Photo of the Day 18 November 2008

Drying Mud, Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia, 2006
Photograph by John Stanmeyer
Mud baking in the hot Indonesian sun nearly reached the rooflines in a village in Sidoarjo, East Java. In 2006, a fracture deep within the Earth, likely caused by local natural-gas drilling, triggered a massive release of hot mud that lasted for months and buried the region.