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Cameron Ridge
A Bloom of Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria
South Pacific Swirl
Drought Exacerbates Australian Fires
Image of the Day Sep 17, 2019

Cameron Ridge

Get a close-up look at enormous wind turbines along this short segment of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Cleaning Up Our Air
EO Kids

Cleaning Up Our Air

Take a breath of fresh air. Learn how the air we breathe has become cleaner in the latest issue of EOKids, Cleaning Up Our Air

Published Sep 17, 2019 in EO Kids

Atmosphere Human Presence

Marine Heat Wave Returns to the Northeast Pacific
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Marine Heat Wave Returns to the Northeast Pacific

The warm surface water this summer was caused by an unusual and persistent weather pattern.

Published Sep 12, 2019

Image of the Day Heat Life Water Remote Sensing

Floods Swamp Sudan
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Floods Swamp Sudan

After a wet August, floodwaters inundated villages, pastures, and croplands.

Published Sep 11, 2019

Image of the Day Floods Remote Sensing

In the Wake of Hurricane Dorian
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In the Wake of Hurricane Dorian

The storm left a path of destruction from the Caribbean to the Canadian Maritimes.

Published Sep 9, 2019

Image of the Day Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Circling the Serengeti
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Circling the Serengeti

These African plains host the largest natural animal migration in the world.

Published Sep 6, 2019

Image of the Day Land

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Jun 2019

Aerosol Optical Depth

Airborne aerosols can cause or prevent cloud formation and harm human health. These maps depict aerosol concentrations in the air based on how the tiny particles reflect or absorb visible and infrared light.

Atmosphere

Typhoon Lingling Heads Towards the Koreas
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Typhoon Lingling Heads Towards the Koreas

Typhoon Lingling is the thirteenth tropical cyclone in the North Pacific this year.

Published Sep 6, 2019

Image of the Day Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Punta Banda, Baja California
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Punta Banda, Baja California

Fishing is an integral part of the economy for this region, which also attracts whales and tourists.

Published Sep 6, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Malaspina on the Move
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Malaspina on the Move

More than 30 years of ice velocity data are helping scientists tease out how mountain glaciers respond to climate change.

Published Sep 6, 2019

Image of the Day Heat Land Snow and Ice 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

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

Dorian Reaches South Carolina
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Dorian Reaches South Carolina

Power outages piled up in Charleston County as the storm raged just offshore.

Published Sep 5, 2019

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

Waiting for Balloon Weather
Notes from the Field

Waiting for Balloon Weather

Daily weather briefings give rhythm to otherwise irregular days filled with launch attempts and instrument tests.

Published Sep 5, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Earth at Night
Article

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

Turbulent Tropical Skies
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Turbulent Tropical Skies

In early September 2019, a loose chain of tropical cyclones lined up across the Western Hemisphere.

Published Sep 4, 2019

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

A Devastating Stall by Hurricane Dorian
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A Devastating Stall by Hurricane Dorian

A remarkable slowdown led to a prolonged lashing from winds, waves, and rain that devastated Grand Bahama Island.

Published Sep 4, 2019

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

Hurricane Dorian Nears U.S. Southeast
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Hurricane Dorian Nears U.S. Southeast

After slamming the Bahamas, the storm will approach Florida first in the coming days.

Published Sep 3, 2019

Severe Storms Remote Sensing

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

Hurricane Dorian Pounds the Bahamas
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Hurricane Dorian Pounds the Bahamas

The powerful hurricane is believed to be the strongest on record to hit the northwestern Bahamas.

Published Sep 1, 2019

Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Dorian Moves Over Storm-Fueling Waters
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Dorian Moves Over Storm-Fueling Waters

Heading into Labor Day weekend, citizens and government officials braced for a potent hurricane that has been intensifying in the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Published Aug 30, 2019

Image of the Day Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Mount Rainier
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Mount Rainier

The tallest mountain of the Cascade Range is a Pacific Northwest icon.

Published Aug 30, 2019

Image of the Day Land Snow and Ice

Rising Global Temperatures Influence California’s Fire Season
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Rising Global Temperatures Influence California’s Fire Season

A recent study shows that the state has experienced a fivefold increase in annual burned area since 1972.

