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Spring Bloom for South Africa
Galloway Forest Park
Flooding in Thailand and Cambodia
The Himalaya Plot
Image of the Day Nov 18, 2018

Spring Bloom for South Africa

Large phytoplankton blooms tend to occur at intersections: between land and sea, between different ocean currents, and between seasons.

Camp Fire Spreads Foul Air in California
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Camp Fire Spreads Foul Air in California

People in Northern California and the Central Valley are coughing because of the noxious smoke.

Published Nov 16, 2018

Atmosphere Land Fires Human Presence Remote Sensing

Smoke from Camp Fire Billows Across California
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Smoke from Camp Fire Billows Across California

In many areas, air quality deteriorated as smoke from the destructive fire spread widely across northern California.

Published Nov 14, 2018

Atmosphere Fires

Satellites and Ground Sensors Observe Smoke Blanketing California
Earth Observatory Blogs

Satellites and Ground Sensors Observe Smoke Blanketing California

Putting low-cost air quality sensors in the hands of citizen scientists complement satellite observations of air quality during wildfires.

Published Nov 14, 2018 in Earth Matters

Ozone Hole is Big, But Tempered by CFC Reductions
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Ozone Hole is Big, But Tempered by CFC Reductions

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica was slightly above average size in 2018, but smaller than expected for the weather conditions.

Published Nov 13, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Human Presence World of Change

Camp Fire Still Raging in California
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Camp Fire Still Raging in California

The fire has become the deadliest in state history.

Published Nov 13, 2018

Heat Fires

Scars of the Somme
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Scars of the Somme

Physical reminders are still etched on the French countryside more than 100 years after one of the bloodiest battle of World War I.

Published Nov 9, 2018

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

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

The Largest River Delta in Europe
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The Largest River Delta in Europe

The Volga Delta has grown significantly over the past 130 years.

Published Nov 9, 2018

Image of the Day Land Life Water

Camp Fire Rages in California
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Camp Fire Rages in California

Multiple fast-moving fires are producing huge plumes of smoke and threatening several communities.

Published Nov 9, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Land Fires Human Presence

Drought Persists in the U.S. Southwest
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Drought Persists in the U.S. Southwest

Drought conditions in 2018 are extreme over the Four Corners region of the United States.

Published Nov 8, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Drought

Pine Island Glacier Quickly Drops Another Iceberg
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Pine Island Glacier Quickly Drops Another Iceberg

Calving that used to happen about every six years has become a near-annual event.

Published Nov 8, 2018

Image of the Day Unique Imagery Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Highlights from The Earth Observer
Earth Observatory Blogs

Highlights from The Earth Observer

A new edition of The Earth Observer, a bi-monthly publication that covers the nuts-and-bolts of NASA’s Earth Observing System, is out.

Published Nov 7, 2018 in Earth Matters

Which Way Will the Smoke Go?
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Which Way Will the Smoke Go?

A new experimental model that relies on data from NOAA and NASA satellites has proven remarkably good at simulating the behavior of wildfire smoke.

Published Nov 6, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Fires Remote Sensing

Bushfire Burns More than 2 Million Acres
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Bushfire Burns More than 2 Million Acres

This dry season, a bushfire in western Australia wiped out an area six times the size of Los Angeles.

Published Nov 6, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Land Fires

Fires Rage along the Garden Route
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Fires Rage along the Garden Route

More than 86,000 hectares of land have burned, making it one of South Africa's biggest fires near populated areas.

Published Nov 5, 2018

Atmosphere Fires

Earth at Night
Article

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

Famous Rectangular Iceberg’s Rough Journey
Earth Observatory Blogs

Famous Rectangular Iceberg’s Rough Journey

The sharp-angled iceberg that made headlines in late October 2018 had a longer, rougher journey than was initially thought.

Published Nov 5, 2018 in Earth Matters

Blue Marble Next Generation
Article

Blue Marble Next Generation

12 months of high-resolution global true color satellite imagery.

