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Phenomenal Faults and Folds
ECOSTRESS Sees Plants Waking Up
Dust Blankets the Canary Islands
The Land of Ten Thousand Temples
Image of the Day Feb 27, 2020

Phenomenal Faults and Folds

The striking patterns in northeastern Canada’s flood basalts tell a story of continental collisions that played out almost two billion years ago.

Phenomenal Faults and Folds
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Phenomenal Faults and Folds

The striking patterns in northeastern Canada’s flood basalts tell a story of continental collisions that played out almost two billion years ago.

Published Feb 26, 2020

Image of the Day Land Remote Sensing

ECOSTRESS Sees Plants Waking Up
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ECOSTRESS Sees Plants Waking Up

An instrument on the International Space Station observed vegetation beginning to stir on summer mornings near Lake Superior.

Published Feb 25, 2020

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

Dust Blankets the Canary Islands
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Dust Blankets the Canary Islands

Flights were grounded as visibility was severely hampered by a Calima event.

Published Feb 24, 2020

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The Land of Ten Thousand Temples
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The Land of Ten Thousand Temples

One of the most impressive archeological sites in Asia, Bagan is a key center for historic Buddhist culture.

Published Feb 21, 2020

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Reservoirs, Bends, and Canyons on the Colorado Plateau
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Reservoirs, Bends, and Canyons on the Colorado Plateau

Ancient geologic features and modern creations share the spotlight in this photo of southeastern Utah and northern Arizona taken from the ISS.

Published Feb 21, 2020

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Antarctica Melts Under Its Hottest Days on Record
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Antarctica Melts Under Its Hottest Days on Record

Ice caps and glaciers felt the heat as temperatures reached 18.3°C (64.9°F).

Published Feb 20, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Great Lakes, Not so Great Ice
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Great Lakes, Not so Great Ice

Warm air prevailed in the 2019-2020 winter season, preventing much ice from forming on the lakes.

Published Feb 19, 2020

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Rivers Are Getting Less Icy
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Rivers Are Getting Less Icy

The window of time available to make and use ice roads is closing.

Published Feb 18, 2020

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Remnants of an Ancient Lake
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Remnants of an Ancient Lake

The spits etched into a desert in Chad were actually formed thousands of years ago along the shores of a vast lake.

Published Feb 14, 2020

Image of the Day Land Water Remote Sensing

Drought Hits Thailand
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Drought Hits Thailand

A severe drought in Thailand is affecting agriculture and drinking water in the region.

Published Feb 14, 2020

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Nevado Sajama and Parinacota
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Nevado Sajama and Parinacota

This photograph highlights several snow- and ice-capped volcanoes as they cast early morning shadows over a mountainous region of Bolivia and Chile.

Published Feb 14, 2020

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Global Green Up Slows Warming
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Global Green Up Slows Warming

Scientists say the world would be even warmer if not for a surge in plant growth.

Published Feb 14, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Remote Sensing

Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Nov 2019

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

Extreme Rain Douses Fires, Causes Floods in Australia
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Extreme Rain Douses Fires, Causes Floods in Australia

A season of extremes in eastern Australia took another dramatic turn in mid-February 2020.

Published Feb 12, 2020

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Pine Island Glacier’s Newest Iceberg
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Pine Island Glacier’s Newest Iceberg

Iceberg B-49 calved from the Antarctic glacier in February 2020.

Published Feb 12, 2020

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Climate Change Could Trigger More Landslides in High Mountain Asia
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Climate Change Could Trigger More Landslides in High Mountain Asia

Warming temperatures will likely cause more intense rainfall, leading to increased landslide activity.

Published Feb 11, 2020

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Water Vapor
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Jan 2020

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

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jan 2020

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

A Clearer View of Hazy Skies
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A Clearer View of Hazy Skies

Industrialization has brought incredible societal advances and difficult pollution problems. From space, we can see skies clearing in some regions and darkening in others. The thin blue line of our atmosphere is still quite vulnerable.

Published Jun 24, 2014

Atmosphere 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

Another Berg from Pine Island Glacier
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Another Berg from Pine Island Glacier

Cracks that spread across the floating ice for months have finally spawned new icebergs.

Published Feb 11, 2020

Snow and Ice Remote Sensing Sea and Lake Ice

A Volcanic Potpourri
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A Volcanic Potpourri

Iceland is one of the few places where people can explore the Mid-Atlantic Ridge on dry land.

Published Feb 10, 2020

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Making Waves in the Andaman Sea
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Making Waves in the Andaman Sea

When tides, currents, and gravity move water masses over seafloor features, they can create wave actions within the ocean.

