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The Geologic Wonder of the Neuquén Basin
Smart Phones Bring Smart Irrigation
Glacier Flour in Greenland Skies
Lights Out in Michael’s Wake
Image of the Day Oct 19, 2018

The Geologic Wonder of the Neuquén Basin

The distinctive sedimentary rock formations in west-central Argentina make for a geological and paleontological wonderland.

Autumn Comes to Ogden
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Autumn Comes to Ogden

Deciduous trees in northern Utah paint the mountains in shades of red, orange, yellow, and purple.

Published Oct 15, 2018

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

Bounty of the Pacific Northwest
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Bounty of the Pacific Northwest

The area around the two Vancouvers is rich in natural beauty and resources.

Published Oct 14, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Human Presence Snow and Ice

Cyclones Luban and Titli
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Cyclones Luban and Titli

Luban is the third cyclone to develop in the Arabian Sea in 2018.

Published Oct 13, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Severe Storms

Ten Things to Know About Terra as the Long-Lived Satellite Surpasses 100,000 Orbits
Earth Observatory Blogs

Ten Things to Know About Terra as the Long-Lived Satellite Surpasses 100,000 Orbits

If there’s ever a satellite that deserves an award for longevity, it's Terra.

Published Oct 12, 2018 in Earth Matters

Hurricane Michael Reaches North Carolina
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Hurricane Michael Reaches North Carolina

Since making landfall, the storm has caused severe property damage and deaths in the southeastern United States, with more damage expected.

Published Oct 12, 2018

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Florida Slammed by Hurricane Michael
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Florida Slammed by Hurricane Michael

The category 4 storm is believed to be the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Florida Panhandle.

Published Oct 11, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Severe Storms

Vegetation
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jun 2018

Vegetation

Greenness is an important indicator of health for forests, grasslands, and farms. The greenness of a landscape, or vegetation index, depends on the number and type of plants, how leafy they are, and how healthy they are.

Land Life

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

Hurricane Michael Heads for Florida
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Hurricane Michael Heads for Florida

The U.S. state that receives more direct hits from hurricanes than any other prepared for yet another one.

Published Oct 10, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jun 2006 — Jul 2018

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

Flood Basalts on Mars and Iceland
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Flood Basalts on Mars and Iceland

A team of NASA scientists headed to Holuhraun because the volcano has geologic cousins on Mars.

Published Oct 9, 2018

Image of the Day Land Remote Sensing

Cloud Streets Near Antarctica
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Cloud Streets Near Antarctica

Cold air blows over warmer water to produce thin, parallel lines of clouds.

Published Oct 8, 2018

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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

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

Shining Light on the Upper Peninsula
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Shining Light on the Upper Peninsula

The upper reaches of Michigan are rich in natural resources, with more emphasis on the “nature” these days.

Published Oct 7, 2018

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Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jan 2017

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

An Outflow Boundary—Not a Jellyfish—Over Africa
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An Outflow Boundary—Not a Jellyfish—Over Africa

The peculiar curved shape of this cloud over Mali is the product of a phenomenon associated with thunderstorms.

Published Oct 6, 2018

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First Photons from ICESat-2
Earth Observatory Blogs

First Photons from ICESat-2

A new mission to monitor Earth’s changing ice fired its laser for the first time and returned its first height measurements from across the Antarctic ice sheet.

Published Oct 5, 2018 in Earth Matters

Early Warnings for Crop Failures
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Early Warnings for Crop Failures

The GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for Early Warning provides science-driven alerts for countries that may be in danger of low crop yields.

Published Oct 5, 2018

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Rosa’s Rainfall
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Rosa’s Rainfall

Remnants of Hurricane Rosa delivered heavy rain and caused flash floods in northwestern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest.

Published Oct 4, 2018

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Devastation in Palu After Earthquake, Tsunami
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Devastation in Palu After Earthquake, Tsunami

Sobering satellite views reveal massive damage on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Published Oct 3, 2018

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Landslides in Hokkaido
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Landslides in Hokkaido

A powerful earthquake triggered hundreds of landslides on the Japanese island.

