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New Zealand volcano

UP AND OUT  Seven hundred years ago, a New Zealand volcano (a 19th century eruption is illustrated here) spewed out seven zircon crystals that are providing a peek at the state of magma in underground chambers.

Larsen C ice shelf

ALL CRACKED UP This crack in the Larsen C ice shelf has grown 17 kilometers in recent days.

Sumatra quake

DEADLY DISASTER  The quake that ruptured off the coast of Sumatra on December 26, 2004, was one of the deadliest earthquakes in history, mostly because it set off an enormous tsunami that destroyed nearby island communities.

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