Uniformly spaced gaps called “fairy circles” often appear in the grasslands of Namibia. The unprecedented discovery of these enigmatic patches in the Australian outback now reaffirms an ongoing theory about their origin. (It’s not aliens.)
NASA’s Terra satellite recently captured this stunning photo of Saharan dust wafting over the Atlantic ocean. It’s one of several outbreaks this summer that some speculate may be contributing to this year’s relatively peaceful storm season.
The desert pupfish, a fish on the verge of extinction due to the simple misfortune of living in Death Valley, has managed to survive by learning to hold its breath for up to five hours at a time.
Admit it; you've thought about life in the far flung, alien future. Maybe you've thought about it today, whether it's a skyscraping utopia or a scarred nuclear desert full of mobile monoliths. Artists and architects are thinking about it too, and their visions of what may come will really get your future fantasies…
Robots have a hard time walking. They're getting better! But we're a ways away from having a robot that you can send on an excursion through a dune-covered desert. That's why, when he wanted to design a robot to collect climate data, designer Shlomi Mir looked to nature. Specifically, to tumbleweeds.
Six years ago, a patch of land in the Inner Mongolian desert became unnaturally flat. Researchers, for the sake of science, had razed 40 acres—or the equivalent of eight city blocks—of desert. Then, for three and half years, they set up cameras and watched as small piles of sand grew and grew into full-fledged sand…
After the rainy season, the shifting dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in northeastern Brazil become pockmarked by ephemeral lagoons that dry up as the year wends on. Photographer George Steinmetz has captured the beauty of these fleeting oases.
Chott El Jerid is a salt-encrusted seasonal lake in southwestern Tunisia. The Europlanet project, a consortium of universities devoted to finding earthly environment similar to other planets and moons, has designated the area an earthbound Mars.