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Smoke Blankets British Columbia
The Abyss of Time
The Most Erosive Area on the Padma
Lake Van, Turkey
Image of the Day Aug 15, 2018

Smoke Blankets British Columbia

Hundreds of fires are burning in the Canadian province.

Winter in the Andes
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Winter in the Andes

Every austral winter in the central Andes, fresh snowfall covers and fills the gaps between mountaintops that have more permanent snow and ice.

Published Aug 11, 2018

Image of the Day Land Snow and Ice

A Boatload of Scientists Head Out to Sea
Earth Observatory Blogs

A Boatload of Scientists Head Out to Sea

Their plan: try to understand what happens to carbon as it sinks from the well-lit surface of the ocean down to the dimmer "twilight zone."

Published Aug 10, 2018 in Earth Matters

A Mid-winter Drought in Australia
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A Mid-winter Drought in Australia

Eastern Australia has been hit particularly hard by drought, taking a toll on the region’s soil moisture and agriculture.

Published Aug 10, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water Drought Human Presence Remote Sensing

Smoke Plumes Tower Over California
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Smoke Plumes Tower Over California

Several fires are spreading noxious gases and particles across the state—and to a lesser degree much of the country.

Published Aug 9, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Fires

Record Warm Waters off Southern California
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Record Warm Waters off Southern California

A layer of exceptionally warm surface water extended from Point Conception to the Baja California coast.

Published Aug 8, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Water Temperature Extremes

Typhoon Shanshan Approaches Japan
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Typhoon Shanshan Approaches Japan

A strong typhoon is projected to make landfall near Tokyo in August 2018, bringing rains to a country already hit by torrential flooding this summer.

Published Aug 7, 2018

Atmosphere Severe Storms

Total Rainfall
Global Maps Dec 1997 — Jul 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

Summertime Moroccan Dust Reaches Spain
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Summertime Moroccan Dust Reaches Spain

Lofting dust to altitudes above the clouds, a high-pressure system carried dust from Morocco to Spain.

Published Aug 7, 2018

Atmosphere Land Dust and Haze

Milky Blue Water Near Prince of Wales Island
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Milky Blue Water Near Prince of Wales Island

Warmer waters likely enabled a phytoplankton bloom to occur much later in the year than normal off the coast of Alaska and British Columbia.

Published Aug 6, 2018

Image of the Day Water Remote Sensing

Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jan 2000 — Jan 2017

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

Coastal Beauty in Northern Territory
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Coastal Beauty in Northern Territory

This northern part of Australia is sparsely populated but rich in national park and conservation land.

Published Aug 5, 2018

Image of the Day Land Life Water

Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex
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Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex

Almost a quarter of a million acres of land and more than a thousand homes have been consumed by three wildfires in Northern California.

Published Aug 4, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Land Fires Human Presence

Rock and Ice in Northern Greenland
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Rock and Ice in Northern Greenland

Fjords wind between icy, rocky islands and peninsulas, and connect inland areas to an ice-choked ocean.

Published Aug 3, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water

Taking Stock of the World’s Sandy Beaches
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Taking Stock of the World’s Sandy Beaches

Sandy beaches are growing in some parts of the world and shrinking quickly in others, including one-third of marine protected areas.

Published Aug 2, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

MISR Where on Earth #30
Earth Observatory Blogs

MISR Where on Earth #30

Published Aug 1, 2018 in Earth Matters

Sandy Shamal Season
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Sandy Shamal Season

Summer brings persistent northwest winds to the Arabian Peninsula—which often means skies full of dust and sand.

Published Aug 1, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water Dust and Haze

Wildfires Blanket Western States With Smoke
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Wildfires Blanket Western States With Smoke

California’s Carr Fire was one of 98 large, active fires delivering smoke across the United States in late July.

Published Jul 31, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Land Fires

The Perry Fire by Day and Night
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The Perry Fire by Day and Night

The fire was not the largest or most destructive in July 2018, but the position of its smoke allowed for a clear look at the progression of the burn.

Published Jul 30, 2018

Land Fires Human Presence Remote Sensing

Carbon Monoxide
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jan 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

Heatwave Turns Europe Brown
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Heatwave Turns Europe Brown

A persistent heatwave has been lingering over parts of Europe, setting record high temperatures and turning typically green landscapes to brown.

Published Jul 30, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Land Fires Human Presence Temperature Extremes

Sand Sea Margin, Namib Desert
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Sand Sea Margin, Namib Desert

In a land with little water, the wind does the landscaping most of the time. Ephemeral water leaves a mark, though.

Published Jul 29, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Land

In a River Delta Far, Far Away
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In a River Delta Far, Far Away

Tens of millions of small lakes dot frigid tundra landscapes in the Arctic—like the swampy Yana River Delta.

