Though aerial drones have been banned from U.S. national parks, a tourist in early August dropped one right into Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone in Wyoming. Park officials are unsure whether the crash could damage the iconic multicolored spring.
Scientists from NOAA, in a partnership with the Catlin Seaview Survey, are learning to use 360-degree camera technology to map U.S. marine sanctuaries. The technique resembles Google's street view, and will allow people to remotely view sanctuaries from home.
Above, divers explore Florida International University's Aquaruis Reefbase in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Novatak and East Novatak are among many glaciers in southeastern Alaska that have seen significant ice loss in the last 25 years. Novatak has retreated by about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) and East Novatak has moved back by twice that.
Hawaii got a 1-2 hurricane punch in early August, when Hurricane Iselle (above) and Hurricane Julio brewed in the Pacific simultaneously. Iselle made landfall on the Big Island, and was downgraded to a tropical storm. Several days later Hurricane Julio passed north of Hawaii.
A thick plume of dust blows from the dry interior of Sudan and across hundreds of kilometers of the Red Sea, with smaller plumes also visible over Saudi Arabia and Eritrea.
A plane appears to fly across the supermoon, surrounded by a Madrid skyscraper. The moon appeared 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the typical full moon, and another will appear in the sky on Sept. 9, 2014.