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Wispy Clouds Before the Storm
Major Greenland Glacier Is Growing
Solar-Powered China
Ship Tracks, Aleutian Islands
Image of the Day Jun 19, 2019

Wispy Clouds Before the Storm

Transverse cirrus clouds may look benign, but they are often associated with intense weather.

Introducing Landsat Ice Stream (73°36′S, 79°03′W)
Earth Matters

Introducing Landsat Ice Stream (73°36′S, 79°03′W)

Seven ice features in western Antarctica have been named for Earth-observation satellites.

Published Jun 18, 2019 in Earth Matters

Snow and Ice Land

Carbon Dioxide Reaches Record Levels, Plus 6 Things to Know About the Greenhouse Gas
Earth Matters

Carbon Dioxide Reaches Record Levels, Plus 6 Things to Know About the Greenhouse Gas

In May 2019, when atmospheric carbon dioxide reached its yearly peak, it set a record.

Published Jun 14, 2019 in Earth Matters

Climate Indicators Atmosphere

Lake Sambhar
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Lake Sambhar

The wet and dry seasons bring two distinct but colorful looks to this wetland in the Thar Desert.

Published Jun 14, 2019

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Lena Delta Shakes Off Winter
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Lena Delta Shakes Off Winter

After seven months encased in snow and ice, the delta emerges for the short Arctic summer.

Published Jun 13, 2019

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Heatwave in India
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Heatwave in India

Extreme temperatures baked northern cities for nearly three weeks.

Published Jun 12, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Human Presence

A Bit Less of Excelsior Glacier in Photographs
Earth Matters

A Bit Less of Excelsior Glacier in Photographs

In a recent article, we showed satellite imagery of the dramatic retreat of Alaska’s Excelsior Glacier over the past two decades. Images collected closer to the ground also show dramatic change.

Published Jun 11, 2019 in Earth Matters

A White June in the Rockies
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A White June in the Rockies

For this late in the year, snowpack is remarkably deep in Colorado and Utah.

Published Jun 11, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Snow and Ice

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Where some of the park’s most notable glaciers end, a series of colorful glacial lakes begin.

Published Jun 10, 2019

Image of the Day Water Snow and Ice

Eerie Green Swirls of Lake Khanka
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Eerie Green Swirls of Lake Khanka

Located on the border of Russia and China, Lake Khanka plays an important role in supporting biodiversity in the region.

Published Jun 9, 2019

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Carbon Monoxide
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Feb 2017

Carbon Monoxide

When fuels such as coal, wood, and oil burn incompletely, they produce carbon monoxide. The gas is spread by winds and circulation. These maps show monthly averages of CO in the lower atmosphere.

Atmosphere

Aerosol Size
Global Maps Jan 2005 — Sep 2016

Aerosol Size

Sea salt, volcanic ash, dust, wildfire smoke, and industrial pollution are types of airborne aerosols. Natural aerosols tend to be larger than human-made aerosols. These maps show when and where aerosols come from nature, humans, or both.

Atmosphere

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

From School to NASA Earth Scientist
EO Kids

From School to NASA Earth Scientist

Find out what three NASA scientists wanted to be when they were young and discover what they do now. Then, be a scientist yourself, right now!

Published Jun 9, 2019 in EO Kids

Land Life Atmosphere Snow and Ice Water

Amistad Reservoir
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Amistad Reservoir

When full, the lake is the second largest in Texas.

Published Jun 6, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Beauty and a Burden in the Norwegian Sea
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Beauty and a Burden in the Norwegian Sea

Harmless phytoplankton put on a stunning display, while another less-visible species wreaked havoc on salmon farms.

Published Jun 6, 2019

Image of the Day Life Water Remote Sensing Water Color

Tropical Cyclones are Stalling More
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Tropical Cyclones are Stalling More

Storms in the North Atlantic are lingering longer near the coast, leading to significantly more rainfall.

Published Jun 6, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Floods Severe Storms Human Presence Remote Sensing

Spreading Grasslands — Not Homo erectus — Wiped Out Africa's Big Animals
Earth Matters

Spreading Grasslands — Not Homo erectus — Wiped Out Africa's Big Animals

Seven million years ago, some truly spectacular creatures roamed the woodlands of East Africa.

Published Jun 6, 2019 in Earth Matters

Forecasting D-Day
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Forecasting D-Day

Without the sound advice of meteorologists and geologists working behind the scenes, one of the most consequential battles in human history could have gone quite differently.

Published Jun 5, 2019

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Bloom in the Parent Stream
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Bloom in the Parent Stream

Fueled by the Oyashio current, the waters off of northeastern Japan support a bounty of phytoplankton and fishes.

Published Jun 4, 2019

Image of the Day Water Remote Sensing Water Color

On the Ground in Belize to Improve How Satellites “See” Water Quality from Space
Notes from the Field

On the Ground in Belize to Improve How Satellites “See” Water Quality from Space

Belize is a small Central American country whose people pride themselves on trying to maintain a balance between development and conservation.

Published Jun 3, 2019 in Notes From the Field

The Urbanization of Ulaanbaatar
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The Urbanization of Ulaanbaatar

The Mongolian capital is spreading outward as migrants from the countryside fill neighborhoods on the fringes of the city.

