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Introducing Spaces Images   Introducing Spaces Images
Various / Spaces Images / Aurora Photos
Check out this unique set of photos from Aurora partner Spaces Images. Their concept is simple, yet ingenious: photographs of “spaces where people live work and play.” Enjoy shots from international photographers playing off this theme.
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Mountains of the Moon   Mountains of the Moon
Bruno Zanzottera / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Everybody knows about the snows of Kilimanjaro, but few know about the Mountains of the Moon. Uganda’s stunning Rwenzori National Park covers nearly 3,000 square miles of diverse territory. It contains several permanently snow capped peaks, Africa’s third highest peak, vast tropical rainforests and a network of rivers and waterfalls. Forest elephants,various primate species, and several hundred types of birds flourish in the Rwenzoris.
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New Fall Images 2011   New Fall Images 2011
Various / Aurora Photos
A crisp breeze. Crumpled leaves under your feet. A moment to appreciate the magic of autumn...
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It's Easy Being Green!   It's Easy Being Green!
Various / Aurora Photos
When we say green, what do you think of? Money? Sustainable technologies? A certain banjo-playing frog? We’ve prepared a set of photos that celebrate the color green in all of its glory!
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Summer Fun with Woods Wheatcroft   Summer Fun with Woods Wheatcroft
Wheatcroft / Aurora
Sunscreen, swimming, sandy beaches - Summer has most definitely arrived! Celebrate with this fun set of Summer photos from Woods Wheatcroft.
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White Desert and Whales Valley   White Desert and Whales Valley
Alessandro Gandolfi / Parallelozero / Aurora
The White Desert of Egypt is named for its color, which comes from the massive chalk formations created during sandstorms. "Whales Valley", a paleontological site southwest of Cairo, containing hundreds of fossils of the earliest forms of whales, is an ancient seabed, now desert. Photographer Alessandro Gandolfi captures the mystical beauty of these two unique natural formations.
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Maine Farmlands   Maine Farmlands
Bridget Besaw / Aurora Photos
Photographer Bridget Besaw spent over a year photographing Maine farms for the book "From the Land". Published by the Maine Farmland Trust, the book showcases seven farms that take different approaches to farmland preservation. Besaw's images capture the vibrancy and exciting future of Maine's Farms.
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The Environment: The Year in Images   The Environment: The Year in Images
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Check out some of our best images from the last 12 months.
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Found Beach Objects   Found Beach Objects
Narelle Autio / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Australian photographer Narelle Autio's image set turns to the ocean in a documentation of what is left behind on the beach 
through nature and by man. Each object is taken out of its sandy context and shot against a pure white background, treating each as a meaningful specimen, captured with an extreme attention to detail. In 2002 Autio became the fist ever Australian to win the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Award.
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Greenland: Geography   Greenland: Geography
Peter Essick / Aurora Photos
Greenland's geography is most identified by the ironic nature of its name, for this country is in actuality a large sheet of ice, and rarely green at all. However, global warming is visibly leaving its mark, will the continued rise in temperatures soon change this?
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Greenland: Present Day   Greenland: Present Day
Peter Essick / Aurora Photos
Photographer Peter Essick's images tell the story of how the rise in temperatures have affected the land and lifestyles of the people living in Greenland. The warmer temperatures have opened up new opportunities for agriculture, commercial fishing, mining, and oil exploration.
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Greenland: Traditions   Greenland: Traditions
Peter Essick / Aurora Photos
Climate change is leaving its mark on the giant sheet of ice known as Greenland. Many aspects of their traditional lifestyle, like hunting off of sea ice for marine mammals, are in danger and the native Inuit people are having to adapt and find new ways to work with their land.
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America's National Parks 2010   America's National Parks 2010
Various Aurora Photographers
More than 1,700 new images from America's National Parks have entered Aurora's online collection, many of them in the last 12 months. Have a look!
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Scenic Inspiration   Scenic Inspiration
Mark Adamus / Aurora Photos
Aurora Photographer Marc Adamus captures amazing light in the fleeting atmosphere of bold landscapes. His pursuit of unique moments generated by the magic and energy of the wilderness, means Adamus will often spend months immersing himself in a place, despite the rigors of season and weather.
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Beyond a Spill   Beyond a Spill
James Balog / Aurora Photos
James Balog gets into the visceral heart of the gulf spill catastrophe, an epic breakdown of technology and of the human response to the breakdown. From the source, to the fisherman, to the earth, Balog illustrates the entire episode as a bitter paradox; a fight of technology versus nature.
