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Pinwheel Squares in Bolivia
The Mississippi and Missouri are Badly Swollen
Northern Australia Braces for a Pair of Cyclones
Devastation in Mozambique
Image of the Day Mar 25, 2019

Pinwheel Squares in Bolivia

Peculiar shaped agricultural fields comprise what may be a unique pattern on Earth for its size and repetitiveness.

Science for the Peeple
Earth Matters

Science for the Peeple

Take a peep at some of the NASA-inspired entries in "The World’s Finest Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest."

Published Mar 21, 2019 in Earth Matters

Drought Harms Corn Crops in Southern Africa
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Drought Harms Corn Crops in Southern Africa

Dry conditions are bringing food insecurity to several countries.

Published Mar 20, 2019

Image of the Day Land Life Water Drought Human Presence Remote Sensing

Flooding on the Lower Mississippi Continues
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Flooding on the Lower Mississippi Continues

Much of the Lower Mississippi River was flooded in March.

Published Mar 20, 2019

Water Floods Remote Sensing

Icy Floodwaters Grind Through Iowa
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Icy Floodwaters Grind Through Iowa

Ice chunks can exacerbate spring floods by blocking rivers and plowing into homes and infrastructure.

Published Mar 19, 2019

Image of the Day Water Floods

Changing Ocean Colors
Earth Matters

Changing Ocean Colors

Bluer here, yellower there; here’s what scientists think is in store for the future color of Earth’s oceans.

Published Mar 19, 2019 in Earth Matters

Total Rainfall
Global Maps Jan 1998 — Aug 2016

Total Rainfall

These maps depict monthly total rainfall around the world. Rainfall is the primary source of fresh water for humans, plants, and animals. Rain also moves heat between the atmosphere, oceans, and land.

Atmosphere

Historic Floods Inundate Nebraska
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Historic Floods Inundate Nebraska

An unusually cold winter and intense spring storm came together to produce record-breaking floods on several rivers in Nebraska.

Published Mar 18, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Floods Human Presence

Wildflower Super Bloom Returns to California
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Wildflower Super Bloom Returns to California

For the first time in two years, a large bloom of wildflowers have returned, thanks to a rainy winter in Southern California.

Published Mar 16, 2019

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All About That Tilt: Sun and Seasons
EO Kids

All About That Tilt: Sun and Seasons

The seasons are changing–be it winter to spring, or summer to fall. Learn more about this change and how it’s all about that tilt.

Published Mar 15, 2019 in EO Kids

Mining Peru’s Cerro de Pasco
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Mining Peru’s Cerro de Pasco

The city’s economic engine is also a worrisome source of pollution.

Published Mar 15, 2019

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

Wet and Dry Morocco
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Wet and Dry Morocco

Westerly winds from the Atlantic Ocean carry moisture into the region, but the Atlas Mountains act as a weather barrier between coastal grasslands and wetlands and the Sahara Desert.

Published Mar 15, 2019

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Late-Winter Storm Blasts the Great Plains
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Late-Winter Storm Blasts the Great Plains

A quick drop in atmospheric pressure produced an intense storm with hurricane-force winds.

Published Mar 14, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Severe Storms Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Tropical Cyclone Idai Aims at Mozambique
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Tropical Cyclone Idai Aims at Mozambique

The tracks of tropical cyclones in the Mozambique Channel often meander and loop.

Published Mar 12, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Severe Storms

How the Smoke Rises
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How the Smoke Rises

A satellite sensor is helping scientists understand where smoke is headed and what it means for those breathing it.

Published Mar 12, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Human Presence

Blue Marble Next Generation
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Blue Marble Next Generation

12 months of high-resolution global true color satellite imagery.

Published Oct 13, 2005

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice

Satellites Find Greener Pastures
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Satellites Find Greener Pastures

Brazilian researchers are using satellites to calculate how many cattle can be supported by the country's pasturelands.

Published Mar 11, 2019

Image of the Day Land Life Human Presence

Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Dec 2018

Snow Cover

Snow and ice influences climate by reflecting sunlight back into space. When it melts, snow is a source of water for drinking and vegetation; too much snowmelt can lead to floods. These maps show average snow cover by month.

Snow and Ice

Tropical Cyclone Idai
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Tropical Cyclone Idai

Tropical Cyclone Idai is poised to move inland over East African countries already soaked with rain.

Published Mar 11, 2019

Land Water Severe Storms

Grand Canyon Under Snow
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Grand Canyon Under Snow

The Grand Canyon is one of the best known natural wonders on Earth, but astronauts see very different patterns compared with the iconic ground-based views.

Published Mar 8, 2019

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The Carbon Cycle
Article

The Carbon Cycle

Carbon flows between the atmosphere, land, and ocean in a cycle that encompasses nearly all life and sets the thermostat for Earth's climate. By burning fossil fuels, people are changing the carbon cycle with far-reaching consequences.

Published Jun 16, 2011

Atmosphere Land

Mission: Biomes
Article

Mission: Biomes

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a different part of the world? What would the weather be like? What kinds of animals would you see? Which plants live there? By investigating these questions, you are learning about biomes.

Published Oct 5, 2000

Land Life

Jupiter or Earth?
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Jupiter or Earth?

Governed by the same laws of physics, very different planets display similar patterns.

Published Mar 8, 2019

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China’s Fields of Gold
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China’s Fields of Gold

In Luoping County, spring brings an explosion of canola flowers.

Published Mar 7, 2019

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Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Nov 2018

Vegetation

Greenness is an important indicator of health for forests, grasslands, and farms. The greenness of a landscape, or vegetation index, depends on the number and type of plants, how leafy they are, and how healthy they are.

