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Pictures of the year 2010: earthquakes, volcanoes and environmental disasters

A cavernous and almost perfectly round sinkhole swallowed an entire intersection in Guatemala City during a tropical storm. The hole is 66 feet across and plunges nearly 100 feet down. Geologists said that the circular shape suggested a cave formation underneath, but what exactly caused the sinkhole was still a mystery

Adjacent to Hachikō Plaza is arguably one of the coolest intersections you will ever see in your life. The sheer energy of the place is enough to stop you dead in your tracks while you loudly proclaim to yourself, ‘Wow – I’m in Tokyo!’

Carnival season has started in Brazil and that means scantily clad women wearing giant feathers. We don’t know if ladies in carnival costumes is a fetish, but if not it should be. It takes most of the year to build the outfits these dancers wear.

Have you ever seen beauty in motion? Ever heard the sound of color and excitement? The Rio Carnival will be the reason you answer "yes!"

Peter Steinhauer - Taikoo Windows, Hong Kong, 2009. (courtesy Plum Blossoms Gallery). S)

EXODUS I - Damascus, Syria. By British artist and photographer Marcus Lyon.

Map of the Forbidden City, China