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Gulf Oil Spill Hits   Gulf Oil Spill Hits
Bridget Besaw / Aurora Photos
In Southeast Louisiana, Near Grand Terre Island, Aurora Photographer, Bridget Besaw, along with biologists from the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, inspect the impact the gulf oil spill has had on the coast. Clean up crews work with towels, vacuums, and absorbent pompom booms to absorb the oil, while dolphins, crabs, birds and other sea life await rescue.
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Biodiversity Hotspot   Biodiversity Hotspot
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
There is only one place in the world with the highest number of plants and animals that live nowhere else on Earth, Madagascar. With eight plant families, five bird families and five primate families, Madagascar is a Biodiversity Hotspot. Celebrate 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity with Aurora Photos.
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Greenland Ice Sheet   Greenland Ice Sheet
James Balog / Aurora Photos
The greenland ice sheet is a vast body of ice covering 660,235 square miles, roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland. James Balog has been documenting glaciers in the arctic for several years now, as visual proof of global warming. Scientists estimate that global warming will push the ice sheet over a threshold where the entire ice sheet will melt in less than a few hundred years.
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Gulf Oil Spill   Gulf Oil Spill
Blake Gordon / Aurora Photos
It's one of America's biggest environmental disasters and the largest oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico since 1979. As experts scramble to stop the leak, Aurora Photographer, Blake Gordon goes behind the scenes to see local townspeople and fisherman in Louisiana are being effected and what efforts are being made to protect our nation's sacred coasts.
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Introducing Still Pictures   Introducing Still Pictures
Various Photographers / Still Pictures
We are pleased to announce our newest partnership with Still Pictures. Their collection specializse in environmental, nature and development issues, as well as travel, wildlife and culture.
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Patagonia   Patagonia
Bridget Besaw / Aurora Photos
The pristine Baker and Pascua Rivers, two of the world's wildest rivers in remote Chilean Patagonia, are the proposed sites for five new hydropower dams. From Cochrane to Villa O'Higgins, towns at the very edge of the Patagonian wilderness are at risk of loosing their remote beauty and cultural traditions if these dams and surrounding development are approved.
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Plastic Plastic Everywhere   Plastic Plastic Everywhere
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Considering that plastics are made form non-renewable petroleum and natural gas, it's not surprising to know that plastic manufacturing is a major source of industrial pollution. Nothing in nature, not even sunlight and oxygen, can break apart the bonds that hold plastic together, so it lingers on our planet indefinitely.
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Introducing Ashley Cooper   Introducing Ashley Cooper
Ashley Cooper / Aurora Photos
Ashley Cooper has always been passionate about the environment and in recent years Global Warming, the affects of which he has been documenting for the last 8 years. His trips have taken him to many parts of the world with his particular interest being in capturing images that graphically demonstrate the impact of global warming, on people, places and wildlife. This set illustrates visual solutions to global warming through effective ways of lowing our carbon footprint such as alternative transport, renewable energy generation, organic food production, and more.
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Iceland Volcano   Iceland Volcano
James Balog / Aurora Photos
Aurora Photographer and trained geologist, James Balog, has been documenting the rapidly declining glaciers of Iceland for years now for his project, The Extreme Ice Survey. Of particular interest to Balog were two glaciers, one flowing from the side of Eyjafjallajokull and another on the neighboring volcano Katla. In late March, when Eyjafjallajokull began to erupt, Balog managed to carve out a five-day trip to the island nation and captured the eruptions from a helicopter and from the ground, where Icelanders gathered to view the show.
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Windpark   Windpark
Sabine Vielmo / Gruppe 28 / Aurora Photos
Until 2007, Germany was the world's largest user of wind power with an installed capacity of 22.3 GW that year. More than 19,460 wind turbines are located in the German federal area and the country has plans to build more. Sabine Vielmo documents the construction of a 2 megawatt wind turbine in Ketzin Germany.
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Medoc   Medoc
Jean-Luc Chapin / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Over the course of an entire year, photographer Jean-Luc Chapin paced up and down Sociando-Mallet property, in the North of Médoc, Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne, capturing the evolution of the vineyard and the changing landscape throughout the seasons. Chapin's images with superb color and texture depict the atmosphere of the land as both wild and civilized.
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Introducing Steven Kazlowski   Introducing Steven Kazlowski
Steven Kazlowski / Aurora Photos
Known within the photography community for his skills of observation and his determination to capture an image even in extreme weather conditions Steven Kazlowski lives and travels frequently from Washington to Alaska, photographing the natural world. He is the only wildlife photographer to date who has extensively photographed the Alaskan polar bear and its critical Arctic coastal habitat, something he wishes to continue throughout the international Arctic - an area rapidly being affected by climate change.
