Patterns of Nature: The Mysterious Planet Earth

Here is another edition of the series "Patterns of Nature", which you will find a variety of textures, created by nature - landscapes, seen from a bird's flight, or single-celled organisms, increased a hundred times ...

The boundaries of the four countries - Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen and the UAE - a vague spot a rising sands of the desert Rub 'al Khali. (George Steinmetz)

Salt formations along the shores of Lake Retba in Senegal. Because the water in the lake is very salty, local residents earn their living from extraction of salt. (Robert Haas)

Biplane over the island of Monomakh, Massachusetts. (Michael Melford)

The leaves are dried palm smooth lines around the tree in Kenya. (Robert Haas)

Dwellings in caves dotted with rock formations in Cappadocia, Turkey. (Klaus Nigge)

Witch ring or bestravnye sites in the Namib Desert in Namibia. Photo taken from an airplane. (Michael Fay)

Photosynthetic bacteria in New Zealand thermal pool absorb carbon dioxide. (Peter Essick)

Droplets of dew on the sunflower inflorescences in the head. (Jozsef Szentpeteri)

Lichen on a granite gravestone in Champleyn Lake, New York. (Stephen Sharnoff)

Typical needle flower Banks, which is common in Australia. This was photographed on a farm in Mount Barker. (Jonathan Blair)

Reflected from the water, light paints peacock patterns on the rock wall in Glen Canyon National Park in Utah. (Frans Lanting)

Rainbow points around the mantle of giant clam in Palau, Micronesia. Mania - this is the outer layer, releasing secretion clamshell. (Tim Laman)

Yellow beams on a cactus in Manzanillo, Mexico. (Raul Touzon)

Demonstrating its main defense mechanism millipede curls into a tight spiral. Thus, it protects their limbs, which it has an average of 100-300. (George Grall)

Scales of Atlantic salmon in Quebec expert can tell the age of the fish. (Paul Nicklen)

Increased 400 times diatoms - a type of algae, which can be found in the ocean, fresh water and soil. (Darlyne A. Murawski)

Inextricably intertwined "hands" a basket starfish. (Brian J. Skerry)

Sunlight breaks through the water cenote Kspakay at Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Cenote - a subterranean lake with fresh water, usually found on the Yucatan Peninsula. (Stephen Alvarez)

Bony plates tortoiseshell protect it from predators. Turtles of the species live in most parts of North America. (Darlyne A. Murawski)

Vymeobraznye clouds over Nebraska, known for their saggy baggy form. Another their name «mammatocumulus» comes from the Latin word "breast". (Carsten Peter)

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