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Notes from the Field: The Ablation Zone: Where Ice Goes to Die

Notes from the Field: The Ablation Zone: Where Ice Goes to Die

In summer 2016, researchers landed on the Greenland Ice Sheet to study the efficiency of its drainage system. Intensive mapping, monitoring, and measuring of the ice sheet's rivers will help scientists improve estimates of ice loss via surface melt and its effect on global sea level rise. Read more

World of Change: Ice Loss in Glacier National Park

World of Change: Ice Loss in Glacier National Park

Shrinking since at least the early 1900s, the ice cover in Glacier National Park is expected to keep declining until only insignificant lumps remain. These images show changes to the park's ice and surrounding landscape since 1984. Read more

 National Parks from Space

National Parks from Space

The U.S. National Park Service celebrates its centennial in 2016, commemorating 100 years of stewardship of America’s natural and historic treasures. Many of those monuments, scenic rivers, parks, and historic sites are visible from space—where the views are just as compelling. Read more

Notes from the Field: A Satellite Scientist Visits the Ice, Alaska 2016

Notes from the Field: A Satellite Scientist Visits the Ice, Alaska 2016

NASA's Walt Meir uses satellites to study sea ice. But like many modelers and remote sensing researchers, he had never stepped foot on this remote polar icescape. In spring 2016, Meir joined other satellite remote sensing scientists, sea ice modelers, and field researchers in Barrow, Alaska. Read more

Natural Beauty at Risk: Preparing for Climate Change in National Parks

Natural Beauty at Risk: Preparing for Climate Change in National Parks

Many National Parks were created to protect forests and ecosystems from development and fragmentation. But changes in temperature, rainfall, and atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide could eventually do as much to remake forests as humans did with saws and fires and bulldozers. Read more

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Natural Hazards

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Flooding in ChinaJuly 28, 2016
Flooding in China
Image of the Day Bloom in Hood Canal, WashingtonJuly 24, 2016
Bloom in Hood Canal, Washington
Sand Fire Burn ScarJuly 24, 2016
Sand Fire Burn Scar
Sand Fire, CaliforniaJuly 23, 2016
Sand Fire, California
Image of the Day Fires in Northwestern SiberiaJuly 19, 2016
Fires in Northwestern Siberia
Typhoon NepartakJuly 7, 2016
Typhoon Nepartak
Image of the Day Phytoplankton Bloom off New JerseyJuly 6, 2016
Phytoplankton Bloom off New Jersey
The Barents Sea AbloomJuly 6, 2016
The Barents Sea Abloom
Image of the Day Typhoon NepartakJuly 6, 2016
Typhoon Nepartak
Image of the Day Bloom in Lake OkeechobeeJuly 2, 2016
Bloom in Lake Okeechobee
Image of the Day Swirls of Ice in the Labrador SeaJuly 2, 2016
Swirls of Ice in the Labrador Sea
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World of Change

Satellite images showing how our world— forests, oceans, cities, even the Sun— has changed in recent decades.
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Blue Marble

Composite satellite images of the entire Earth.
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Earth at Night

The night side of Earth twinkles with light in these composite global and regional views.
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Experiments

Hands-on educational activities.
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Visible Earth

A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet.
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NASA Earth Observations

View, download, and analyze imagery of Earth science data.
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