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Record-Setting Precipitation Leaves U.S. Soils Soggy
Northern California Coastline
Alluvial Fans in Southern Mongolia
Deepest Lake in North America
Image of the Day May 27, 2019

Record-Setting Precipitation Leaves U.S. Soils Soggy

The continental United States recently finished its wettest twelve months in 124 years of modern recordkeeping.

A Bit Less Excelsior
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A Bit Less Excelsior

Over the past two decades, an Alaskan glacier has melted into a lake more than five times the size of Central Park.

Published May 21, 2019

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

May Puzzler
Earth Matters

May Puzzler

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

Published May 21, 2019 in Earth Matters

Dust Storm in Hokkaido
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Dust Storm in Hokkaido

Plumes of dried soil streamed from a rural area in the northern part of the Japanese island.

Published May 21, 2019

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Wildfires Threaten Northern Alberta
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Wildfires Threaten Northern Alberta

Some residents of High Level, Canada, were forced to evacuate in the face of a large and out-of-control wildfire that has started advancing toward the town.

Published May 20, 2019

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How Glaciers Turn Lakes Turquoise
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How Glaciers Turn Lakes Turquoise

Fine particles of pulverized rock absorb and scatter sunlight in ways that can give water a striking blue-green color.

Published May 17, 2019

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Spring Freeze in the Labrador Sea
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Spring Freeze in the Labrador Sea

Filaments of sea ice stretch across the waters off southern Greenland, an area that is typically ice-free.

Published May 17, 2019

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Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Apr 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

Wildfire Smoke Shrouds Mexico City
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Wildfire Smoke Shrouds Mexico City

Officials declared an environmental emergency due to unhealthy air quality.

Published May 16, 2019

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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

Glint of the Irrawaddy Delta
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Glint of the Irrawaddy Delta

Sunlight traces the mouth of one of Asia’s great rivers—a major artery for commercial and sediment transport.

Published May 16, 2019

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A Place in Space: Earth Orbits
EO Kids

A Place in Space: Earth Orbits

Explore Earth's different orbits, then race your friends in a scale model of high, mid and low Earth orbits.

Published May 15, 2019 in EO Kids

Surging Glacier Creates a New Lake
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Surging Glacier Creates a New Lake

Local authorities are watching closely after a fast-advancing glacier in northern Pakistan blocked a stream and created a temporary lake.

Published May 13, 2019

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Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2019

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

Dust Swirls over Asia
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Dust Swirls over Asia

In May 2019, dust from the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts swirled high into the atmosphere as a spring storm passed through China and Mongolia.

Published May 13, 2019

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Contrails Over the Gulf of California
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Contrails Over the Gulf of California

The corridor between the United States and Mexico is a fairly busy one for air traffic—heavy enough to produce plenty of contrails, but not so much that they all blend together.

Published May 13, 2019

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Fires Burn in Guerrero, Mexico
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Fires Burn in Guerrero, Mexico

The blazes have been difficult to control because of strong winds.

Published May 10, 2019

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Water Vapor
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Apr 2019

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

A Wide View of Luzon
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A Wide View of Luzon

Astronauts caught a rare, mostly clear glimpse of the largest island in the Philippines.

Published May 10, 2019

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Two Decades of Change at Pine Island Glacier
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Two Decades of Change at Pine Island Glacier

As this Antarctic glacier sheds huge icebergs more frequently, scientists are closely monitoring the retreat.

Published May 9, 2019

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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

Flooding Continues Along the Mississippi
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Flooding Continues Along the Mississippi

The Landsat 8 satellite observed water out of the river banks and on the floodplains near St. Louis.

Published May 9, 2019

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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

Lights Out after Cyclone Fani
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Lights Out after Cyclone Fani

The powerful storm, one of the worst to hit India since 1999, knocked out electricity across the state of Odisha.

Published May 8, 2019

Image of the Day Severe Storms Human Presence Remote Sensing

Reservoir Swells Upstream of Mosul
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Reservoir Swells Upstream of Mosul

Satellite data shows that water levels in Iraq’s largest reservoir have reached heights not seen in more than a decade.

Published May 7, 2019

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Fires Burn Across the UK
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Fires Burn Across the UK

It is not even summertime, but already the United Kingdom has seen a significant number of wildfires.

Published May 6, 2019

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Reflections on 30 Years of The Earth Observer Newsletter
Earth Matters

Reflections on 30 Years of The Earth Observer Newsletter

Since March 1989, the Earth Observer newsletter has reported timely news from NASA’s Earth Science Program.

Published May 3, 2019 in Earth Matters

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

Spring Fires in Khabarovsk
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Spring Fires in Khabarovsk

A fast-moving blaze charred far eastern Russia and lofted a pillar of smoke high into the air.

Published May 3, 2019

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Folding a Mountain
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Folding a Mountain

The Flinders Ranges—the largest mountain range in South Australia—is a classic example of a folded mountain range.

Published May 3, 2019

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Sculpting the Pyrenees
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Sculpting the Pyrenees

Water, ice, and geological history have carved the landscape between Spain and France.

Published May 3, 2019

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Fani Threatens India
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Fani Threatens India

The storm strengthened and bore down on the country's eastern coast as a very severe tropical cyclone.

Published May 2, 2019

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Atacama Greening
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Atacama Greening

A burst of wildflowers and other plant growth followed damaging floods in northern Chile.

Published May 1, 2019

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Fire
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Apr 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

Tropical Cyclone Fani
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Tropical Cyclone Fani

The storm, currently spinning over the Bay of Bengal, is advancing toward the eastern coast of India.

Published May 1, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Severe Storms Human Presence Remote Sensing

Choking on Saharan Dust
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Choking on Saharan Dust

A new analysis suggests that exposure to mineral dust may be a bigger cause of premature death in Africa than previously thought.

Published Apr 30, 2019

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Seeing the Sea Through the Years
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Seeing the Sea Through the Years

In several decades of observing the ocean with satellites, our vision has changed as much as the sea.

Published Apr 29, 2019

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It Was 20 Years Ago Today...
Earth Matters

It Was 20 Years Ago Today...

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we take a look back at how the Web, the world, and EO have changed. And we look ahead to a year of flashback stories.

Published Apr 29, 2019 in Earth Matters

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 Apr 29, 2019

Atmosphere Heat Land Life Water Snow and Ice

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

The Ozone Hole: Closing the Gap
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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

Shrinking Aral Sea
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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

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

Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 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