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Farm Fresh   Farm Fresh
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Farming has played a key role in the development of human civilization. Throughout the world foods, fibers, fuels and raw materials are harvested allowing our life on earth to continue. Through the bogs, into the fields and straight from the earth; farm fresh images harvested from Aurora Photos.
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Antarctic Drama   Antarctic Drama
Steven J. Kazlowski / Aurora Photos
Antarctica is home to 90% of all the worlds ice, 70% of which is freshwater. The ice creates a dramatic backdrop against which live a remarkable diversity of sea life, including killer whales, nesting birds, the world's largest seals, Elephant seals, and Adélie penguins which have a counter-current system in their legs that keep their feet above freezing. These and many other amazing animals create our Antarctic drama.
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Earth Day 2010   Earth Day 2010
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
40 years ago Gaylord Nelson believed that education was the key to changing people's attitudes towards the environment and so he founded Earth Day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. This year, show your love for the earth by planting, protect and preserving our greatest resource.
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Norway's Arctic Wildlife   Norway's Arctic Wildlife
Steven J. Kazlowski / GHG / Aurora Photos
Join Steven Kazlowski, as he journeys through Norway documenting arctic life for GHG, the coalition of science, environmental, nature, and documentary photographers who have spent the last several years focused on greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of those emissions on our planet.
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Tipping Point   Tipping Point
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
These days it seems as though the need to simplify and begin anew is growing more and more apparent. With a continually growing population and limited resources a tipping point is inevitable. But, in the face of collapse comes new opportunities to work together to rebuild for a just and sustainable future.
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Natural Gas   Natural Gas
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
In the past, natural gas was almost always a byproduct of producing oil but now it is being sought after as a clean, safe and useful energy source.  Drilling for natural gas, which is becoming increasingly popular in the US, has raised many concerns including the contamination of groundwater supplies used for drinking and agriculture.
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Salmon Country   Salmon Country
Bridgett Besaw / Aurora Photos
From the mountains of Alaska to the coast of California salmon are a biological phenomena that bind the entire region together. In recent years salmon runs have been devastated due to dramatic changes in their ecosystems. The nature conservancy is working to protect salmon and the habitats.
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Bring in the Fish   Bring in the Fish
Abner Kingman / Aurora Photos
Aboard the MERVA W out of San Francisco two fishermen in their sixties are passing the torch to three young newcomers in their twenties. The new generation is focusing on value rather than volume. The future belongs the entrepreneurial and adaptable, to make a living harvesting the ocean.
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Mornos Lake: Water Shortage   Mornos Lake: Water Shortage
Iakovos Hatzistavrou / Invision / Aurora Photos
For many years, Athens has been facing water problems. The massive migration of the rural population to the capital in the 1970's increased the need for adequate water supplies. The solution was the construction, in the early 1980's, of Mornos Dam and the creation of Mornos Lake. Unfortunately, dry seasons and excessive water waste have reduced Mornos Lake's reserves causing great concern for the people of Athens.
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Life of Lignite and Cinder   Life of Lignite and Cinder
Stelios Axiotis / Invision / Aurora Photos
While most European countries are getting closer to alternative sources of energy such as sun and wind, there exists in Northerwestern Greece the most polluting power station of Europe, according to the World Wildlife Fund. This power station produces as much pollution as 3.3 million cars. Greece ranks second in Europe in lignite production and sixth in the world.
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Sustainable Prisons   Sustainable Prisons
Benjamin Drummond / Aurora Photos
The Sustainable Prisons Project is a partnership of the Washington State Department of Corrections and The Evergreen State College. Their mission is to reduce the environmental, economic and human costs of prisons by training offenders and correctional staff in sustainable practices. Equally important, they bring science into prisons by helping scientists conduct ecological research and conserve biodiversity through projects with offenders, college students and community partners.
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Niger Desertification   Niger Desertification
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
During the past 50 years, the desert in Yerimaran, Goudoumaria, Niger, Africa, has been growing. In the past 6 years, the desert has continued to advance so rapidly that villagers' ways of life are changing along with government programs being implemented.
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Bike to Work   Bike to Work
Woods Wheatcroft / Aurora Photos
Aurora Photographer, Woods Wheatcroft, set out to the streets to document people who ride their bikes to work daily. Save gas, get fit, and take a ride through our archive at Aurora Photos.
