The Atacama desert is experiencing a rare springtime bloom of flowers after the heaviest rainfall in two decades earlier this year, caused by El Niño weather system. The desert is usually one of the driest places on Earth.
A before and after image of the coral bleaching in American Samoa. The first image was taken in December The second image was taken in February 2015 when the XL Catlin Seaview Survey responded to a coral bleaching alert.
Swim Through the Oceans at Your Desk With Google's 360-Degree Seaview | Philippe Cousteau (grandson of the famous underwater explorer Jaques-Yves Cousteau), who had joined the team to film a documentary, uses the Survey's support scooter near Wilson Island on the Great Barrier Reef. The huge Porites coral on the right is estimated to be over 500 years old. | Credit: Catlin Seaview Survey | From Wired.com