Brazil Battered by Drought
Image of the Day Jun 23, 2021

Brazil Battered by Drought

Prolonged dry conditions have caused the worst drought in central and southern Brazil in almost a century.
African Dust Visits Europe
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African Dust Visits Europe

The dust storm traveled from Algeria to Italy, spanning roughly 1,000 kilometers (620 miles).

Published Jun 22, 2021

Atmosphere Land Dust and Haze

Earth's Radiation Budget is Out of Balance
Earth Matters

Earth's Radiation Budget is Out of Balance

The atmosphere is changing, trapping more heat from the Sun. The ocean plays a significant role in the balance.

Published Jun 22, 2021 in Earth Matters

Climate Indicators Solar Activity

New Ocean Data Flowing In
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New Ocean Data Flowing In

Datasets from the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will build upon three decades of sea level measurements.

Published Jun 22, 2021

Image of the Day Heat Water Remote Sensing

Yukon-Kuskokswim in Colorful Transition
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Yukon-Kuskokswim in Colorful Transition

One of the world’s largest deltas stands as a remarkable example of how water and ice can shape the land.

Published Jun 21, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water Remote Sensing

Sweet and Salty Sonora
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Sweet and Salty Sonora

Chocolate mountains and a salty lake highlight this desert landscape.

Published Jun 20, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water

Juneteenth in Galveston
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Juneteenth in Galveston

The issuing of General Order No. 3 by Union troops on June 19, 1865, marked the official end of slavery in Texas and the U.S.

Published Jun 19, 2021

Image of the Day Human Presence

California Reservoirs Reflect Deepening Drought
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California Reservoirs Reflect Deepening Drought

Precipitation totals and lake levels are among the worst they have been since the 1970s.

Published Jun 17, 2021

Image of the Day Water Drought Human Presence Temperature Extremes

Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Apr 2021

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

Records Fall in Early Summer Heatwave
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Records Fall in Early Summer Heatwave

Extreme heat has descended on the southwestern United States, with several states enduring temperatures near and above record highs for June.

Published Jun 16, 2021

Image of the Day Heat Land Drought Remote Sensing Temperature Extremes

Finding Gold Mining Hotspots in Peru
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Finding Gold Mining Hotspots in Peru

Researchers have created a satellite-based tool to help officials identify new activity.

Published Jun 16, 2021

Image of the Day Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

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

June Puzzler
Earth Matters

June Puzzler

Your challenge is to tell us what we are looking at, where it is, and why it is interesting.

Published Jun 15, 2021 in Earth Matters

Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2021

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

The Large Footprint of Small-Scale Mining in Ghana
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The Large Footprint of Small-Scale Mining in Ghana

In the past decade, unregulated artisanal mines accounted for more deforestation than industrial mines.

Published Jun 15, 2021

Image of the Day Human Presence

An Entanglement of Land and Sea
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An Entanglement of Land and Sea

Sediment-rich water from the interior of Madagascar meets the sea in mangrove-fringed Loza Bay.

Published Jun 13, 2021

Image of the Day Land

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

Heatwave Scorches the Middle East
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Heatwave Scorches the Middle East

A phenomenon known as a “heat dome” set the stage for remarkably high temperatures as meteorological summer got under way.

Published Jun 11, 2021

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Remote Sensing Temperature Extremes

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

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Jun 2002 — Sep 2011

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly

These maps depict how much hotter or cooler an ocean basin was compared to the long-term average. Temperature anomalies can indicate changes in ocean circulation or the arrival of patterns like El Niño and La Niña.

Heat Water

Western Soils and Plants are Parched
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Western Soils and Plants are Parched

For the second year in a row, drought has overtaken much of the United States from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast.

Published Jun 11, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water Drought Remote Sensing Temperature Extremes

Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Jan 2021

Sea Surface Temperature

Ocean temperatures can influence weather, such as hurricane formation, and climate patterns, such as El Niño. These maps show the temperature at the surface of the world’s seas and oceans.

Heat Water

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 Aug 28, 2020

Land Life

Early or Late Spring Blooms? Both Affect Asthma
Earth Matters

Early or Late Spring Blooms? Both Affect Asthma

Recent research shows that changes in the onset of spring—both early and late—can lead to more severe asthma for some people.

Published Jun 3, 2021 in Earth Matters

Water

EO Explorer
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EO Explorer

Since 1999, Earth Observatory has published images and stories from all over our planet. Now you can explore more than 11,000 images in a different way: by location.

Published Jun 2, 2021

Land Water 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 Apr 28, 2021

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

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

Tournament Earth: Astronaut Photography
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Tournament Earth: Astronaut Photography

Click to see the 2021 champion.

Published Mar 8, 2021

Atmosphere Land Life Water Human Presence Remote Sensing

How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies
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How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies

What do you do when presented with a new satellite image? Here's what the Earth Observatory team does to understand the view.

Published Nov 18, 2013

Remote Sensing

Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography In Focus
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Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography In Focus

For 20 years, astronauts have been shooting photos of Earth from the space station. Like everything the astronauts do, they are trained for this job. And like everything they do, there is purpose and intention behind it.

Published Feb 8, 2021

Human Presence Remote Sensing Videos

Picturing Earth: Behind the Scenes
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Picturing Earth: Behind the Scenes

From their perch on the space station, astronauts have spent 20 years sharing a story about Earth as they see it from above. Like the directors of a film, those astronaut storytellers have a crew working behind the scenes to help them tell the story. Meet the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit.

Published Dec 1, 2020

Human Presence Remote Sensing Videos