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Lava Lake Discovered on Mount Michael
Monsoon Rains Flood South Asia
Green Space is Good for Mental Health
Florida’s Rocks and Rocketeers
Image of the Day Jul 19, 2019

Lava Lake Discovered on Mount Michael

Scientists confirmed a stable pond of lava exists within the crater, raising the planet’s known number of lava lakes to seven.

Kolyma’s Annual Purge
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Kolyma’s Annual Purge

Every June, the Kolyma River thaws and carries organic materials that stain the Arctic Ocean.

Published Jul 12, 2019

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Iceland’s Waters Abloom
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Iceland’s Waters Abloom

July 2019 brought the latest display of a phytoplankton bloom that occurs every year in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Published Jul 12, 2019

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MISR Where on Earth...? Quiz #31
Earth Matters

MISR Where on Earth...? Quiz #31

Use your eyes and your research skills to figure out the location shown in this satellite image.

Published Jul 12, 2019 in Earth Matters

Another Fire in Greenland
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Another Fire in Greenland

Nearly two years after a rare wildfire in western Greenland, satellites spotted new smoke plumes streaming from the same region.

Published Jul 11, 2019

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Supporting Quality Insurance for Farmers with Earth Observation Data
Notes from the Field

Supporting Quality Insurance for Farmers with Earth Observation Data

Scientists gathered in Kenya to discuss how satellite data can best be used to promote farmer and pastoralist resilience to drought.

Published Jul 10, 2019 in Notes From the Field

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

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

Citizen Scientists Find Undocumented Landslides
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Citizen Scientists Find Undocumented Landslides

A new NASA project improves landslide inventories with data from the public.

Published Jul 10, 2019

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Historic Heat in Alaska
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Historic Heat in Alaska

Record-breaking heat has exacerbated clusters of wildfires burning throughout the state.

Published Jul 9, 2019

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Smoke Spreads Across Ontario
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Smoke Spreads Across Ontario

Smoke from fires burning along the Ontario border dipped south into the United States.

Published Jul 8, 2019

Fires Remote Sensing

Scientists Discover the Biggest Seaweed Bloom in the World
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Scientists Discover the Biggest Seaweed Bloom in the World

The record-breaking belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico, and it is likely here to stay.

Published Jul 8, 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

Atmospheric River Swells Terrestrial Rivers
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Atmospheric River Swells Terrestrial Rivers

In late June 2019, a potent atmospheric river event carried soaking rain into southern Chile, dropping nearly a month’s worth of precipitation in just 48 hours.

Published Jul 5, 2019

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Long View of the Mississippi River Delta
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Long View of the Mississippi River Delta

The river drains water and sediment from 31 U.S. states, delivering both to the Gulf of Mexico via the Atchafalaya and Mississippi River deltas.

Published Jul 5, 2019

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Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — May 2019

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

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

Brunt Ice Shelf Survives the Solstice
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Brunt Ice Shelf Survives the Solstice

The enormous slab of ice poised to break away from the Brunt ice shelf is still hanging on.

Published Jul 3, 2019

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Why is that Forest Red and That Cloud Blue?
Article

Why is that Forest Red and That Cloud Blue?

Are you distracted by unusual colors in satellite images? They are not photographs, and understanding the difference between them is the key to unlocking the power of false-color images.

Published Mar 4, 2014

Remote Sensing

Finding Hidden Ship Tracks
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Finding Hidden Ship Tracks

Ship tracks are a common atmospheric occurrence. Scientists are now combining machine learning and satellites to detect them automatically.

Published Jul 3, 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

Total Solar Eclipse Darkens the South Pacific
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Total Solar Eclipse Darkens the South Pacific

On July 2, 2019, a NASA satellite captured an image of the Moon’s shadow off of South America.

Published Jul 3, 2019

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Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Apr 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

The Sea Takes Back a Baby Island
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The Sea Takes Back a Baby Island

A tiny island birthed by an earthquake and a mud volcano has faded into the sea.

Published Jul 3, 2019

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Watching the 2019 Women's World Cup from Space
Earth Matters

Watching the 2019 Women's World Cup from Space

Millions of people have been watching the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, setting a record number for viewers. At least three of those spectators are watching from space.

Published Jul 2, 2019 in Earth Matters

A Longer Dry Season in the Congo Rainforest
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A Longer Dry Season in the Congo Rainforest

The summer dry season has lengthened by about 10 days per decade within rainforest boundaries.

Published Jul 2, 2019

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Mapping the Land Between the Tides
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Mapping the Land Between the Tides

Harnessing 30 years of Landsat data, researchers have created the first three-dimensional model of Australia’s entire coastline.

Published Jul 1, 2019

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Heatwave Scorches Europe
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Heatwave Scorches Europe

The heat has broken temperature records in several parts of the continent.

Published Jun 28, 2019

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Salty Botswana
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Salty Botswana

Makgadikgadi Pan is one of the largest salt flats in the world.

Published Jun 28, 2019

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Roseburg, Oregon
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Roseburg, Oregon

Timber production has etched a checkerboard pattern in the forests surrounding the town.

Published Jun 28, 2019

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Water Shortages in India
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Water Shortages in India

Nearly 65 percent of the country’s reservoirs were running dry in June 2019.

Published Jun 27, 2019

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June puzzler
Earth Matters

June puzzler

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

Published Jun 26, 2019 in Earth Matters

Clouds Light the Night
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Clouds Light the Night

As spring turns to summer in the northern hemisphere, unusual streaks of clouds form high in the atmosphere around sunset.

Published Jun 26, 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

Ice Arch Crumbles Early
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Ice Arch Crumbles Early

The structure that prevents sea ice from exiting the Arctic Ocean through the Nares Strait crumbled months earlier than usual.

Published Jun 25, 2019

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Raikoke Erupts
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Raikoke Erupts

An unexpected series of blasts from a remote volcano in the Kuril Islands sent ash and volcanic gases streaming high over the North Pacific Ocean.

Published Jun 24, 2019

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Lusi in the Sea with Deltas
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Lusi in the Sea with Deltas

Downstream of the Lusi mud flow, mangrove forests are expanding onto new land and shrimp farmers are adjusting to a muddier reality.

Published Jun 21, 2019

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Viewing Venus from the Space Station
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Viewing Venus from the Space Station

With sixteen sunrises and sunsets, astronauts have a lot of chances to see our nearest solar system neighbor.

Published Jun 21, 2019

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NASA Helps Warn of Harmful Algae in Lakes, Reservoirs
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NASA Helps Warn of Harmful Algae in Lakes, Reservoirs

With limited resources to monitor often-unpredictable blooms, water managers are turning to new technologies to detect and keep track of hazards.

Published Jun 21, 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

Atmosphere 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

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Videos

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

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