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Watercolor Painting of Water Colors
Snow over Antarctica Buffered Sea Level Rise
O Christmas Tree! from Space
All of You on the Good Earth
Image of the Day Dec 27, 2018

Watercolor Painting of Water Colors

A colorful image of the Arabian Sea shows the various types of activities occurring in the waters.

Summer Bloom in the Argentine Sea
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Summer Bloom in the Argentine Sea

The milky green and blue phytoplankton developed where warmer, saltier coastal waters from the subtropics meet colder, fresher waters flowing from the south.

Published Dec 21, 2018

Image of the Day Life Water Remote Sensing

We Made it to Antarctica
Notes from the Field

We Made it to Antarctica

Stepping off the airplane onto the ice runway for the first time is a breath-taking experience.

Published Dec 20, 2018 in Notes From the Field

Snow and Ice

The Tallest Point in Niger
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The Tallest Point in Niger

The Aïr Mountains stand out, aesthetically and geologically, from the surrounding low-lying plains to support unique wildlife.

Published Dec 20, 2018

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Soggy 2018 for the Eastern U.S.
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Soggy 2018 for the Eastern U.S.

See where shallow groundwater has responded to the unusually wet conditions this year.

Published Dec 19, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Human Presence

Time to Conduct Another 88S Traverse
Notes from the Field

Time to Conduct Another 88S Traverse

We have made it to Antarctica for a second straight year, in support of NASA’s ICESat-2.

Published Dec 19, 2018 in Notes From the Field

Snow and Ice

A Spacecraft's Journey to the Space Station
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A Spacecraft's Journey to the Space Station

As NASA's latest care package heads toward the International Space Station, it traveled over beautiful Earth landscapes—from scenic snowscapes to desolate deserts.

Published Dec 19, 2018

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

Lilongwe and Landsat Grew Up Together
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Lilongwe and Landsat Grew Up Together

A fishing town became a bustling city after Malawi’s president moved the capital there.

Published Dec 18, 2018

Image of the Day Human Presence

Mission: Biomes
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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

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

Thick and Thin Ice in the Weddell Sea
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Thick and Thin Ice in the Weddell Sea

New elevation measurements will give researchers an unprecedented understanding of the thickness of sea ice, which will be used to help improve climate modeling and forecasts.

Published Dec 17, 2018

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Agriculture in Egypt’s Western Desert
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Agriculture in Egypt’s Western Desert

Pioneering agricultural projects were planned to encourage people to leave the very heavily populated Nile Delta and to seek economic opportunities in the desert.

Published Dec 15, 2018

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The Carbon Cycle
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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

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Nov 2018

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

Toward Mapping the Atmosphere’s Escape from Earth
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Toward Mapping the Atmosphere’s Escape from Earth

A pair of sounding rockets took aim at the aurora over Svalbard, Norway, to help scientists understand how Earth loses oxygen into space.

Published Dec 14, 2018

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Beautiful Cuba
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Beautiful Cuba

Civilization’s footprint on this Caribbean island has been relatively light.

Published Dec 14, 2018

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Ice Loss Slows Down Asian Glaciers
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Ice Loss Slows Down Asian Glaciers

Melting and thinning of high-mountain glaciers makes them flow less due to gravity.

Published Dec 13, 2018

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Night Lights Show Slow Recovery from Maria
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Night Lights Show Slow Recovery from Maria

The hurricane took a disproportionate toll on power supplies in remote areas of Puerto Rico.

Published Dec 12, 2018

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Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2018

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

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

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

Taking Measure of Antarctic Terrain
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Taking Measure of Antarctic Terrain

New elevation measurements span the continent’s icy surfaces, from the flat Ross Ice Shelf to the rugged Transantarctic Mountains.

Published Dec 11, 2018

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More Glaciers in East Antarctica Are Waking Up
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More Glaciers in East Antarctica Are Waking Up

Satellites detect changes in the height and velocity of ice in an area that was thought to be relatively stable and quiet.

Published Dec 10, 2018

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Detergent-like Molecule Recycles Itself in Atmosphere
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Detergent-like Molecule Recycles Itself in Atmosphere

Hydroxyl radicals are critical for offsetting concentrations of methane in the air.

Published Dec 7, 2018

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

The Seasonal Rhythms of Ammonia
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The Seasonal Rhythms of Ammonia

Farms and feedlots are a key source of the pollutant.

Published Dec 7, 2018

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An Astronaut’s View of the Himalayas
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An Astronaut’s View of the Himalayas

The peaks of these mountains are a dramatic expression of massive tectonic forces pushing continents together.

Published Dec 7, 2018

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An Island Disappears
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An Island Disappears

A powerful hurricane wiped away a remote island in the Hawaiian chain.

Published Dec 6, 2018

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Chilly November in North America
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Chilly November in North America

It was cold across the eastern part of North America, but the opposite was true in other parts of the world.

Published Dec 5, 2018

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

Water Vapor
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Nov 2018

Water Vapor

These maps show the average amount of water vapor in a column of atmosphere by month. Water vapor is the key precursor for rain and snow and one of the most important greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Atmosphere

Cyclone Effects Run Deep
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Cyclone Effects Run Deep

Hurricanes and typhoons cause vast amounts of heat to sink into the sea, which might have implications for seasonal and long-term climate.

Published Dec 4, 2018

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Winter Arrives in the Sierra Nevada
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Winter Arrives in the Sierra Nevada

As November 2018 came to a close, mountain areas saw their first significant snowfall of the season.

Published Dec 3, 2018

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Crater Lurks Beneath the Ice
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Crater Lurks Beneath the Ice

The Hiawatha Impact Crater in northwest Greenland was detected through some creative detective work and innovative instruments that can see through the ice.

Published Nov 30, 2018

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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

The Smoking Terror
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The Smoking Terror

Momotombo in western Nicaragua is an active stratovolcano and a source of renewable energy.

Published Nov 30, 2018

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Icescapes of the Anzhu Islands
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Icescapes of the Anzhu Islands

June is a time of transition around the New Siberian Islands as snowmelt uncovers the sea ice and gives way to bare land.

Published Nov 30, 2018

Image of the Day Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Nov 2018

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

Snow Across the Midwest
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Snow Across the Midwest

A November blizzard snarled transportation and disrupted power across a wide area.

Published Nov 28, 2018

Atmosphere Severe Storms

Ash Over the Gulf of Alaska
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Ash Over the Gulf of Alaska

During a recent bout of activity, Veniaminof volcano rumbled and spit out ash, lava, and volcanic gases.

Published Nov 28, 2018

Atmosphere Volcanoes

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
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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

Padma River: The Shape of Erosion
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Padma River: The Shape of Erosion

From 1988 to the present, Landsat satellites have seen changes in shape, size, and position of the Padma River in Bangladesh. View the river's transformations over the past three decades.

Published Aug 21, 2018

Land Water

World of Change: Padma River
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World of Change: Padma River

One of the major rivers of Bangladesh has been growing in size, transforming in shape, and changing in location for decades. Each twist and zigzag of the river tells a different geologic story about the power of erosion.

Published Jul 31, 2018

Land Water Remote Sensing World of Change