Published Jul 28, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water Snow and Ice

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Mar 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

Typhoon Jongdari
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Typhoon Jongdari

The typhoon was expected to make landfall on Japan on July 28, 2018, bringing possible flooding and landslides.

Published Jul 27, 2018

Land Water Severe Storms

Where to Place a Rainwater Harvesting System
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Where to Place a Rainwater Harvesting System

Water shortages in the Middle East lead to sanitation issues in schools, resulting in periodic school closures. NASA is working to change that.

Published Jul 27, 2018

Image of the Day Land Life Water Human Presence Remote Sensing

There Goes the Ice
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There Goes the Ice

Sea ice can linger on Hudson Bay into the summer, but it is usually gone by mid-August.

Published Jul 26, 2018

Image of the Day Water Unique Imagery Snow and Ice Sea and Lake Ice

Rain Swamps the Mid-Atlantic
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Rain Swamps the Mid-Atlantic

A dip in the jet stream pulled moist, tropical air from the Caribbean to the Eastern Seaboard and triggered several days of intense rains.

Published Jul 25, 2018

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

Water Vapor
Global Maps Jun 2002 — Mar 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

July Puzzler
Earth Observatory Blogs

July Puzzler

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

Published Jul 24, 2018 in Earth Matters

Iceberg Towers over Innaarsuit
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Iceberg Towers over Innaarsuit

In July 2018, an iceberg weighing at least 10 million tons parked just offshore of a small island village in northwestern Greenland.

Published Jul 24, 2018

Image of the Day Unique Imagery Snow and Ice

Summer Blooms in the Baltic and Barents
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Summer Blooms in the Baltic and Barents

Phytoplankton and blue-green algae blooms off of Scandinavia seem to be particularly intense this summer.

Published Jul 23, 2018

Image of the Day Water Remote Sensing Water Color

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

Spruce Beetles and Shrubberies
Earth Observatory Blogs

Spruce Beetles and Shrubberies

Published Jul 22, 2018 in Notes From the Field

Fires in Manitoba and Northern Ontario
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Fires in Manitoba and Northern Ontario

Lightning sparked nearly 400 new fires in Canada this week.

Published Jul 22, 2018

Heat Land Fires Human Presence

Scarcely Seen Scandinavian Fires
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Scarcely Seen Scandinavian Fires

Record-breaking hot and dry conditions have spurred historic wildfire outbreaks in far northern Europe and within the Arctic circle.

Published Jul 21, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Fires Human Presence Temperature Extremes

The Trouble with Climate Feedbacks
Earth Observatory Blogs

The Trouble with Climate Feedbacks

A posthumous plea for more satellite observations of carbon arrived this week from astronaut and scientist Piers Sellers.

Published Jul 19, 2018 in Earth Matters

Remarkable Images of the Kilauea Eruption You May Have Missed
Earth Observatory Blogs

Remarkable Images of the Kilauea Eruption You May Have Missed

More data and imagery of the eruption is flowing in than Earth Observatory can cover, but here are a few striking images that we would be remiss not to share.

Published Jul 17, 2018 in Earth Matters

Spruce Beetles in Alaska
Earth Observatory Blogs

Spruce Beetles in Alaska

This summer, scientists headed to south-central Alaska to collect airborne and ground-based data on the ongoing spruce beetle outbreak.

Published Jul 16, 2018 in Notes From the Field

Patriotic Places from Orbit
Article

Patriotic Places from Orbit

On July 4, United States citizens celebrate the nation’s independence. EO does the same by visiting five places with historical significance.

Published Jul 3, 2018

Land Videos

Kilauea From Orbit
Article

Kilauea From Orbit

In early May 2018, an eruption on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano began to unfold. Here’s what satellites saw in the first few weeks of the eruption.

Published Jun 13, 2018

Atmosphere Land Videos

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Jan 2000 — Mar 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

April 2018 Highlights
Article

April 2018 Highlights

Astronauts regularly shoot photographs of their earthly home. In celebration of National Astronaut Day, NASA Earth Observatory presents some recent eye-catchers from the International Space Station.

Published May 4, 2018

Land Water Snow and Ice Videos

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

March 2018 Highlights
Article

March 2018 Highlights

In March 2018, NASA Earth Observatory published satellite images, maps, and data visualizations as "Image of the Day." Here are five of our favorites.

Published Apr 9, 2018

Land Water Videos

Melting Beauty: The Icefields of Patagonia
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Melting Beauty: The Icefields of Patagonia

The Patagonian icefields stretch for hundreds of kilometers atop the Andes mountain range in South America. Change here is rapid, as the icefields are melting away at some of the highest rates on the planet.

Published Mar 27, 2018

Snow and Ice

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