Published Aug 30, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

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

Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Jun 2019

Snow Cover

Snow and ice influence 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

Laboring in Pullman
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Laboring in Pullman

The Chicago neighborhood was the epicenter of a railroad strike that played a key role in the establishment of Labor Day as a federal holiday.

Published Aug 30, 2019

Image of the Day Human Presence

The Smoke that Thunders
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The Smoke that Thunders

Although not the highest or longest falls in the world, Victoria Falls is the world’s largest sheet of falling water.

Published Aug 29, 2019

Image of the Day Land

Hurricane Dorian in the Tropical Atlantic
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Hurricane Dorian in the Tropical Atlantic

After brushing past Puerto Rico, the storm began intensifying over open waters.

Published Aug 29, 2019

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms Human Presence Remote Sensing

Seasonal Fires are Burning in Angola
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Seasonal Fires are Burning in Angola

Fire season peaks every August in some parts of southern Africa.

Published Aug 29, 2019

Image of the Day Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Nearing the Limit of Retreat
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Nearing the Limit of Retreat

One branch of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier seems to have retreated as far as it can, while the other still has some distance to go.

Published Aug 28, 2019

Image of the Day Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Apr 2019

Net Radiation

Net radiation is the balance between incoming and outgoing energy at the top of the atmosphere. It is the total energy available to influence climate after light and heat are reflected, absorbed, or emitted by clouds and land.

Heat

Fire Burns in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil
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Fire Burns in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil

Since the beginning of August 2019, NASA satellites have observed fires burning near the border of Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil.

Published Aug 27, 2019

Heat Land Fires Human Presence Remote Sensing

Final Field Days in Batamay, Northeast Siberia
Notes from the Field

Final Field Days in Batamay, Northeast Siberia

A data shortage in the large swaths of larch forests in Northeast Siberia is a prime reason why we wanted to come here.

Published Aug 27, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Heat

Canadian Canola Fields
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Canadian Canola Fields

Vast tracts of the prairie turn yellow in the summer when this oil-rich crop blooms.

Published Aug 26, 2019

Image of the Day Land

Uptick in Amazon Fire Activity in 2019
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Uptick in Amazon Fire Activity in 2019

Satellites have detected an increase in fire activity early in the 2019 dry season in the southern Amazon.

Published Aug 23, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Fires Human Presence Remote Sensing

How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies
Article

How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies

What do you do when presented with a new satellite image? Here's what the Earth Observatory team does to understand the view.

Published Nov 18, 2013

Remote Sensing

Landmarks of the Pacific Crest Trail
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Landmarks of the Pacific Crest Trail

Sample some of the most notable locations along the long-distance trail.

Published Aug 23, 2019

Image of the Day Land

Please Keep Your Arms, Legs, and Cryogens Inside the Gondola at All Times
Notes from the Field

Please Keep Your Arms, Legs, and Cryogens Inside the Gondola at All Times

The BOBCAT mission is testing a cool, new type of cryogenic liquid containment system for balloon-borne telescopes.

Published Aug 23, 2019 in Notes From the Field

The First “Planned” City in India
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The First “Planned” City in India

There were few Indian rulers as passionate about architecture as Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur.

Published Aug 23, 2019

Image of the Day Human Presence

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Jun 2002 — Sep 2011

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly

These maps depict how much hotter or cooler an ocean basin was compared to the long-term average. Temperature anomalies can indicate changes in ocean circulation or the arrival of patterns like El Niño and La Niña.

Heat Water

August Puzzler
Earth Matters

August Puzzler

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

Published Aug 19, 2019 in Earth Matters

Trailing the Pacific Crest from Space
Article

Trailing the Pacific Crest from Space

There is no award for completing the hike from Mexico to Canada through the western United States. But it is clear from the ground and space that the journey through 48 wilderness areas and demanding terrain will change you.

Published Aug 1, 2019

Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

EO On This Day
Article

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 Jun 19, 2019

Atmosphere Heat Land Life Water Snow and Ice

Earth: A Photo e-Book from NASA
Article

Earth: A Photo e-Book from NASA

Swirling white clouds, deep blue oceans, and multicolored landscapes come to life on the pages of NASA’s new photo essay Earth, a collection of dramatic images captured by satellites.

Published Jun 4, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Videos

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

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