Although organisms obey the same physical laws as inanimate objects the evolutionary implications of these laws are often neglected. Physical factors influence the fitness value of traits and play an important role in the course of evolution. These are the areas of investigation that interest us.
The atmosphere above us is a thin layer enclosing our planet, but it roils with activity and energy. Photographer Camille Seamon captures the grandeur of our turbulent skies in her storm shots. These dramatic atmospheric vistas – including mammatus clouds (top), swirling supercells (middle), and turbulent storm clouds (bottom) – are all driven by the flow of heat and moisture. (Image credit: C. Seaman; via Colossal)