2005 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Carsten Peter

National Geographic

24 June, 2003

Researcher Tim Samaras drops a probe in the path of a tornado before racing back to his van, with just a minute to spare before the tornado hits. Tornadoes rank among the Earth's most violent natural occurrences, yet no-one fully understands how they work. Chasing tornadoes for science requires skilled forecasts, plenty of stamina - and an ability to get out of the way quickly.

About the photographer

Carsten Peter

Carsten Peter is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine, and specializes in going to extremes: scuba diving in a glacier on Mont Blanc, crossing the Sahara on a ca...

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