Published Oct 2, 2018

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New Tools to Boost Access to NASA Earth Science Data
Earth Observatory Blogs

New Tools to Boost Access to NASA Earth Science Data

NASA has funded five new projects to develop tools and technology to make the agency’s massive Earth science datasets more accessible and user-friendly.

Published Oct 1, 2018 in Earth Matters

Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago
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Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago

About half of this archipelago in the Russian high Arctic is covered in ice.

Published Oct 1, 2018

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Savai‘i and Upolu in Sunglint
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Savai‘i and Upolu in Sunglint

Samoa’s two largest islands, made by volcanoes, have productive reefs and fertile soils.

Published Sep 30, 2018

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Typhoon Trami Takes Aim at Japan
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Typhoon Trami Takes Aim at Japan

As the storm turns toward Japan, the country’s meteorological agency warns of the potential for heavy winds, rain, landslides, and flooding.

Published Sep 29, 2018

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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2018 Minimum
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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2018 Minimum

The ice cap tied for the sixth lowest extent on record, continuing a long-term decline.

Published Sep 28, 2018

Image of the Day Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Walking on Venezuela’s Last Glacier
Earth Observatory Blogs

Walking on Venezuela’s Last Glacier

Carsten Braun last surveyed Humboldt Glacier in 2015. He talked about what it was like to stand on Venezuela’s last glacier.

Published Sep 27, 2018 in Earth Matters

Urban Growth of New Delhi
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Urban Growth of New Delhi

Croplands and grasslands around New Delhi are being converted into city structures to create one of the fastest urban expansions in the world.

Published Sep 27, 2018

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September Puzzler
Earth Observatory Blogs

September Puzzler

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

Published Sep 26, 2018 in Earth Matters

Volcanic Hell Makes for Bathing Heaven
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Volcanic Hell Makes for Bathing Heaven

Circular, tranquil Lake Kuttara has an explosive past.

Published Sep 26, 2018

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Super Typhoon Trami
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Super Typhoon Trami

The storm barreled across the Western Pacific basin, visible east of Taiwan in this nighttime image.

Published Sep 25, 2018

Atmosphere Severe Storms

Activity at Krakatau
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Activity at Krakatau

Ash from the Indonesian volcano streamed over the Sunda Strait.

Published Sep 25, 2018

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Bou Craa Phosphate Mine, Western Sahara
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Bou Craa Phosphate Mine, Western Sahara

The mine is one of the few human patterns visible from space in this almost entirely uninhabited western extremity of the Sahara Desert.

Published Sep 23, 2018

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

A Broad View of Flooding in the Carolinas
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A Broad View of Flooding in the Carolinas

Rivers swelled from the torrential rains of Hurricane Florence.

Published Sep 22, 2018

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

Fires ablaze in northeastern Utah
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Fires ablaze in northeastern Utah

Two lightning-caused fires have burned over 100,000 acres and are still yet to be fully contained.

Published Sep 21, 2018

Atmosphere Land Fires Human Presence

Responding to Hurricane Florence with NASA Data
Earth Observatory Blogs

Responding to Hurricane Florence with NASA Data

NASA is working with FEMA and the National Guard to plan aerial flights to monitor flooding in North Carolina.

Published Sep 21, 2018 in Earth Matters

Recovering from Hurricane Maria
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Recovering from Hurricane Maria

Forests are on the path to recovery even as many roof repairs remain undone.

Published Sep 21, 2018

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

Air Pollution: Seeing Small Specks from Space
Earth Observatory Blogs

Air Pollution: Seeing Small Specks from Space

EO Kids is searching for small specks of air pollutants from Space. How clean is our air?

Published Sep 19, 2018 in EO Kids

Padma River: The Shape of Erosion
Article

Padma River: The Shape of Erosion

From 1988 to the present, Landsat satellites have seen changes in shape, size, and position of the Padma River in Bangladesh. View the river's transformations over the past three decades.

Published Aug 21, 2018

Land Water

World of Change: Padma River
Article

World of Change: Padma River

One of the major rivers of Bangladesh has been growing in size, transforming in shape, and changing in location for decades. Each twist and zigzag of the river tells a different geologic story about the power of erosion.

Published Jul 31, 2018

Land Water Remote Sensing World of Change

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

Aerosol Size
Global Maps Dec 2004 — Aug 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

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

Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jun 2002 — Jun 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