One month after the Pinatubo eruption
Image: U.S. Geological Survey, July 1, 1991, by Willie Scott
This photo of a desolate wasteland resembles a prehistoric landscape. The image was taken of an area around the Mount Pinatubo volcano about one month after the devastating eruption in 1991. A mixture of hot gas, rock, and ash from the volcanic blast blankets the landscape, covering and charring vegetation. The environmental impacts of this natural disaster lasted for many years.