Land Life

Bringing a National Land Cover Monitoring System to Afghanistan
Notes from the Field

Bringing a National Land Cover Monitoring System to Afghanistan

Creating a customized service for annual land cover mapping and change analysis in Afghanistan.

Published Mar 7, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Fires Rage in Victoria
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Fires Rage in Victoria

At least 380 small and large fires burned in the Australian state in the first week of March.

Published Mar 7, 2019

Image of the Day Land Floods Remote Sensing

Seaweed and Fish World
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Seaweed and Fish World

With floating villages, expansive seaweed farms, and hundreds of thousands of fish cages, Sansha Bay has one of the most extensive aquaculture operations in the world.

Published Mar 6, 2019

Image of the Day Water Human Presence Remote Sensing

Flooding on the Russian River
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Flooding on the Russian River

Another atmospheric river brought soaking rain to an area that was already saturated, leading to near-historic river crests in Sonoma County, California.

Published Mar 5, 2019

Image of the Day Severe Storms Remote Sensing

An Unusually Warm February in the United Kingdom
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An Unusually Warm February in the United Kingdom

England, Scotland, and Wales all recorded their warmest winter day ever in February 2019.

Published Mar 4, 2019

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Net Primary Productivity
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2016

Net Primary Productivity

These maps show the ‘metabolism” of Earth’s plants and trees. Net primary productivity is the difference between the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed during photosynthesis minus the amount released by respiration.

Land Life

March Puzzler
Earth Matters

March Puzzler

Your challenge is to use the comments section to tell us what we are looking at and why it is interesting.

Published Mar 4, 2019 in Earth Matters

Fire on Mount Kenya
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Fire on Mount Kenya

The fire raged on the slopes of Kenya’s highest mountain.

Published Mar 4, 2019

Land Fires

5 Stories from 5 Years of Precipitation Measurements from Space
Earth Matters

5 Stories from 5 Years of Precipitation Measurements from Space

In honor of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission's fifth anniversary, we're highlighting some of our favorite and most unique Earth Observatory stories related to the satellite--from farmers trying to increase crop yields to researchers predicting the spread of fires.

Published Mar 1, 2019 in Earth Matters

Water Snow and Ice

Savage South Georgia
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Savage South Georgia

The remote island may be inhospitable to humans, but it provides a home to major populations of wildlife.

Published Mar 1, 2019

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Cloudy Congo River Basin
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Cloudy Congo River Basin

Moisture and solar heating lead to interesting patterns in one of the cloudiest places on Earth.

Published Mar 1, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water

A Break in the Clouds for Europe
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A Break in the Clouds for Europe

Europe stands out in satellite imagery as being one of the cloudiest continents—but not this week.

Published Mar 1, 2019

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The Biggest Eruption of 2018 Was Not Where You Think
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The Biggest Eruption of 2018 Was Not Where You Think

Kilauea dominated the headlines of western media, but remote Ambae in Vanuatu blew away other volcanic events.

Published Feb 27, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Volcanoes Remote Sensing

Earth at Night
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Earth at Night

Satellite images of Earth at night have been a curiosity for the public and a tool of fundamental research for at least 25 years. They have provided a broad, beautiful picture, showing how humans have shaped the planet and lit up the darkness.

Published Apr 12, 2017

Atmosphere Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Early Flooding Along the Mississippi
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Early Flooding Along the Mississippi

Heavy rains have caused major flooding in areas along the river, and forecasters say there's more to come.

Published Feb 27, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Floods Human Presence

A Grand Centennial
Earth Matters

A Grand Centennial

NASA Earth Observatory has existed for just one-fifth the time of Grand Canyon National Park, but over those 20 years, satellites and astronauts have captured some magnificent views of the park from above.

Published Feb 26, 2019 in Earth Matters

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2018

Cloud Fraction

In addition to making rain and snow, clouds can have a warming or cooling influence depending on their altitude, type, and when they form. These maps show what fraction of an area was cloudy each month.

Atmosphere

The Ozone Hole: Closing the Gap
Article

The Ozone Hole: Closing the Gap

After thinning at alarming rates in the 1980s and 90s, the ozone layer over Antarctica is starting to recover. Watch how ozone concentrations in the stratosphere have changed from 1979 through 2018.

Published Feb 13, 2019

Atmosphere Human Presence Remote Sensing World of Change Videos

Shrinking Aral Sea
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Shrinking Aral Sea

Once the fourth-largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea has been slowly disappearing since the 1960s. View how the lake has shrunk over the past few decades.

Published Dec 5, 2018

Land Water Videos

Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Nov 2018

Sea Surface Temperature

Ocean temperatures can influence weather, such as hurricane formation, and climate patterns, such as El Niño. These maps show the temperature at the surface of the world’s seas and oceans.

Heat Water

Notes from the Field: VISIONS-2: Imaging Earth’s Portal to Space
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Notes from the Field: VISIONS-2: Imaging Earth’s Portal to Space

NASA scientist Doug Rowland travels with his team to Svalbard, Norway, for the VISIONS-2 sounding rocket campaign. The team will launch two suborbital rockets in order to understand how the aurora heats the atmosphere and “boils” oxygen off into space.

Published Nov 21, 2018 in Notes From the Field

Atmosphere Remote Sensing

Autumn Around the World
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Autumn Around the World

Here are eight places on Earth where the fall foliage wowed us.

Published Oct 23, 2018

Land Remote Sensing

A Season of Smoke
Article

A Season of Smoke

In summer 2018, wildfires across western North America disrupted the lives of millions. Smoke from some of the blazes was so pronounced it was visible from space.

Published Sep 11, 2018

Atmosphere Land Remote Sensing Videos