NASA's Earth Photo of the Year: Puny Islands Float in the Turbulent Sea

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Since it's basketball bracket season, NASA's Earth Observatory has been running a tournament of its own, putting a year's worth of great satellite images in head-to-head competition. The winner is a stunner.

The winning image of the Canary Islands was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Terra satellite in June last year. According to the original posting, the image gets its milky cast from sunlight reflecting off the ocean. The whiter areas look that way because they've been roughed up by winds or other turbulence. Man, Earth is beautiful, even when its punishing. [Earth Observatory via Gizmodo En Español]