Results for: 2008
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
Scientists revise their conclusion that the ocean has cooled since 2003. Read more
Science and relief efforts come together in the aftermath of the Kashmir Earthquake. Read more
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
A drought to rival the Dust Bowl settled over the southern Great Plains in summer 2008. Read more
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
The Vulcan Project maps when and where Americans burn fossil fuels. Read more
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 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
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
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
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
Satellite images showing how our world— forests, oceans,
cities, even the Sun— has changed in recent decades.
The night side of Earth twinkles with light in these composite global and regional views.