So what on earth is this? Some dried-up riverbed somewhere? A black and white shot from the Mars Rover? The real answer might leave you spinning.
What you're looking at is a single groove in a vinyl record, magnified 1000 times. Those lumpy parts? Dust.
The image was captured under an electron microscope by Chris Supranowitz, a researcher at the University of Rochester. There's no word on what specific record we're looking at, but I'm going to assume that a picture as badass as this one belongs to Led Zepplin IV.
By contrast, here's a shot of a boring ol' CD magnified 20,000 times: