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Guinea-Bissau, the Sahel, and the Sahara Desert
Ash and Snow at Shiveluch
Tracking Peruvian Forest Loss from Space
Lake Aculeo Dries Up
Image of the Day Apr 21, 2019

Guinea-Bissau, the Sahel, and the Sahara Desert

From space station altitude, astronauts can see several different climate zones in a single view.

Picture Earth for Earth Day
Earth Matters

Picture Earth for Earth Day

NASA studies Earth as part of its mission. We invite you to celebrate the planet in the #PictureEarth social media event.

Published Apr 18, 2019 in Earth Matters

Greening Up Globally: Forests and Farms
EO Kids

Greening Up Globally: Forests and Farms

EO Kids is seeing green! Can people really change the color of our planet? Find out how Earth is greening up from forests and farms and how NASA can see our greener Earth from space.

Published Apr 17, 2019 in EO Kids

Human Presence Land Life

Landsat 7 Turns 20
Earth Matters

Landsat 7 Turns 20

If we travel two decades back in time and rewind the 4.73 billion kilometers that the satellite has flown since April 1999, we arrive at a very different moment in spaced-based Earth observation.

Published Apr 16, 2019 in Earth Matters

Melting on Lake Balkhash
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Melting on Lake Balkhash

The break up of lake ice in springtime unveils the turquoise waters of one of Asia’s largest lakes.

Published Apr 16, 2019

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

Another Blizzard Wallops the Upper Midwest
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Another Blizzard Wallops the Upper Midwest

South Dakota was one of the hardest hit states.

Published Apr 15, 2019

Image of the Day Severe Storms Snow and Ice

Salt Flats, Mountains, and Moisture
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Salt Flats, Mountains, and Moisture

High altitudes in the Andes beget salt flats and rain shadows along the border of Chile and Bolivia.

Published Apr 12, 2019

Image of the Day Land

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

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

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

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

Return of the GEDI’s First Data
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Return of the GEDI’s First Data

Spaceborne laser observations show fine details of forests and land topography.

Published Apr 12, 2019

Image of the Day Land Remote Sensing

Unhealthy Smoke Over Thailand
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Unhealthy Smoke Over Thailand

Wildfires and agricultural burning have produced thick haze for the past month.

Published Apr 12, 2019

Atmosphere Land Fires Human Presence Remote Sensing

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

Storm System Stirs Up Dust
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Storm System Stirs Up Dust

Powerful winds lofted massive amounts of dust over parts of Texas and New Mexico.

Published Apr 11, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Dust and Haze Remote Sensing

Warm Winds Trigger Melting in Antarctica
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Warm Winds Trigger Melting in Antarctica

Unusual late-season events could produce long-term changes to the snowpack on the Larsen C ice shelf.

Published Apr 11, 2019

Image of the Day Unique Imagery Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Sizing Up the Carbon Footprint of Cities
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Sizing Up the Carbon Footprint of Cities

Large and wealthy cities have the biggest carbon footprints.

Published Apr 10, 2019

Image of the Day Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

A Super View of a Super Bloom
Earth Matters

A Super View of a Super Bloom

NASA Armstrong's aerial photographer took some beautiful pictures of the wildflower super bloom in California.

Published Apr 10, 2019 in Earth Matters

A Fire Surrounded by Ice
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A Fire Surrounded by Ice

The Landsat 8 satellite acquired a scene of contrasts in Siberia.

Published Apr 9, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Fires

Earth Observation in the Palm of Your Hand
Earth Matters

Earth Observation in the Palm of Your Hand

Join in a citizen science effort to observe, report, and remove mosquito breeding sites in your community.

Published Apr 8, 2019 in Earth Matters

Alaska Hit With a Hot March
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Alaska Hit With a Hot March

The state jumped from mid-winter right into late spring, setting monthly temperature records in many cities and towns.

Published Apr 8, 2019

Image of the Day Heat

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

Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Nov 2018

Sea Surface Temperature

Ocean temperatures can influence weather, such as hurricane formation, and climate patterns, such as El Niño. These maps show the temperature at the surface of the world’s seas and oceans.

