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The Highest Settlement in the World
Detecting Invisible Plant Stress
The Many Meanders of the Juruá
Bushfires Still Raging in New South Wales
Image of the Day Nov 15, 2019

The Highest Settlement in the World

There is no running water, no sewage system, and no garbage disposal, but La Rinconada has one resource worth its weight.

Early Season Fires Burning in New South Wales
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Early Season Fires Burning in New South Wales

Dry, hot, windy conditions persist as bushfires burn in the eastern part of the Australian state.

Published Nov 8, 2019

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Taranto City, Southern Italy
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Taranto City, Southern Italy

Italy’s major southern port and naval base has a history dating back to Roman times.

Published Nov 8, 2019

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Susquehanna Sediment in the Chesapeake Bay
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Susquehanna Sediment in the Chesapeake Bay

Sediment-rich water flowed down the river after a string of strong thunderstorms hit central Pennsylvania.

Published Nov 7, 2019

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Bushfires in New South Wales
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Bushfires in New South Wales

Smoke billowed from a string of bushfires lining the coast of the Australian state.

Published Nov 7, 2019

Land Drought Fires

Spate of Cyclones in the North Indian Ocean
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Spate of Cyclones in the North Indian Ocean

A series of strong tropical cyclones spun up this year in an area that typically doesn’t see many.

Published Nov 6, 2019

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Human Activities Are Drying Out the Amazon
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Human Activities Are Drying Out the Amazon

The atmosphere above the rainforest has become drier, increasing the demand for water and leaving ecosystems vulnerable to fires and drought.

Published Nov 6, 2019

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Fire in Western Australia
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Fire in Western Australia

The late-spring fire follows what has been a dry winter and spring across most of the country.

Published Nov 5, 2019

Land Drought Fires

Haze Smothers Northern India
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Haze Smothers Northern India

Air pollution has reached hazardous levels in some areas.

Published Nov 4, 2019

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Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Sep 2019

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

Retreat Begins at Taku Glacier
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Retreat Begins at Taku Glacier

For half a century, it has been the one known Alaskan glacier to withstand the effects of climate change—until now.

Published Nov 4, 2019

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Bolivia’s Sandy Rivers
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Bolivia’s Sandy Rivers

The winter season is often hot and dry, leading rivers to dry up and become vulnerable to aeolian processes.

Published Nov 1, 2019

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Before the Leaves Fall
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Before the Leaves Fall

Beneath a collection of contrails, colorful foliage spreads across a mountain landscape in the eastern U.S.

Published Nov 1, 2019

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Palu Landslides Linked to Rice Irrigation
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Palu Landslides Linked to Rice Irrigation

An earthquake in Indonesia made the land flow like mud in a place where science previously said it shouldn't.

Published Nov 1, 2019

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Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Sep 2019

Snow Cover

Snow and ice influence climate by reflecting sunlight back into space. When it melts, snow is a source of water for drinking and vegetation; too much snowmelt can lead to floods. These maps show average snow cover by month.

Snow and Ice

A Transylvanian Transect for Halloween
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A Transylvanian Transect for Halloween

ICESat-2 collected some perspective on the legendary landscape of Vlad and Dracula.

Published Oct 31, 2019

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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

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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

Kincade Fire Grows Overnight
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Kincade Fire Grows Overnight

The eastern part of the fire was active overnight, expanding the burned area to 76,000 acres.

Published Oct 30, 2019

Land Fires Remote Sensing

Oleshky Sands
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Oleshky Sands

The semi-arid desert in Ukraine is Europe’s second-largest expanse of sand.

Published Oct 30, 2019

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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

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

Strong Gusts Spread the Kincade Fire
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Strong Gusts Spread the Kincade Fire

Fierce Diablo winds helped fan flames, which have consumed more than 75,000 acres.

Published Oct 29, 2019

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Beauty Carved by Nature’s Violence
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Beauty Carved by Nature’s Violence

Ash, pumice, and steam shaped the landscape around Katmai and Novarupta.

Published Oct 25, 2019

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Massive Muddy Tides in the Bay of Fundy
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Massive Muddy Tides in the Bay of Fundy

High tides in the funnel-shaped bay are anything but a bore when they collide with river water flowing in the opposite direction.

Published Oct 25, 2019

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Winds Drive Smoky Wildfires in California, Mexico
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Winds Drive Smoky Wildfires in California, Mexico

Hot, dry weather and fierce easterlies fanned the flames of several blazes, endangering homes and lives.

Published Oct 25, 2019

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Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Sep 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

Fires on the Flanks of Volcanoes
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Fires on the Flanks of Volcanoes

Despite appearances, the fires do not seem to be related to eruptions or lava flows.

Published Oct 25, 2019

Land Dust and Haze Fires Remote Sensing

Is HPS-12 the Fastest Thinning Glacier?
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Is HPS-12 the Fastest Thinning Glacier?

A glacier in Patagonia with a forgettable name is becoming memorable for the speed at which it is losing ice.

Published Oct 25, 2019

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A Beautiful Moment Over the Indian Ocean
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A Beautiful Moment Over the Indian Ocean

The interplay of a thunderstorm, dust, clouds, and gravity waves came together to create this scene.

Published Oct 24, 2019

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Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Sep 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

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

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Sep 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

Night Lights Can Disrupt Wildlife
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Night Lights Can Disrupt Wildlife

A new study shows that nocturnal animals are less active when the nights are too bright with electric lighting.

Published Oct 23, 2019

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A Flash Drought Dries the Southeast
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A Flash Drought Dries the Southeast

After a wet spring, a quick-onset drought has parched fields.

Published Oct 22, 2019

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Nestor Drenches Florida Panhandle
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Nestor Drenches Florida Panhandle

The weakening storm dropped several inches of rain and spun out several tornadoes.

Published Oct 21, 2019

Land Water Floods Severe Storms

The Shape of Farming: Water For Crops
EO Kids

The Shape of Farming: Water For Crops

Farmers use a number of different methods to irrigate crops, and some of them result in pretty interesting shapes.

Published Oct 16, 2019 in EO Kids

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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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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 Aug 28, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Trailing the Pacific Crest from Space
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Trailing the Pacific Crest from Space

There is no award for completing the hike from Mexico to Canada through the western United States. But it is clear from the ground and space that the journey through 48 wilderness areas and demanding terrain will change you.

Published Aug 1, 2019

Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Earth: A Photo e-Book from NASA
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Earth: A Photo e-Book from NASA

Swirling white clouds, deep blue oceans, and multicolored landscapes come to life on the pages of NASA’s new photo essay Earth, a collection of dramatic images captured by satellites.

Published Jun 4, 2019

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20 Years of NASA Earth Observatory
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20 Years of NASA Earth Observatory

Our world is constantly changing. We have evolved with it.

Published May 7, 2019

Videos