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Capturing Wind   Capturing Wind
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Clean, renewable and reliable; Wind, is an ever-growing energy resource powering millions of homes and businesses throughout the world. Harness the power of wind technology through images from Aurora Photo’s Green Collection.
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Canada's Mountain Playground   Canada's Mountain Playground
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Alberta, Canada is known for its grandeur and beauty with it's rolling foothills, massive mountains and prehistoric rock formations. Alberta's national parks lure millions of visitors in to explore the rugged wilderness, and endless wildlife by boat, bicycle, on horseback or on foot. World famous resort towns of Banff, Jasper, and Lake Louise are also a must see.
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Adventure in Alaska   Adventure in Alaska
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
There are few places in the world as breathtaking and remote as Alaska. With it's native wildlife, vast scenery and rich history and culture, Alaska is the place to be for outdoor adventure. Try flightseeing to feel Alaska's magnitude, or share in the cultural traditions of Alaska's natives.
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Fishing for Red Gold   Fishing for Red Gold
Nick Hall / Aurora Photos
Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to the largest sockeye salmon run on earth. Every summer thousands of fishermen work the waters of Bristol Bay in search of Alaska's 'red gold'. While celebrated as a shining example of successful fishery management, this giant salmon run is facing some of its greatest challenges yet. A proposed mine, called Pebble Mine, potentially North America's largest open-pit mine threatens salmon spawning habitat and the health of wild Pacific salmon populations in Bristol Bay.
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The Threat of Sand   The Threat of Sand
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
The Niger river, which flows over 1700 kms, is threatened by the sand. The fertile green land beyond its banks, which provides a living for thousands of people, is at risk of being engulfed by the desert. In 2006, villages started to plant trees as barriers to the sand.
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Finland's Oulanka National Park   Finland's Oulanka National Park
Peter Essick / Aurora Photos
During the last Ice Age, the Oulanka River valley was shaped by the carving and eventual retreat of huge glaciers. They brought the seeds of Arctic plants that still grow in the park. Today, the Arctic winter is tempered by humid sea-winds brought by the Gulf Stream, encouraging luxuriant vegetation unusual for such a northerly region. Oulanka has the well-deserved reputation as the best scenery in Finland.
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Sprout, Green Kids   Sprout, Green Kids
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Plant the seed and let them sprout. Aurora Photos brings you from seed to sprout. Children learning, discovering and growing to be green.
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Soy Farming in Paraguay   Soy Farming in Paraguay
Evan Abramson / Aurora Photos
The industry of soy production in Paraguay has generated social conflict and devastation. Small farmers, who, after living for years on government-allotted forestland, have begun to be uprooted. The area has also reported extreme rates of cancer, birth defects, and miscarriages believed to be associated with high levels of pesticides being used to treat the crops.
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Water the Most Precious Resource   Water the Most Precious Resource
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Discover the beauty of water and its connection to all forms of life on earth.
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Ice Break Gulf of Finland   Ice Break Gulf of Finland
Walter Schmitz / Gruppe28 / Aurora
Bitter cold bears down from Russia and locks the Gulf of Finland in ice. Parts of the Guld may be covered with ice for up to 120 days disrupting shipping lanes and that's when the Finnish icebreaker Sisu goes to work.
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Be Green, Act Green   Be Green, Act Green
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
There are countless ways to participate in a greener lifestyle. Reduce, recycle, engage and be creative in how your footprint effects global change.
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Oil Sands   Oil Sands
Peter Essick / Aurora Photos
The once pristine land of Alberta, Canada is now the site of over 150 miles of oil sand mines. Some claim that this recently tapped reserve could provide over 8 times the US capacity for oil, while others point out that the cost of prosperity has destroyed habitats, polluted air and water, and is possibly related to a rise in cancer rates in the area. Explore how the land and people are being effected by the oil sands.
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Polar Bears   Polar Bears
Steven J. Kazlowski / GHG / Aurora Photos
The polar bear is a bear native to the Arctic Ocean. It has evolved to occupy a narrow ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet. The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable and endangered species. Global Warming may simply kill of Polar Bears completely.
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Border Conservation   Border Conservation
Ian Shive / Aurora Photos
The border that separates the United States from Mexico has become a significant controversy over the years, but the building of the border fence is stirring up a new issue. The proposed fence would devastate the rich culture and wildlife cooridor that this region represents. Many conservationists are working to promote awareness of the impact this construction.
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We are Green   We are Green

To be Green, is to act Green. There are countless ways to participate in a greener lifestyle. Reduce, recycle, engage and be creative in how your footprint effects global change.
