Hurricane Irene (top center) churns over the Bahamas in this MODIS satellite image. Irene, now a Category 3 storm with winds of 120 miles per hour, is projected to possibly clip the Outer Banks region of North Carolina before moving up the eastern seaboard of the U.S. (NASA via Getty Images)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released this photo, taken in 2002 about one mile deep near a huge underwater volcano near Monterey Bay, which shows this strange marine animal, thought to be a new species that has yet to be described or named. It is a type of mollusk, called ‘nudibranch’, that sheds its shell early in life. Scientists think there are millions of species, like this one, that have yet to be named or even discovered. (NOAA)
A pair of ring-tailed lemurs enjoy frozen watermelon for lunch at the Bioparco Zoo in Italy on Aug. 21. Due to very high temperatures over the past few days, zoo staff have provided animals with extra portions of frozen fruit to help them cool down. (Giorgio Cosulich / Getty Images) Click image to zoom.
Freddy Nock from Switzerland balances on the ropeway of a cable car leading to Germany’s highest mountain, the 9,718- foot Zugspitze, near the southern Bavarian resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Aug. 20. Nock balanced on the 995 meters long rope to break his own world record, as part of a charity event. (Michaela Rehle / Reuters) Click image to zoom.
A pilot dips the basket of his hot-air balloon in the Androscoggin River during the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)
A dust storm hovers over Queen Creek, Ariz. Thursday, Aug. 18. The dust storm, also known as a haboob in Arabic and around Arizona, swept through Pinal County and headed northeast, reaching Phoenix at about 6 p.m. It was the third major dust storm to hit the Phoenix metro area since last month. (Matt York / AP)
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A python regius inspects the head of a bunny on August 17, 2011 in Leipzig, eastern Germany, during a photocall to promote the “Hund & Heimtier” pet fair. Organisers of the fair running from August 20 to 21, 2011 expect among others about 5,000 dogs to be presented. (PETER ENDIG/AFP/Getty Images) Click image to zoom.