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A Raft of Rock
Sampling the Castle Fire
Building a Long-Term Record of Fire
Fire Races Across Gran Canaria
Image of the Day Aug 23, 2019

A Raft of Rock

Volcanoes have a lot of dramatic ways to announce their presence. One of the more subtle and rarely observed displays is the pumice raft.

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

Tawny Swirls in the Kara Sea
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Tawny Swirls in the Kara Sea

Freshwater from the Yenisei River, stained brown with organic materials, mixes with Arctic seawater off the coast of Russia.

Published Aug 16, 2019

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The Cape of Good Hope
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The Cape of Good Hope

Originally named the Cape of Storms, it was later renamed to Good Hope in order to attract more people to the Cape Sea Route.

Published Aug 16, 2019

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Nighttime Swirls
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Nighttime Swirls

A common cloud pattern, known as von Kármán vortices, makes an appearance at night.

Published Aug 16, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Remote Sensing

Nothing but Blue Skies Are All That I See
Notes from the Field

Nothing but Blue Skies Are All That I See

The science team gears up for a balloon launch from Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

Published Aug 16, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Eerie Blooms in Lake Erie
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Eerie Blooms in Lake Erie

In July 2019, a severe toxic algal bloom began spreading over the western basin of Lake Erie.

Published Aug 14, 2019

Image of the Day Water Human Presence Remote Sensing Water Color

Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jun 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

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

Heavy Monsoon Rains Flood South Asia
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Heavy Monsoon Rains Flood South Asia

Western India and Burma (Myanmar) suffered through dramatic flooding and landslides in early August 2019.

Published Aug 14, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Drought Floods Severe Storms Human Presence Remote Sensing Temperature Extremes

Watching Wildfires from Space
EO Kids

Watching Wildfires from Space

Satellites observe and track fires (and what they leave behind) across the world.

Published Aug 14, 2019 in EO Kids

A Potent Cold Snap for Australia
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A Potent Cold Snap for Australia

A succession of cold air masses blew in from Antarctica, leading to icy roads and measurable snowfall across parts of New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland.

Published Aug 13, 2019

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Earth’s Mightiest Balloons
Notes from the Field

Earth’s Mightiest Balloons

NASA balloons carry world class telescopes, cosmic ray detectors, and Earth science instruments.

Published Aug 13, 2019 in Notes From the Field

A Misty Morning in the Mountains
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A Misty Morning in the Mountains

A glorious winter morning view greeted astronauts as they passed over the rugged peaks of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca.

Published Aug 9, 2019

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Typhoon Lekima Nears China
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Typhoon Lekima Nears China

Twin typhoons continued to churn across the Western Pacific Ocean, threatening East Asian countries with destructive winds and rain.

Published Aug 9, 2019

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Flying through a Fire Cloud
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Flying through a Fire Cloud

A rare flight through a thunderstorm triggered by a wildfire has atmospheric scientists buzzing.

Published Aug 9, 2019

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Okjökull Remembered
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Okjökull Remembered

The glacier atop Iceland’s Ok volcano was declared dead in 2014. Satellite images show the latter stages of its decline.

Published Aug 8, 2019

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Heightened Activity at Shishaldin Volcano
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Heightened Activity at Shishaldin Volcano

It is common for the Alaskan volcano to vent steam and gas, but the summit crater was warmer than usual in July.

Published Aug 8, 2019

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A New Global Fire Atlas
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A New Global Fire Atlas

The satellite-based atlas includes information about more than 13 million fires.

Published Aug 7, 2019

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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

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 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

Fire
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Jun 2019

Fire

Whether started by humans (farming, logging, or accidents) or by nature (lightning), fires are always burning somewhere on Earth. These maps show the locations of fires burning around the world each month.

Land

Typhoon Lekima and Tropical Storm Krosa
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Typhoon Lekima and Tropical Storm Krosa

Dual storms marched across the Western Pacific Ocean in early August 2019.

Published Aug 7, 2019

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

New Map Shows Risk of Sunburn Across the U.S.
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New Map Shows Risk of Sunburn Across the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is using NASA data to help the public better understand their UV exposure.

Published Aug 6, 2019

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Iceland’s Raging Rivers
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Iceland’s Raging Rivers

In a country rich with compelling geologic phenomena, even the rivers are connected to the landscape of fire and ice.

Published Aug 5, 2019

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Wide Wildwood Beaches
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Wide Wildwood Beaches

For many people, there is great joy and good summer business to be found on the widest beach in New Jersey and one of the widest on any coast.

Published Aug 2, 2019

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Dreaming in the Mojave Desert
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Dreaming in the Mojave Desert

The big dreams of a 1960s real estate developer have not materialized, but that has not stopped California City from pushing forward.

Published Aug 2, 2019

Image of the Day Human Presence

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

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

The St. Louis Hub
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The St. Louis Hub

Roads, railways, and a mighty river meet in this longtime trading hub of the central United States.

Published Aug 2, 2019

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Warm Weather Brings Major Melting to Greenland
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Warm Weather Brings Major Melting to Greenland

Melting was provoked by a bubble of warm air that moved over Greenland after delivering unseasonably warm temperatures to Europe.

Published Aug 1, 2019

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Arctic Fires Fill the Skies with Soot
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Arctic Fires Fill the Skies with Soot

Fires in Alaska, Siberia, and Greenland have emitted large amounts of black carbon this summer.

Published Jul 31, 2019

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Getting Saltier
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Getting Saltier

As water levels drop in the Dead Sea, salt is piling up on the lakebed.

Published Jul 30, 2019

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How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies
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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

South Africa’s Largest Open-Pit Mine
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South Africa’s Largest Open-Pit Mine

The pit near Phalaborwa and Kruger National Park is the most visible sign of a long history of mining in the region.

Published Jul 29, 2019

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

Kick-off of Fire Expedition Siberia 2019
Notes from the Field

Kick-off of Fire Expedition Siberia 2019

Researchers gathered in the western part of the Siberian boreal forest, where they collected the tree-ring data needed to reconstruct the area's fire history.

Published Jul 29, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Heat

The Ups and Downs of Crater Lake
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The Ups and Downs of Crater Lake

Elevation data show the distinct topography of Mount Mazama and the crater lake that fills its caldera.

Published Jul 26, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Remote Sensing

A Second Scorching Heatwave in Europe
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A Second Scorching Heatwave in Europe

One month after experiencing record-breaking temperatures, Europe again is sweltering under a heatwave. And this one is more intense.

Published Jul 26, 2019

Image of the Day Heat Land Human Presence Remote Sensing Temperature Extremes

Water Cycle is Speeding Up Over Much of the U.S.
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Water Cycle is Speeding Up Over Much of the U.S.

Scientists have developed a new way to measure water cycle intensity over time.

Published Jul 25, 2019

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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 Jun 19, 2019

Atmosphere Heat Land Life Water Snow and Ice

Earth: A Photo e-Book from NASA
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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

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

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
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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