Lightning in New Mexico, USA
Lightning. Night-time view of multiple bolts of lightning striking the ground. Lightning occurs when a large, electrical charge builds up in a cloud. This is probably due to the rapid movement of water droplets and ice particles within the cloud. Large thunderclouds generally have very turbulent interiors. The charge induces an opposite charge on the ground, and a few "leader electrons" travel to the ground. When one makes contact, there is a huge backflow of energy up the path of the electron. This produces a bright flash of light and temperatures of up to 30, 000 degrees celsius. Photographed near Lordsburg, New Mexico, USA.
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Flock of snow geese
Flock of snow geese (Chen or Anser caerulescens) in flight. The snow goose is a migratory bird native to North America. It breeds in the northernmost areas but travels as far south as Mexico for the winter. It prefers to inhabit marshy areas and eats seeds, leaves and buds. Photographed in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, USA.
© Manuel Presti/Science Photo Library
Albuquerque New Mexico US City Street Map
Vector Illustration of a City Street Map of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Scale 1:60, 000.
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U.S. Geological Survey, US Topo
USGS The National Map: National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)
USGS The National Map: National Transportation Dataset (NTD)
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