Heat Water

A Surprising Surge at Vavilov Ice Cap
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A Surprising Surge at Vavilov Ice Cap

An outlet glacier in the Russian High Arctic has scientists rethinking how rapidly glaciers in cold, dry areas can move.

Published Apr 5, 2019

Image of the Day Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Floods Ravage Iran and Iraq
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Floods Ravage Iran and Iraq

Though the end of winter and start of spring have brought seasonal floods here since ancient times, this spring has been severe in some areas of Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Afghanistan.

Published Apr 5, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Remote Sensing

Coal and Cattle in Southern Queensland
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Coal and Cattle in Southern Queensland

The Surat Basin has 150 million-year-old sediments, four billion tons of proven thermal coal resources, and a bunch of cows.

Published Apr 5, 2019

Image of the Day Human Presence

Salin Aigues-Mortes
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Salin Aigues-Mortes

The salt produced from tidal marshes in southern France is the product of ideal climate conditions and careful management.

Published Apr 3, 2019

Image of the Day Water

A Bloom after the Storm
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A Bloom after the Storm

Tropical cyclone Veronica appears to have stirred up swirls of phytoplankton.

Published Apr 3, 2019

Image of the Day Water Remote Sensing Water Color

A Surge of Blue and Green in Australia
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A Surge of Blue and Green in Australia

Big rain events in Queensland can alter the landscape for months as water—and then a carpet of vegetation—moves toward Lake Eyre.

Published Apr 2, 2019

Image of the Day Land

History on a Hill
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History on a Hill

Erbil Citadel is possibly the oldest continuously occupied human settlement on Earth.

Published Apr 1, 2019

Image of the Day Human Presence

Länta Glacier: Small and Getting Smaller
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Länta Glacier: Small and Getting Smaller

Like many glaciers around the world, this glacier in the Swiss Alps is shrinking.

Published Mar 29, 2019

Image of the Day Land

Dazzling Spring Aurora over Hudson Bay
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Dazzling Spring Aurora over Hudson Bay

A stunning aurora appeared over Hudson Bay in March, historically the most geomagnetically active month.

Published Mar 29, 2019

Atmosphere Unique Imagery

Snow and Sand in Central Asia
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Snow and Sand in Central Asia

Spring melting of snow and ice in the Tien Shan offers an essential source of fresh water in an otherwise dry region.

Published Mar 29, 2019

Image of the Day Land

Understanding Evacuation Patterns with Social Media
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Understanding Evacuation Patterns with Social Media

Researchers are using Facebook data to observe population movements during disasters.

Published Mar 28, 2019

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

A Clear Spring View of the Great Lakes
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A Clear Spring View of the Great Lakes

The spring thaw is underway in the Great Lakes region of North America.

Published Mar 27, 2019

Land Water Severe Storms

Darkness in the Wake of Idai
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Darkness in the Wake of Idai

The powerful storm knocked out power across Mozambique's second-largest port city.

Published Mar 26, 2019

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

Floods and Landslides in Chimanimani
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Floods and Landslides in Chimanimani

Widespread changes appeared across Zimbabwe’s landscape after Tropical Cyclone Idai swamped some areas with intense rainfall.

Published Mar 25, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Severe Storms Human Presence

The Mississippi and Missouri are Badly Swollen
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The Mississippi and Missouri are Badly Swollen

At least 200 gauges along the waterways of the Central United States reported some level of flooding.

Published Mar 23, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Floods 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

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

Shrinking Aral Sea
Article

Shrinking Aral Sea

Once the fourth-largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea has been slowly disappearing since the 1960s. View how the lake has shrunk over the past few decades.

Published Dec 5, 2018

Land Water Videos

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

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
Article

Autumn Around the World

Here are eight places on Earth where the fall foliage wowed us.

Published Oct 23, 2018

Land Remote Sensing

Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Nov 2018

Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is used by algae and other phytoplankton--the grass of the sea--to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into sugars. These maps show chlorophyll concentrations in the ocean, revealing where phytoplankton are thriving.

Life Water