National Geographic Best News Pictures of 2010
The best photo galleries of 2010 from National Geographic News, as measured by viewer interest.
1. Sinkhole Pierces Guatemala
Yes, it’s real. See multiple views of the 30-story-deep sinkhole in Guatemala that swallowed a three-story building in June.
2. Fish With “Hands” Identified
Nine fish that use handlike fins to walk, rather than swim, off Australia were identified as new species in May.
3. Best of 10-Year Marine Census
See “Mr. Blobby” and the other stars of our 13 favorite pictures from the Census of Marine Life, which concluded in October.
4. Strange Species Found Off Greenland
From deep-sea “aliens” to promising seafood specimens, 38 striking fish species were spotted off Greenland for the first time in April.
5. Lightning Adds Flash to Ash
Intense lightning storms mixed with ash clouds to electrify the night sky over Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano in April.
6. Sinkholes Around the World
The sinkhole that opened up in Guatemala in June added to the chasms—natural and human-induced—that have appeared from Alabama to Iceland.
7. New, Rare Species Found
A bat with trumpet-like nostrils and a katydid that “aims for the eyes” were among the hundreds of species seen in Papua New Guinea in 2009.
8. Crocodile Attacks Elephant
In an unusual ambush, a Nile crocodile grabbed onto an elephant’s trunk at an African water hole this summer. See which animal came out alive.
9. Gulf Oil Spill’s Evolution
See the growth and evolution of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as viewed from space.
10. Gulf Spill From Above
The spread of oil on the water’s surface in April was a clue used to determine the size of the leak from the Gulf of Mexico rig disaster.