A Colorful Portrait of Flow

This gorgeous, natural-color image shows Lake Balkhash in southeastern Kazakhstan. In early March, the ice on the lake was beginning to break up, revealing glimpses of swirling sediment below the water’s surface. In contrast, the smaller lakes and ponds of the surrounding area remained frozen amidst the wintery browns of the nearby desert and wetlands. (Image credit: J. Stevens/USGS; via NASA Earth Observatory)

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