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Earth Connections   Earth Connections
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Unify with your surroundings through tactile connections with the earth. Touch, feel, sense, grasp, caress, embrace. Engage, absorb, captivate, immerse, merge, plunge, soak, sprinkle.
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Samso Island   Samso Island
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
In 1997, Samso Island, Denmark won a government competition to become a model renewable energy community. Now 100% of its electricity comes from wind power and 75% of its heat comes from solar power and biomass.
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Bike commuting   Bike commuting
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
This month thousands of people will be commuting to work by bicycle. What better way to stay healthy, lower your carbon footprint and avoid commuting traffic.
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James Balog Extreme Ice   James Balog Extreme Ice
James Balog / Aurora Photos
Aurora houses the unique glacier photography generated from the Extreme Ice Survey. Extreme Ice Now by Aurora Photographer James Balog has just been released to great reviews.
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Grow Green   Grow Green
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Grow Green. With more and more people trying to save green these days, backyard and community gardens are growing green. green fact: a 20-foot by 30-foot vegetable garden can yield more than 300 pounds of organic produce valued at more than $600. Now that's a lot of green.
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The Ozark Highlands   The Ozark Highlands
Peter Essick / Aurora Photos
Aurora photographer, Peter Essick, captures the most remote and scenic portions the Ozark Highlands Trail surrounding the Ozark Mountains.
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New Foundland   New Foundland
Andrew Querner / Aurora Photos
For centuries, the cod industry sustained a way of life that came to define Canada's most eastern province. Today, with few alternatives, many are being forced to seek work in far away places like Ontario and Alberta, a trend reflected in census statistics. As the population leaves home and family behind in search of opportunity, the out-port communities and the culture that surrounds them quickly erodes.
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The Melting Village of Kivalina   The Melting Village of Kivalina
Kevin Horan / Aurora Photos
There is growing evidence that the small and impoverished Alaskan village of Kivlina is melting into the sea due to global warming. In February 2008, the village began taking action against some of the world's largest greenhouse gas offenders.
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Featuring Marc Adamus   Featuring Marc Adamus
Marc Adamus / Aurora Photos
Marc has the special ability to create magical, sometime surreal, images that bring the viewer into phenomenal scenes in nature.
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Harvest Time   Harvest Time
Aurora Photographers
Experience an array of taste and colorful harvests from around the world.
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Chile: Land of Extremes   Chile: Land of Extremes
Various Photographers/Aurora Photos
Various Aurora photographers explore Chile's landscape of extreme from Southern Patagonia's glaciers to the salty Atacama desert.
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Climate refugees   Climate refugees
Munem Wasif / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Bangladesh, which has 140 million people packed into an area a little smaller than the state of Illinois, is one of the most vulnerable targets of climate change. In the last 10 years, farmers have had to move their homes to escape the encroaching waters of the huge Brahmaputra River in Kurigram, Once happy villagers today they have turned into mere'Climate Refugees'.
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  A New Perspective on China   A New Perspective on China
Aniu / Agence Vu' / Aurora Photos
Vu photographer, Aniu, captures dynamic aerials of highways in China. The photographer's images transform from simple traffic shots to interesting shapes and forms.
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Hemis Photo Collection   Hemis Photo Collection
Various Photographers/ Hemis Photos / Aurora Photos
Hemis photos is the largest collection of stock images of France and is recognized for its outstanding travel pictures for editorial and advertising use. The Hemis photo collection at Aurora Photos is your source for creative travel imagery.
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Portugal: the West Coast of Europe   Portugal: the West Coast of Europe
Various Aurora Photographers
Portugal is one of the oldest countries in the world, but quickly growing as a new cultural hot spot. Aurora photographers give you a glimpse of what this country has to offer.
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Introducing Elyse Butler   Introducing Elyse Butler
Elyse Butler / Aurora Photos
California based photographer, Elyse Butler, brings her passion for creating story-telling visual art to Aurora. Convinced that every being has the potential to promote change and make a difference in the world, she is inspired by the ability to create, feel, love, and laugh!
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Canada from Sea to Sea   Canada from Sea to Sea
Various Aurora Photographers
Canada is the world's second-largest country that attracts tourism through its uniqueness. Experience Canada's extraordinary beauty through Aurora photographers' eyes.
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In the Footsteps of a Million Camels   In the Footsteps of a Million Camels
Joanna B. Pinneo/ Aurora Photos
Each year, Sudan exports a quarter million camels to Egypt. Desert nomads depend on the profitable camel trade for their livelihood. To do so, they must travel one of the most treacherous of the ancient trading routes - Darb el-Arbein, the Forty Days Road, so named because of the length of time it takes to travel from central Sudan to southern Egypt.
