stories from the gulf

Photo by @daviddoubilet A lions mane jellyfish hunts for a meal in the shallow coves of Bonne Bay fjord in Gros Morne National Park, #Newfoundland. Lions mane jellies are the largest species of jellyfish, some larger individuals have tentacles reaching 100 feet. They live in cold water and use stinging tentacles to capture fish and other prey. Each time we finished a dive in the fjord I felt like we were surfacing into a Canadian painting. #GrosMorne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From @natgeo story gulf if St. Lawrence, The Generous Gulf. With @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ocean #canada #beauty #jellyfish #adventure #explore for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet by natgeo

The crinkly skin of our planet

The International Space Station (ISS) is a fantastic viewpoint for our planet. Astronaut Karen Nyberg caught this fantastic shot of the Zagros mountains and posted it on twitter. It clearly demonstrates the crumpled mountain ranges of southwest Iran, bordering the Persian gulf. The Zagros mountains are formed from the collision of the Arabian and Eurasian continental plates, as discussed previously on The Earth Story. The black spots seen on these corrugated mountain ranges are salt domes pushing up through the crust.


Image: Karen Nyberg’s photo of the Zagros Mountains from the ISS, NASA.

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Astronaut Terry Virts returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Thursday and is now back in the United States. While he was up there, he collected some incredible videos of Earth below him and shared him through Vine - I think this is a good weekend to share a few.

Here is a delightful daytime view from the space station as it flew over the Gulf of California, with the Baja California peninsula to the west, Mexico’s mainland to the East, and even Tiburon Island and some sunglint captured in the middle. 

Geology or biology?

Resembling some marine microorganism filled with organelles drifting gently through the brightly lit surface seas, this LANDSAT photo is of a Scorpion Reef, a coraline forest surrounding five small islets in the Gulf of Mexico. The reef is the largest in the southern Gulf, and only one of the islands is inhabited.


Image credit: NASA