The images in this gallery were collected from two satellites orbiting the Earth: the IKONOS and GeoEye-1 satellites operated and maintained by GeoEye.

Satellite imagery captures a dazzling array of features in the natural landscape. How many can you identify? Where else would you expect to find them?

    • atoll
    • bay
    • canyon
    • crater lake
    • erg
    • fjord
    • glacier
    • lagoon
    • moraine
    • oxbow lake
    • river
    • shield volcano
    • stratovolcano
    • volcanic crater
Noun

a coral reef or string of coral islands that surrounds a lagoon.

atoll lagoon
Noun

shallow, circular body of water between the ocean and a ring-shaped atoll.

Noun

body of water partially surrounded by land, usually with a wide mouth to a larger body of water.

Noun

deep, narrow valley with steep sides.

Noun

bowl-shaped depression formed by a volcanic eruption or impact of a meteorite.

Noun

long, narrow ocean inlet between steep slopes.

fjord estuary
Noun

place where a river or freshwater stream flows into a deep, steep gorge carved by a glacier and filled with seawater.

glacial lake
Noun

body of water created by a melting glacier.

Noun

mass of ice that moves slowly over land.

Noun

shallow body of water that may have an opening to a larger body of water, but is also protected from it by a sandbar or coral reef.

Noun

body of water surrounded by land.

Noun

material, such as earth, sand, and gravel, transported by a glacier.

Noun

lake formed from an abandoned bend in a river.

Noun

large stream of flowing fresh water.

sand dune
Noun

mound of sand created by the wind.

shield volcano
Noun

large, gently sloping volcano made from fluid lava.

stratovolcano
Noun

steep volcano made of hardened lava, rock, and ash. Also known as a composite volcano.