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Pablo Vs. Chevron   Pablo Vs. Chevron
Ivan Kashinsky/Aurora Photos
Pablo Fajardo is the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Chevron. This is possibly the largest environmental lawsuit ever filed in the world. For twenty years Texaco was responsible for recklessly disposing of crude oil and toxic waste, which leaked into the water supply of the people living in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
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Last Days Of Beichuan   Last Days Of Beichuan
Chien-min Chung/ Aurora Photos
Beichuan is a county located at the epicenter of China's worst earthquake in 30 years. At least 80 per cent of the county is destroyed and the death toll could top 80, 000 according to the government. New Aurora photographer Chien-min Chung captured a scene of overwhelming devastation through his panoramic images.
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A View of California   A View of California
John Lee / Aurora Photos
Aurora photographer John Lee gives us a fresh perspective on the "Sunshine State" from Venice Beach to San Francisco.
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World Food Crisis   World Food Crisis
Various/ Aurora Photos
In the past year, prices have risen significantly for basic food on the international commodity market. Around the world, countries are feeling the effects with severe food shortages. Over the past year, rice prices have risen by 70%. The price of wheat has more than doubled. Corn and soy have been trading well above average. The global food crisis is being blamed on factors such as the growing population and emerging economies like China and India.
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Predator Plants   Predator Plants
Various/ Aurora Photos
Charles Darwin considered carnivorous plants some of the most captivating living beings on earth. Carnivorous plants are plants that receive most of their nutrients from trapping and consuming animals or insects. Aurora photographers give us a closer unique look at these peculiar plants.
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Disappearing Glaciers   Disappearing Glaciers
James Balog / Aurora Photos
Through a unique photographic project, Extreme Ice Survey, James Balog provides evidence of fast melting glaciers. The project records the terrifying speed of their disappearance. Balog notes: photography will provide irrefutable visual evidence of global warming.
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Galapagos Under Siege   Galapagos Under Siege
Eric Rorer / Aurora Photos
Ever since Charles Darwin first visited the Galapagos in 1835, the tiny archipelago 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador has captivated the world’s imagination. However, increased tourist traffic and population growth have put a huge stress on the islands’ ecological balance. Invasive non-native plants and animals are feeding on or forcing out rare native species and the heavy impact of the human footprint is often hidden out of view. Aurora photographer shows a place that is at once beautiful, magical and under siege.
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Balog's Trees   Balog's Trees
James Balog
Jame Balog spent six-year photographing America’s great trees, forcing us to reconsider how we perceive and photograph nature. There are 92 portraits of trees, all of them the largest, oldest, strongest individuals of their species in America. Many are globally superlative as well. Coupling rock climbing and caving techniques with digital cameras, Balog ventured to extremes, dangling 36 stories above the earth to produce unprecedented views of the natural world.
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Gone Fishing   Gone Fishing

Fishing is about more than the catch. It is the life that surrounds the experience; standing in a cold river at sunrise, studying the hatch, listening to the river, and of course watching for the dashing figures beneath the surface of the water. And then the tug on the line. These are the experiences we long for. Aurora Photos photographers have provided all of these experiences in their imagery, now they are available through Aurora's Outdoor Collection.
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Earthquake Science   Earthquake Science
Peter Essick / Aurora
We know earthquakes level cities and kill people. In December 2004, a giant earthquake caused a tsunami that killed over 220,000 people. In Kashmir last October, a magnitude 7.6 quake claimed 73,000 lives. In cities across the globe, city planners, scientists, and emergency rescue services are studying earthquakes and preparing for the fallout of the next big quake. Aurora photographer Peter Essick traveled the globe, documenting the cities most at risk, and following scientists in their quest to better understand earthquakes. These are some of his images.
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Antarctic - What's Next?   Antarctic - What's Next?
Jim Lo Scalzo / US News / Aurora
Since 1945, the Antarctic Peninsula has experienced a warming of about 4.5F (2.5C). The annual melt season has increased by 2 to 3 weeks in just the past 20 years. The 770 square mile (1,994 km2) Larsen A ice shelf disintegrated suddenly in January 1995. Measurements from data recorders in the Southern Ocean waters around Antarctica show a 0.3F (0.17C) rise in ocean temperatures between the 1950s and the 1980s. The permanent ice cover of nine lakes on Signey Island has decreased by about 45% since the 1950s. Average summer air temperature has warmed by 1.8F (1C). More data such as this exists. What’s next?
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Grand Staircase-Escalante N. M.   Grand Staircase-Escalante N. M.
