April 22 is the day when we celebrate the holiday, which has not become very popular just yet, but is no less important than New Year’s Day, Christmas or Easter. Earth Day is meant to glorify the beauty of our planet and also raise awareness about the possible consequences of its pollution.
On this day, people all over the world organize summits and conferences, participate in various activities aimed to protect the environment. This holiday was one of the main reasons for launching Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an organization that now deals with pressing problems which face our planet.
For this year’s Earth Day, National Aeronautics and Space Administration posted a whole gallery of breathtaking pictures, taken from space and on Earth. These pictures give true credit to the beauty of our planet.
Today, we picked 3 shots, which we found the greatest, and want to share them with you.
1. The Getz Ice Shelf
The Getz Ice Shelf is the largest Antarctic ice shelf along the SE Pacific-Antarctic coastline, over 300 miles long and from 20 to 60 miles wide.The image shows ice in the process of calving from the front of the shelf, soon to become an iceberg.
2. The Heart of Madagascar
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 250 miles from the eastern coast of Africa.
Madagascar is home to various plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Around 90% of all plant and animal species found in Madagascar are endemic. This distinctive ecology has led some ecologists to refer to Madagascar as the “eighth continent”.
This wonderful picture of the island was taken by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, when the International Space Station was flying over that region.
Everglades is a national park in the American state of Florida, which covers over 1.5 million acres of wetland.
Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.
The picture of the park was also captured by the abovementioned Ricky Arnold, who was absolutely mesmerized by this beauty.
“The grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades. It is a river of grass,” he said.
Hopefully, Earth Day will help the humanity understand not only the beauty of our planet, but also the fact that we have to take care of it.
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