These images are part of a series of remarkable patterns that bacteria form when grown in a petri dish. The colony structures form as adaptive responses to laboratory-imposed stresses that mimic hostile environments faced in nature.
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz / @thephotosociety Karst hills punctuate privately owned fields of rapeseed near #Luoping in China’s Yunnan Province. The rape seed is harvested for cooking oil, the stalks are turned into home insulation, and beehives are brought in to make honey. With very little arable land to feed a large population, almost every scrap of flat fertile soil in China is used to grow something. To see more aerial photos of China go to @geosteinmetz #notadrone
Xian, China: The terracotta army is guarding the tomb of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang di. His fear of death and and quest for immortality brought the creation of these warriors. They are life-sized and individually modelled with great detail.