Ian Austin / Aurora
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's vast and austere landscape embraces a spectacular array of scientific and historic resources. This high, rugged, and remote region, where bold plateaus and multi-hued cliffs run for distances that defy human perspective, was the last place in the continental United States to be mapped. Even today, this unspoiled natural area remains a frontier, a quality that greatly enhances the monument's value for scientific study. The monument has a long and dignified human history: it is a place where one can see how nature shapes human endeavors in the American West, where distance and aridity have been pitted against our dreams and courage.
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John Smith's Chesapeake Bay, 400 years.   John Smith's Chesapeake Bay, 400 years.
Peter Essick / Aurora
Aurora photographer Peter Essick documented Chesapeake Bay and brought back images that examine the current state of the Bay and the sites explorer John Smith gazed upon hundreds of years before. As we approach the 400-year anniversary of Smith's exploration, this work helps us understand what treasure Chesapeake Bay.
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Hurricane Katrina   Hurricane Katrina
Various Aurora Photographers
The effects of Hurricane Katrina will be felt for a long time to come. Here's a sample of what Aurora affiliated photographers saw.
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Hurricane Katrina Aftermath   Hurricane Katrina Aftermath
David Krusso / Aurora
When hurricane Katrina slammed ashore August 29th with 150-mph (240-kph) winds no one imaged the aftermath it would bring in its wake. From a rescue workers perspective here are images that show its devestation and rescue efforts.
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Extreme Weather   Extreme Weather
Jim Reed / IPN / Aurora
Award-winning photographer Jim Reed has premium-quality, extraordinary weather images. He captures everything from cumulonimbus clouds and hoar frost to hurricanes and tornadoes. Aurora is proud to have such one of a kind work on our web site.
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Western Wildfires   Western Wildfires
East Valley Tribune / Aurora
The West braces itself for another wildfire season. From the staff at the East Valley Tribune, these photographs tell the story of a recent Arizona blaze.
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Carbon Cycle Disturbed   Carbon Cycle Disturbed
Peter Essick / Aurora Photos
The natural carbon cycle works when plants take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and replace oxygen. Since the burning of fossil fuels, humans have been adding excess carbon into the atmosphere which was locked up in coal and oil deposits. This excess is causing the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to rise and warm the earth like a greenhouse.
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The Maine Lobster   The Maine Lobster
Carl Walsh / Aurora
Lobster is woven into the fabric of Maine’s culture as long as anyone can remember. The cold, clean waters of Maine’s rocky coast provide an ideal habitat for lobster. Maine's lobstermen are guardedly optimistic about the 2005 season and have been surprised to see signs of an earlier start. Pat White of the Maine Lobstermen's Association says no one knows why signs point toward an earlier start this year. Sometimes, it doesn't pay to try to figure out the habits of Maine's most valuable sea creature. "We can't figure out how to outsmart an animal with no brain," said White, a lobsterman based in York Harbor.
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Congress Passes ANWR   Congress Passes ANWR
Various Aurora Photographers
March 17, 2005 - The Senate voted yesterday 51-49 in favor of oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Hurdles still remain, yet drilling advocates said they were close to achieving their long fight to tap billions of barrels of oil beneath the 1.5 million-acre tundra. Search ANWR for more images of the Refuge on www.auroraphotos.com
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Global Warming   Global Warming
Peter Essick / Aurora
Global warming has been called the most important issue in science today. The data shows that humans are causing the planet to warm by burning fossil fuels. If the warming continues and the computer models are accurate, millions of people and whole ecosystems could be adversly affected. Peter Essick travelled to many remote locations around the world to document the changes scientists are beginning to observe. Aurora has a complete collection of all the major components of this important issue.
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The Land: Patagonia Part I   The Land: Patagonia Part I
Peter Essick / Aurora
“Torres del Paine National Park, which is a World Heritage Site, has an almost unreal landscape, with vibrant green vegetation, turquoise blue water, and amazing light at sunrise.” This is just one of the impressions Aurora photographer Peter Essick had after spending several months in Patagonia. There Peter photographed the land and the people.
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Introducing Paul Souders   Introducing Paul Souders
Paul Souders / IPN / Aurora
Do a search for "Souders" on Aurora's site and these are some of the images that appear. Range, versatility, quality and more comes from Paul Souders' photography. Enjoy looking and searching through his expanded collection.
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Winter in Yellowstone and the Tetons   Winter in Yellowstone and the Tetons
Jose Azel / Aurora
Few, if any places can provide the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife one can see in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in winter. Mystical, lovely, even surreal, the landscape takes forms that inspire and cause us to pause.
