Results for: 2008

Earth Perspectives

Earth Perspectives

In 2008, as NASA celebrated its 50th anniversary, the Earth Observatory asked a number of Earth scientists what we have learned about our home planet by going into space. Read more

Correcting Ocean Cooling

Correcting Ocean Cooling

Scientists revise their conclusion that the ocean has cooled since 2003. Read more

When the Earth Moved Kashmir

When the Earth Moved Kashmir

Science and relief efforts come together in the aftermath of the Kashmir Earthquake. Read more

Rapid Retreat: Ice Shelf Loss along Canada's Ellesmere Coast

Rapid Retreat: Ice Shelf Loss along Canada's Ellesmere Coast

Beginning in late July 2008, the remaining ice shelves along the northern coast of Canada's Ellesmere Island underwent rapid retreat, losing a total of 214 square kilometers (83 square miles). Read more

Devastating Drought Settles on the High Plains

Devastating Drought Settles on the High Plains

A drought to rival the Dust Bowl settled over the southern Great Plains in summer 2008. Read more

Siberia Blog 2008

Siberia Blog 2008

Scientists on a remote river in Siberia send field reports of their expedition to study the impacts of fire and climate change on northern forests and tundra. Read more

American Carbon: Vulcan Project Maps Nation's Fossil Fuel Emissions in Detail

American Carbon: Vulcan Project Maps Nation's Fossil Fuel Emissions in Detail

The Vulcan Project maps when and where Americans burn fossil fuels. Read more

The Ocean's Carbon Balance

The Ocean's Carbon Balance

The amount of carbon dioxide that the ocean can take from the atmosphere is controlled by both natural cycles and human activity. Read more

William Smith (1769-1839)

William Smith (1769-1839)

William Smith discovered that he could identify rock layers by the unique fossils they held. His discovery helped later generations of scientists to understand the history of life on Earth. Read more

Cities at Night: The View from Space

Cities at Night: The View from Space

Astronauts onboard the International Space Station capture nighttime photographs of city lights, spectacular evidence of humanity's existence, our distribution, and our ability to change our environment. Read more

Disintegration: Antarctic Warming Claims Another Ice Shelf

Disintegration: Antarctic Warming Claims Another Ice Shelf

In late February 2008, the Wilkins Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula disintegrated, an indication of warming temperatures in the region. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites provided some of the earliest evidence of the disintegration. Read more

Amazon Fires on the Rise

Amazon Fires on the Rise

In 2006, fires and smoke in the Amazon declined significantly for the first time in nearly a decade. Is Amazon burning under control? Read more

Ancient Forest to Modern City

Ancient Forest to Modern City

To understand how local weather shifted when the towering forests of the eastern United States gave way to fields and cities, scientists must reconstruct the region's historical landscapes. Read more

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Satellite images showing how our world— forests, oceans, cities, even the Sun— has changed in recent decades.
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The night side of Earth twinkles with light in these composite global and regional views.
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Vital signs of the planet.
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