These incredible images of the planet Earth show it at its most striking and dramatic, and are more akin to those normally taken from Neptune, Mars or Pluto. The alien-looking images come from a variety of locations across the globe including the White Desert in Egypt, Monument Valley in the U.S., and the Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island in the Philippines. The images include shots of salt plains, rock formations, geysers, sand dunes, mud playas, lava shelves and deserts.
Sinkholes pock-mark the emerging shoreline of the Dead Sea near Ein Gedi in Israel. The sinkholes are caused by fresh groundwater disolving subterranean salt deposits that once formed the bottom of the Dead Sea.
A landscape of cracked mud in the playa of Alvord Desert in Oregon in the U.S.