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Wildlife Relocation   Wildlife Relocation
Adrain Bailey/Aurora
The relocation of wildlife has replaced natural migration as human development has closed the ancient paths African animals used to follow. A seasonal operation that takes place when animals are under least stress, predators, antelope, giraffe and even elephant are captured and moved for commercial or scientific reasons. It is even possible for tourists to join in certain relocations.
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Water Issues   Water Issues
Peter Essick/Aurora
Already overburdened, the Earth's six billion people can't get enough of fresh water. With populations continuing to climb, what happens next? Read on...
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ANWR Alaska   ANWR Alaska
Jim Lo Scalzo/US News/Aurora
At about 19 million acres, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is the largest refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. On Alaska's North Slope, it is about the size of the state of North Carolina. The refuge's 1002 Area, about the size of the state of Delaware, is the center of statewide and national debate over oil exploration in the refuge. Read moreÉ.
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White Side of the Moon   White Side of the Moon
Simon O'Dwyer / Aurora

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Palmyra Atoll   Palmyra Atoll
Randy Olson/Aurora
The largest purchase to date for the Nature Conservancy is the Palmyra atoll situated about 300 miles north of the equator.
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The Wild Dogs of Selinda   The Wild Dogs of Selinda
Adrian Bailey/Aurora
Each year around June, the African Wild Dog, one of Africa's most endangered carnivores, begins the process of raising a litter. The hope of the species falls on the pups, staving off extinction for a few more years. Come and follow...
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Guyana   Guyana
Randy Olson/ Aurora *Winner Magazine Photographer Of The Year POY 2003
Multi-nationals raping a once pristine jungle are now in conflict with the traditional way of life of the Guyana Amerindian population.
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New Zealand   New Zealand
David McLain/Aurora
Birth place of the Bungee jump, land of mist and ice, from vineyards to caves and glaciers an adventurer's paradise.
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Fresh Water   Fresh Water
Peter Essick
Photographs by Peter Essick
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Iceberg Alley   Iceberg Alley
David McLain/Aurora
Iceberg Alley is the name given to the waters that run from Greenland to Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Nuclear Waste   Nuclear Waste
Peter Essick/Aurora
World Press Photo: 1st Prize Stories Science & Technology
A wide and in depth look at the legacy of the United State's Atomic and Nuclear programs - Clean up, Disposal and Storage. More situations availab
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Color Outdoor Stock   Color Outdoor Stock
Chris Pinchbeck/Aurora
Scenics and adventure stock from various locations.
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The Lewis and Clark Trail   The Lewis and Clark Trail
Jose Azel/Aurora
Almost 200 years ago the land's of Native Americans, bison and wilderness began an epic of change.
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Drakensberg Mountain Range   Drakensberg Mountain Range
Adrian Bailey/Aurora
Adrian Bailey and writer David Bristow attempt South Africa's largest range known as the Dragon's Mountain. Full Text Available For License.
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Rhythm of the Tides   Rhythm of the Tides
Tim Peters/Aurora
Explore the Grand Manan Island fisheries in New Brunswick, Canada.
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Sleep Deprivation   Sleep Deprivation
Adrian Mueller / Aurora Photos
Many laboratories worldwide conduct sleep research and studies on sleep deprivation. These studies are conducted with paid volunteer test subjects and help to understand the basis of certain diseases as well as the effects on performance of sleep deprived individuals, such as airline pilots and astronauts.
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Hugh Brantner   Hugh Brantner
Hugh Brantner/Aurora
Still lives in and out of the studio and stock in various styles.
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Tatshenshini   Tatshenshini
David McLain/Aurora
Follow an expedition through the winding path of the Tatshenshini river in British Columbia. The river runs through cool green mountains and ice blue glaciers.
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When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall   When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall

As the days grow shorter and Autumn hues descend,
out of doors there is a newfound crispness,
both on the ground and in the air.

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Wild America   Wild America
Peter Essick/Aurora
Step away from civilization and venture into the American Wilderness, regions where nature, wildlife, and the seasons define the landscape and demonstrate the beauty of untamed life.
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Finding Balance: Parks & People   Finding Balance: Parks & People
Randy Olson and Melissa Farlow/Aurora
Millions of Americans visit our national parks annually. Most are unaware that with each visit they affect the balance between the preservation and the destruction of the very land, water, and hist
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Feeding the Planet   Feeding the Planet
Robb Kendrick/Aurora
Will we continue to produce enough food to feed thebillions living on this planet?
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