Published Oct 13, 2005

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice

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

Rainy October Soaks Texas
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Rainy October Soaks Texas

Storm after storm rolled through and dumped record rainfall in parts of Texas.

Published Nov 2, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Floods Human Presence

Net Primary Productivity
Global Maps Jan 2000 — Oct 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

Carbon Monoxide
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jan 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

A Close-Up View of the Betsiboka
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A Close-Up View of the Betsiboka

The braided river carries iron-rich sediment from the high central plateau and mountains down through complex, woven channels and vegetated islands.

Published Nov 2, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water

October Snow in Siberia
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October Snow in Siberia

As many areas around the world are experiencing autumn, Siberia sees the beginning of winter.

Published Nov 2, 2018

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

Looking Into the Eye of Yutu
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Looking Into the Eye of Yutu

A stroke of luck brought the CloudSat radar directly over the center of one of the strongest typhoons of the year.

Published Nov 2, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Severe Storms

Smokier and Smokier Skies in India
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Smokier and Smokier Skies in India

Since 2003, the number of November crop fires in northern India has increased significantly.

Published Nov 1, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Human Presence

Watching Out for Whales
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Watching Out for Whales

Environmental variables detected by satellites can help reduce collisions between ships and blue whales.

Published Nov 1, 2018

Image of the Day Life Water Remote Sensing

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

A Place Where Icebergs Go to Die
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A Place Where Icebergs Go to Die

This image could be a scene out of a spooky movie, but the reality is just as morbid.

Published Oct 31, 2018

Image of the Day Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Yutu Hits the Philippines
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Yutu Hits the Philippines

The category 2 typhoon brought soaking rain and landslides.

Published Oct 30, 2018

Atmosphere Land Severe Storms Human Presence

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

Monitoring Outflow and Algae
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Monitoring Outflow and Algae

A NASA team was able to use satellite imagery to observe effects of a repair of Los Angeles' largest wastewater treatment plant.

Published Oct 30, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Water Human Presence

Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jun 2002 — Jun 2018

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

Increased Fire Activity in New Guinea
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Increased Fire Activity in New Guinea

October 2018 brought an increase in fire detections, which might be associated with a weak El Niño.

Published Oct 29, 2018

Atmosphere Land Fires Human Presence

A Fire in the Middle of the Atlantic Ocean?
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A Fire in the Middle of the Atlantic Ocean?

High-energy particles from the South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly occasionally trick satellite sensors.

Published Oct 29, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Land Remote Sensing

A Dusty View of the Al Qassim Region
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A Dusty View of the Al Qassim Region

A line of thunderclouds marched across the desert of central Saudi Arabia on the way toward Yemen.

Published Oct 28, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land

A Blackwater River Meets the Sea
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A Blackwater River Meets the Sea

A satellite image offers inky evidence of the organic-rich freshwater that the Suwannee River delivers to the Gulf of Mexico.

Published Oct 27, 2018

Image of the Day Land Life Water

October Puzzler
Earth Observatory Blogs

October Puzzler

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

Published Oct 26, 2018 in Earth Matters

Hide and Seek Sandstone: Geology by Satellite
Earth Observatory Blogs

Hide and Seek Sandstone: Geology by Satellite

Find out how scientists see different rock types with the help of satellites and solve the mystery of how rock layers move to make cool rock formations. 

Published Oct 23, 2018 in EO Kids

The New UN Climate Report in One Sentence
Earth Observatory Blogs

The New UN Climate Report in One Sentence

Many parts of the world are already seeing rising sea levels, hotter temperatures, more extreme precipitation and droughts, more acidic oceans, and faster rates of extinctions.

Published Oct 19, 2018 in Earth Matters

A Season of Smoke
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A Season of Smoke

In summer 2018, wildfires across western North America disrupted the lives of millions. Smoke from some of the blazes was so pronounced it was visible from space.

Published Sep 11, 2018

Atmosphere Land Remote Sensing Videos

Padma River: The Shape of Erosion
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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

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

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