Published Feb 7, 2020

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Moisture Pummels the Pacific Northwest
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Moisture Pummels the Pacific Northwest

Following an exceptionally wet January, an atmospheric river carried even more moisture into the region in February.

Published Feb 7, 2020

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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

Maiella Massif, Italy
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Maiella Massif, Italy

Complicated tectonics elevated the high plateau from rock layers that were originally deposited millions of years ago at the bottom of the sea.

Published Feb 7, 2020

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Cloud Rosettes in the Sky
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Cloud Rosettes in the Sky

Actinoform clouds pop up off the western coast of Australia.

Published Feb 6, 2020

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Thwaites Glacier Transformed
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Thwaites Glacier Transformed

The amount of ice flowing from the Antarctic glacier has doubled in the span of three decades, and scientists think it could undergo even more dramatic changes in the near future.

Published Feb 5, 2020

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Dust Storm Sweeps Across Montana
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Dust Storm Sweeps Across Montana

A severe dust storm halted traffic and dropped visibility to zero.

Published Feb 5, 2020

Land Dust and Haze

Canada Lit by Aurora and Moonlight
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Canada Lit by Aurora and Moonlight

The waxing gibbous Moon and the snow and ice on the mountains and lakes give the landscape extra visual definition.

Published Feb 5, 2020

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Fire
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Dec 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

Winter Flooding on the Mississippi
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Winter Flooding on the Mississippi

Persistent rains and saturated soils across the watershed swelled the river to its banks and occasionally onto floodplains.

Published Feb 4, 2020

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February EO Satellite Puzzler
Earth Matters

February EO Satellite Puzzler

Every month we offer a puzzling satellite image. Your challenge is to tell us what we are looking at, where it is, and why it is interesting.

Published Feb 4, 2020 in Earth Matters

Local Agencies in Guyana to Monitor Mangroves in Face of a Changing Climate
Notes from the Field

Local Agencies in Guyana to Monitor Mangroves in Face of a Changing Climate

Monitoring mangroves in Guyana with Synthetic Aperture Radar.

Published Feb 4, 2020 in Notes From the Field

Polar Bears Struggle as Sea Ice Declines
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Polar Bears Struggle as Sea Ice Declines

A new study shows that polar bears are spending less time on sea ice, leading them to fast longer, become thinner and have fewer cubs.

Published Feb 3, 2020

Image of the Day Heat Land Life Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Australian Smoke Plume Sets Records
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Australian Smoke Plume Sets Records

Potent wildfires sent one of the largest plumes of smoke higher into the stratosphere than certain satellites have ever observed.

Published Jan 31, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Drought Fires Remote Sensing

Eddy Extravaganza off the Italian Coast
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Eddy Extravaganza off the Italian Coast

Natural-color satellite images can capture art-like beauty when sediments trace water currents and eddies; other kinds of data can make that art intersect with scientific understanding.

Published Jan 31, 2020

Image of the Day Heat Land Water Remote Sensing

Estimating Forest Stand Height in the City of Life
Notes from the Field

Estimating Forest Stand Height in the City of Life

SERVIR team members traveled to Bangkok, where they connected researchers with the tools to use Synthetic Aperture Radar data to monitor forests and estimate biomass.

Published Jan 31, 2020 in Notes From the Field

Coast of Peru
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Coast of Peru

Natural wonders of Peru stand out in this wide-angle photograph.

Published Jan 31, 2020

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World of Change: Global Temperatures
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World of Change: Global Temperatures

The average global temperature has increased by a little more than 1° Celsius (2° Fahrenheit) since 1880. Two-thirds of the warming has occurred since 1975.

Published Jan 29, 2020

Atmosphere Heat Land Water Human Presence World of Change

MOSAiC: Gearing Up for Leg Three
Notes from the Field

MOSAiC: Gearing Up for Leg Three

MOSAiC expedition scientists prepare for research aboard an icebreaker, which has been frozen into the Arctic sea ice for about three months.

Published Jan 28, 2020 in Notes From the Field

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

Spotting the Spotted Owl
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Spotting the Spotted Owl

Scientists create maps of forest cover to understand where the composition and structure of Pacific Northwest forests are sufficient for the threatened species to nest and roost.

Published Jan 3, 2020

Life Human Presence World of Change

Best of 2019
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Best of 2019

2019 brought many memorable events on Planet Earth. Here are a few highlights from around the globe.

Published Dec 20, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Videos

The Island Named After a Satellite
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The Island Named After a Satellite

It measures about half the size of a football field and it is so small that you cannot see it on Google maps. This barren bit of rock off the coast of Canada has an unusual namesake: the Landsat 1 satellite. Hear about the discovery in the words of the woman who found it in satellite imagery.

Published Oct 23, 2019

Land Videos

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

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

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 Sep 24, 2019

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