, Meloy, Nordland, Norway, August.
Blue eyed cormorant (Phalacrocorax atriceps) landing on a shining black iceberg, South Georgia. - Onne van der Wal
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Onne van der Wal / Blue eyed cormorant (Phalacrocorax atriceps) landing on a shining black iceberg, South Georgia.
Water pouring from a smooth black iceberg, South Georgia. - Onne van der Wal
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Onne van der Wal / Water pouring from a smooth black iceberg, South Georgia.
Scalding hot water continuously spouting behind layers of mineral deposits, Fly Geyser, Black Rock Desert, Great Basin Desert, Nevada, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Scalding hot water continuously spouting behind layers of mineral deposits, Fly Geyser, Black Rock Desert, Great Basin Desert, Nevada, USA
A hot spring in the West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The colors are a result of thermophilic bacteria living in the hot springs. December 2010. - Floris  van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / A hot spring in the West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The colors are a result of thermophilic bacteria living in the hot springs. December 2010.
Ice stalagmites / ice spikes formation, Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia, March. - Olga Kamenskaya
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Olga Kamenskaya / Ice stalagmites / ice spikes formation, Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia, March.
Ash plume and lava erupting from Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, 5 December 2012 - Sergey Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Ash plume and lava erupting from Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, 5 December 2012
Lava and ash erupting from Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, 15 December 2012 - Sergey Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Lava and ash erupting from Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, 15 December 2012
Man studying the geological rock formations in the sandstone cliffs of Jaizkibel Beach, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain, May 2012 - Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Man studying the geological rock formations in the sandstone cliffs of Jaizkibel Beach, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain, May 2012
Waterfall from ice cliffs with ice-cap stretching into the distance. Austfonna Polar Ice Cap, Svalbard, Norway, August 2011. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Waterfall from ice cliffs with ice-cap stretching into the distance. Austfonna Polar Ice Cap, Svalbard, Norway, August 2011.
Man walking over colourful mineral deposits at the Dallol hydrothermal site on the Karoum salt lake, Danakil depression,  northern Ethiopia, February 2009 - Loic Poidevin
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Loic Poidevin / Man walking over colourful mineral deposits at the Dallol hydrothermal site on the Karoum salt lake, Danakil depression, northern Ethiopia, February 2009
Iceberg against a blue sky. Ilulisat, West Greenland, summer. - Inaki Relanzon
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Inaki Relanzon / Iceberg against a blue sky. Ilulisat, West Greenland, summer.
Kermit pool in Hancock gorge, Karijini National Park, Pilbara, Western Australia. August 2009 - Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Kermit pool in Hancock gorge, Karijini National Park, Pilbara, Western Australia. August 2009
Ammonite fossil embedded in the rocks at Kilve, Somerset, England. May 2009. - Adam Burton
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Adam Burton / Ammonite fossil embedded in the rocks at Kilve, Somerset, England. May 2009.
Fisheye view from within Antelope Canyon, near Page, South West Arizona, USA, January 2008 - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Fisheye view from within Antelope Canyon, near Page, South West Arizona, USA, January 2008
Grounded iceberg, with grooves caused by air bubbles eroding ice. Greenland, 1985. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Grounded iceberg, with grooves caused by air bubbles eroding ice. Greenland, 1985.
Veliki Prstavci waterfalls close to Gradinsko lake at dawn, Upper Lakes, Plitvice Lakes NP, Croatia, October 2008. Highly commended in GDT European Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2010. - Wild Wonders of Europe / Biancar
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Biancar / Veliki Prstavci waterfalls close to Gradinsko lake at dawn, Upper Lakes, Plitvice Lakes NP, Croatia, October 2008. Highly commended in GDT European Nature Photographer of the Year competition 2010.
Tent rocks in the Peralta Canyon, New Mexico, USA. Rocks are conical formations of eroded volcanic tuff and pumice supporting 'cap rocks'. - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Tent rocks in the Peralta Canyon, New Mexico, USA. Rocks are conical formations of eroded volcanic tuff and pumice supporting 'cap rocks'.
Eroded sandstone (petrified sand dunes) in banded striated patterns at sunset, Colorado Plateau, Arizona, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Eroded sandstone (petrified sand dunes) in banded striated patterns at sunset, Colorado Plateau, Arizona, USA
Rock formations on Barrika beach at sunset, Basque country, Bay of Biscay, Spain, October 2008 WWE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION. WWE BOOK PLATE. - Wild Wonders of Europe / Popp-Ha
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Popp-Ha / Rock formations on Barrika beach at sunset, Basque country, Bay of Biscay, Spain, October 2008 WWE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION. WWE BOOK PLATE.
Lava flow from the Kimanura volcano, Virunga NP, Zaire/DR Congo - Jabruson
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Jabruson / Lava flow from the Kimanura volcano, Virunga NP, Zaire/DR Congo
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