Published Jun 3, 2019

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

Legends of the Egyptian Temples
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Legends of the Egyptian Temples

Modern Luxor is full of relics and reminders of ancient Egypt.

Published May 31, 2019

Image of the Day Land

An EPIC View of Smoke Over Canada
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An EPIC View of Smoke Over Canada

Fires raging in Alberta sent smoke plumes far and wide.

Published May 31, 2019

Image of the Day Fires Remote Sensing

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

Flathead Lake, Montana
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Flathead Lake, Montana

Located within the Rocky Mountain Trench, it is one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi River.

Published May 31, 2019

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Follow Lewis and Clark as a Citizen Scientist
Earth Matters

Follow Lewis and Clark as a Citizen Scientist

NASA and the National Park Service are encouraging the public to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark through a new citizen science challenge.

Published May 30, 2019 in Earth Matters

Food Crisis Grows from Dry Soils
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Food Crisis Grows from Dry Soils

Drought is apparent across much of East Africa after seasonal rains failed to deliver much moisture to the region.

Published May 30, 2019

Image of the Day Land Drought Remote Sensing

Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2019

Land Surface Temperature

Land surface temperatures rise and fall with the heat of the Sun, and they represent how hot or cold the surface would feel to touch. These maps show daytime land temperatures as measured from space.

Heat Land

Meet the 88S Expedition Crew
Notes from the Field

Meet the 88S Expedition Crew

This winter, our field team of four completed the two-week 88S Traverse in Antarctica in an effort to provide the best means of assessing NASA’s ICESat-2.

Published May 30, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Snow and Ice

Flooding Along the Arkansas River
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Flooding Along the Arkansas River

The Southern and Central United States have been drenched by rainstorms in the spring of 2019, leading to widespread flooding.

Published May 29, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Floods Human Presence Remote Sensing

Yes, It’s Really Cold
Notes from the Field

Yes, It’s Really Cold

We answer your frequently asked questions about ICESat-2’s Antarctic expedition.

Published May 28, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Snow and Ice

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

Blue Marble Next Generation
Article

Blue Marble Next Generation

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

Published Oct 13, 2005

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice

Record-Setting Precipitation Leaves U.S. Soils Soggy
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Record-Setting Precipitation Leaves U.S. Soils Soggy

The continental United States recently finished its wettest twelve months in 124 years of modern recordkeeping.

Published May 24, 2019

Image of the Day Water Floods Remote Sensing

Rare Filling of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre
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Rare Filling of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

Floodwaters have worked their way through a series of parched channels, watering holes, and lagoons to start filling the iconic Australian lake.

Published May 24, 2019

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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

Northern California Coastline
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Northern California Coastline

The climate of Humboldt County is persistently wet, with legendary fog that has helped the trees and the military.

Published May 24, 2019

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Deepest Lake in North America
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Deepest Lake in North America

Roughly the same size of Belgium, Canada’s Great Slave Lake runs nearly 2,000 feet deep.

Published May 23, 2019

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Deciphering the Maud Rise Polynya
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Deciphering the Maud Rise Polynya

Cyclonic winds help state-sized areas of sea ice go missing from the middle of the ice pack around Antarctica.

Published May 22, 2019

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A Bit Less Excelsior
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A Bit Less Excelsior

Over the past two decades, an Alaskan glacier has melted into a lake more than five times the size of Central Park.

Published May 21, 2019

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

May Puzzler
Earth Matters

May Puzzler

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

Published May 21, 2019 in Earth Matters

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2019

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly

These maps depict anomalies in land surface temperatures (LSTs); that is, how much hotter or cooler a region was compared to the long-term average. LST anomalies can indicate heat waves or cold spells.

Heat Land

Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Apr 2019

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

Dust Storm in Hokkaido
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Dust Storm in Hokkaido

Plumes of dried soil streamed from a rural area in the northern part of the Japanese island.

Published May 21, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Dust and Haze

Wildfires Threaten Northern Alberta
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Wildfires Threaten Northern Alberta

Some residents of High Level, Canada, were forced to evacuate in the face of a large and out-of-control wildfire that has started advancing toward the town.

Published May 20, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Fires Human Presence

20 Years of NASA Earth Observatory
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20 Years of NASA Earth Observatory

Our world is constantly changing. We have evolved with it.

Published May 7, 2019

Videos

EO On This Day
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EO On This Day

In honor of our 20th anniversary, we offer a selection of some of the most beautiful, newsworthy, interesting, and scientifically important images from the past 20 years — one for each day of the calendar year.

Published Apr 29, 2019

Atmosphere Heat Land Life Water Snow and Ice

The Wide View of a Shrinking Glacier: Retreat at Pine Island
Article

The Wide View of a Shrinking Glacier: Retreat at Pine Island

Pine Island Glacier is one of the fastest-retreating glaciers in Antarctica. This timeline highlights the most notable calving events of the past two decades.

Published Apr 9, 2019

Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Earth — A Photo-Essay
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Earth — A Photo-Essay

NASA has a unique vantage point for observing the beauty and wonder of Earth and for making sense of it. The images in this book tell a story of a 4.5-billion-year-old planet where there is always something new to see.

Published Feb 20, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

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