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Wildflower Super Bloom Returns to California
Wet and Dry Morocco
Mining Peru’s Cerro de Pasco
Late-Winter Storm Blasts the Great Plains
Image of the Day Mar 18, 2019

Wildflower Super Bloom Returns to California

For the first time in two years, a large bloom of wildflowers have returned, thanks to a rainy winter in Southern California.

All About That Tilt: Sun and Seasons
EO Kids

All About That Tilt: Sun and Seasons

Published Mar 15, 2019 in EO Kids

Tropical Cyclone Idai Aims at Mozambique
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Tropical Cyclone Idai Aims at Mozambique

The tracks of tropical cyclones in the Mozambique Channel often meander and loop.

Published Mar 12, 2019

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How the Smoke Rises
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How the Smoke Rises

A satellite sensor is helping scientists understand where smoke is headed and what it means for those breathing it.

Published Mar 12, 2019

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Satellites Find Greener Pastures
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Satellites Find Greener Pastures

Brazilian researchers are using satellites to calculate how many cattle can be supported by the country's pasturelands.

Published Mar 11, 2019

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Tropical Cyclone Idai
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Tropical Cyclone Idai

Tropical Cyclone Idai is poised to move inland over East African countries already soaked with rain.

Published Mar 11, 2019

Land Water Severe Storms

Grand Canyon Under Snow
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Grand Canyon Under Snow

The Grand Canyon is one of the best known natural wonders on Earth, but astronauts see very different patterns compared with the iconic ground-based views.

Published Mar 8, 2019

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Jupiter or Earth?
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Jupiter or Earth?

Governed by the same laws of physics, very different planets display similar patterns.

Published Mar 8, 2019

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China’s Fields of Gold
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China’s Fields of Gold

In Luoping County, spring brings an explosion of canola flowers.

Published Mar 7, 2019

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The Carbon Cycle
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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

Bringing a National Land Cover Monitoring System to Afghanistan
Notes from the Field

Bringing a National Land Cover Monitoring System to Afghanistan

Creating a customized service for annual land cover mapping and change analysis in Afghanistan.

Published Mar 7, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Fires Rage in Victoria
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Fires Rage in Victoria

At least 380 small and large fires burned in the Australian state in the first week of March.

Published Mar 7, 2019

Image of the Day Land Floods Remote Sensing

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

Seaweed and Fish World
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Seaweed and Fish World

With floating villages, expansive seaweed farms, and hundreds of thousands of fish cages, Sansha Bay has one of the most extensive aquaculture operations in the world.

Published Mar 6, 2019

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Flooding on the Russian River
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Flooding on the Russian River

Another atmospheric river brought soaking rain to an area that was already saturated, leading to near-historic river crests in Sonoma County, California.

Published Mar 5, 2019

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An Unusually Warm February in the United Kingdom
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An Unusually Warm February in the United Kingdom

England, Scotland, and Wales all recorded their warmest winter day ever in February 2019.

Published Mar 4, 2019

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March Puzzler
Earth Matters

March Puzzler

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

Published Mar 4, 2019 in Earth Matters

Fire on Mount Kenya
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Fire on Mount Kenya

The fire raged on the slopes of Kenya’s highest mountain.

Published Mar 4, 2019

Land Fires

5 Stories from 5 Years of Precipitation Measurements from Space
Earth Matters

5 Stories from 5 Years of Precipitation Measurements from Space

In honor of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission's fifth anniversary, we're highlighting some of our favorite and most unique Earth Observatory stories related to the satellite--from farmers trying to increase crop yields to researchers predicting the spread of fires.

Published Mar 1, 2019 in Earth Matters

Water Snow and Ice

Savage South Georgia
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Savage South Georgia

The remote island may be inhospitable to humans, but it provides a home to major populations of wildlife.

Published Mar 1, 2019

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Cloudy Congo River Basin
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Cloudy Congo River Basin

Moisture and solar heating lead to interesting patterns in one of the cloudiest places on Earth.

Published Mar 1, 2019

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A Break in the Clouds for Europe
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A Break in the Clouds for Europe

Europe stands out in satellite imagery as being one of the cloudiest continents—but not this week.

Published Mar 1, 2019

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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

The Biggest Eruption of 2018 Was Not Where You Think
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The Biggest Eruption of 2018 Was Not Where You Think

Kilauea dominated the headlines of western media, but remote Ambae in Vanuatu blew away other volcanic events.

Published Feb 27, 2019

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Early Flooding Along the Mississippi
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Early Flooding Along the Mississippi

Heavy rains have caused major flooding in areas along the river, and forecasters say there's more to come.

Published Feb 27, 2019

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A Grand Centennial
Earth Matters

A Grand Centennial

NASA Earth Observatory has existed for just one-fifth the time of Grand Canyon National Park, but over those 20 years, satellites and astronauts have captured some magnificent views of the park from above.

Published Feb 26, 2019 in Earth Matters

New Satellite-Based Maps of Mangrove Heights
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New Satellite-Based Maps of Mangrove Heights

Mangrove forests are among the planet’s best carbon scrubbers.

Published Feb 25, 2019

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Fire Burns in Northern Italy
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Fire Burns in Northern Italy

A fire on the slopes of Monte Pisano sent smoke billowing across the coast.

Published Feb 25, 2019

Land Fires Human Presence

Australia’s Disappearing Lakes Disappear Even More
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Australia’s Disappearing Lakes Disappear Even More

The Menindee Lakes in New South Wales are facing extremely low water levels.

Published Feb 25, 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

Shiveluch Smokes Once Again
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Shiveluch Smokes Once Again

In mid-February 2019, the Kamchatkan volcano lofted ash plumes nearly 6 kilometers into the sky.

Published Feb 25, 2019

Volcanoes Remote Sensing

Water Vapor
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Nov 2018

Water Vapor

These maps show the average amount of water vapor in a column of atmosphere by month. Water vapor is the key precursor for rain and snow and one of the most important greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Atmosphere

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

Waikoloa, Hawai’i
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Waikoloa, Hawai’i

Ancient trails, aquaculture ponds, and quaint villages stand alongside old lava flows.

Published Feb 22, 2019

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Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Nov 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

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Nov 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

Living on Lava
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Living on Lava

As Medina has grown during the past three decades, parts of the Saudi city are built atop relatively young lava flows.

Published Feb 22, 2019

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Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2018

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

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

Brazil’s Carajás Mines
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Brazil’s Carajás Mines

The red-brown earth exposed by open pit mines contrast with the greens of the surrounding Amazon forest.

Published Feb 22, 2019

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Unstable Precipitation Leads to Unstable Pastures
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Unstable Precipitation Leads to Unstable Pastures

Fluctuations in rainfall are reducing the ability to sustain cattle on grazing lands.

Published Feb 21, 2019

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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

Shrinking Aral Sea
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Shrinking Aral Sea

Once the fourth-largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea has been slowly disappearing since the 1960s. View how the lake has shrunk over the past few decades.

Published Dec 5, 2018

Land Water Videos

Notes from the Field: VISIONS-2: Imaging Earth’s Portal to Space
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Notes from the Field: VISIONS-2: Imaging Earth’s Portal to Space

NASA scientist Doug Rowland travels with his team to Svalbard, Norway, for the VISIONS-2 sounding rocket campaign. The team will launch two suborbital rockets in order to understand how the aurora heats the atmosphere and “boils” oxygen off into space.

Published Nov 21, 2018 in Notes From the Field

Atmosphere Remote Sensing

Autumn Around the World
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Autumn Around the World

Here are eight places on Earth where the fall foliage wowed us.

Published Oct 23, 2018

Land Remote Sensing

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