The gorgeous patterns you see here come courtesy of an astronaut-shot photo showing the Mattagami (top right) and Missinaibi Rivers (bottom right), flowing into the Moose River (left) in northern Ontario. Keep scrolling for more details from Mika McKinnon.
Weather is oddly topographical. Rarely is it as clear as in this photograph snapped by astronaut Terry Virts from the International Space Station, where clouds have settled into the Seine river valley meandering near Paris, France.
When you see a bright red river or a lake that glows a vivid green color, you probably think it belongs on another planet. But these incredibly striking bodies of water are right here on Earth. Here are the most beautiful and alien-looking rivers and lakes, sporting bizarre colors.
Since 2011, artist Sonja Hinrichsen has brought volunteers out onto the snow of Colorado to create art that can only be full seen from above. 2014's entry was an abstract interpretation of original flow of the Yampa River and its four main tributaries in Routt County, made on an artificial lake created by damming.
Relatedly, why do branching river channels form fractals? Check out this latest installment of Minute Earth to find out.
Just how many rivers are there in the United States? Based on this map, a hell of a lot more than you might think.
When the Rideau River in Ottawa, Canada freezes for the winter, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and city officials clear up the river's ice jams using a rather jarring method — blowing up the ice with dynamite.
Last week, pranksters dyed the Goldstream River on Vancouver Island bright green using the dye fluorescein. Apparently the river was so bright that it was painful to look at. Here's footage of this roiling ectoplasmic channel.
For most of the year, Caño Cristales in Serrania de La Macarena, Colombia is a normal river. But for a brief period between the wet and dry seasons, Caño Cristales explodes with kaleidoscopic algae straight out of another dimension.