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Great, Warm Lakes
Methane Emissions Continue to Rise
Satellites Size Up Bubbles of Methane in Lake Ice
Rare Peek at Patagonia in Winter
Image of the Day Jul 16, 2020

Great, Warm Lakes

Just a few months after an unusually warm winter with minimal ice, the surface temperatures of the lakes are now near or above records.

Great, Warm Lakes
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Great, Warm Lakes

Just a few months after an unusually warm winter with minimal ice, the surface temperatures of the lakes are now near or above records.

Published Jul 15, 2020

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Methane Emissions Continue to Rise
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Methane Emissions Continue to Rise

Rapid growth from 2008–2017 built upon the rise in the atmospheric concentration of the gas that has been happening for more than a century.

Published Jul 14, 2020

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Cloudy Curls
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Cloudy Curls

Von Kármán vortices make another appearance near the Canary Islands.

Published Jul 10, 2020

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Satellites Size Up Bubbles of Methane in Lake Ice
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Satellites Size Up Bubbles of Methane in Lake Ice

Synthetic Aperture Radar is offering scientists a new way to measure how much of the potent greenhouse gas is bubbling up from frozen Arctic lakes.

Published Jul 10, 2020

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

Rare Peek at Patagonia in Winter
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Rare Peek at Patagonia in Winter

In June 2020, just the right weather patterns were in place to provide a clear view of the snowy landscape.

Published Jul 10, 2020

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Lake Rukwa, Tanzania
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Lake Rukwa, Tanzania

One of the smaller lakes of the East African Rift is rich with mud, fish, and geologic beauty.

Published Jul 10, 2020

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Faint Glow, Clear Signal from Plants
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Faint Glow, Clear Signal from Plants

As scientists detect plant fluorescence in better detail, they inch closer to helping farmers respond to extreme weather and close in on understanding how carbon cycles through ecosystems.

Published Jul 9, 2020

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Of Mosquitoes and Models: Tracking Disease by Satellite
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Of Mosquitoes and Models: Tracking Disease by Satellite

A few decades ago, the idea of predicting a disease outbreak via satellite was science fiction. But today, researchers can use environmental data to predict when and where some diseases are likely to spread.

Published Jul 9, 2020

Life Human Presence Remote Sensing

Another Lively Season of Night-Shining Clouds
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Another Lively Season of Night-Shining Clouds

Extremely cold and wet conditions in the mesosphere have led to abundant noctilucent clouds.

Published Jul 8, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Remote Sensing

Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jul 2002 — May 2020

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

Fueled by the Nile
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Fueled by the Nile

Irrigation from Lake Nasser, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes, has increased the amount of arable land and crop production in Egypt.

Published Jul 7, 2020

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Nishinoshima Belches Ash and Lava
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Nishinoshima Belches Ash and Lava

A young volcanic island in the western Pacific Ocean has been going through some growing pains.

Published Jul 6, 2020

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Pacific Northwest Bathed in Green and White
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Pacific Northwest Bathed in Green and White

The Olympic Peninsula, Cascade Mountains, and Salish Sea caught the eye of an astronaut on the space station.

Published Jul 3, 2020

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Shifting Seasons on the Steppe
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Shifting Seasons on the Steppe

Linear features in the Kulunda region of southwestern Russia look as if a large claw has scraped the land surface.

Published Jul 2, 2020

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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

Landslide Blocks Rio Colca
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Landslide Blocks Rio Colca

In Peru, a landslide damaged farmland and stopped the flow of an important local river.

Published Jul 2, 2020

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A Clearer View of Hazy Skies
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A Clearer View of Hazy Skies

Industrialization has brought incredible societal advances and difficult pollution problems. From space, we can see skies clearing in some regions and darkening in others. The thin blue line of our atmosphere is still quite vulnerable.

Published Jun 24, 2014

Atmosphere Human Presence Remote Sensing

Scouting Watering Holes from Space
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Scouting Watering Holes from Space

Satellites may make it easier for nomadic herders in Senegal to survive the lean season.

Published Jul 1, 2020

Image of the Day Land Water Remote Sensing

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

June Puzzler
Earth Matters

June Puzzler

Every month on Earth Matters, we offer a puzzling satellite image. Your challenge is to tell us what we are looking at, where it is, and why it is interesting.

Published Jun 30, 2020 in Earth Matters

A Dust Plume to Remember
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A Dust Plume to Remember

While dust routinely blows across the Atlantic Ocean, scientists rarely see plumes as large and dense with particles as the one that darkened Caribbean skies in June 2020.

Published Jun 29, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Dust and Haze Remote Sensing

Into the Ice
Notes from the Field

Into the Ice

MOSAiC expedition scientists returned to the Arctic sea-ice pack, greeted by a surprisingly distinct boundary between the open ocean and pack ice.

Published Jun 29, 2020 in Notes From the Field

Johns Hopkins Glacier
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Johns Hopkins Glacier

While most glaciers in southeast Alaska are losing an astounding amount of ice, this glacier has been relatively stable.

Published Jun 29, 2020

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NASA, ESA, and JAXA Provide Global Observations of COVID-19 Impacts
Earth Matters

NASA, ESA, and JAXA Provide Global Observations of COVID-19 Impacts

The web platform combines the collective scientific power of the agencies' Earth-observing satellites to document changes in the environment and society during the pandemic.

Published Jun 29, 2020 in Earth Matters

Water

Channeling a Bloom
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Channeling a Bloom

Unusually clear skies and persistent, unseasonable heat may have set the stage for large and persistent blooms of phytoplankton in the waters around England.

Published Jun 26, 2020

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Cuba’s Gulf of Guacanayabo
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Cuba’s Gulf of Guacanayabo

Sediments flowing into the bay from the Río Cauto have built up an impressive delta and even helped bury a reef.

Published Jun 26, 2020

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Space Station Sails Across the Sun
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Space Station Sails Across the Sun

A NASA photographer captured the ISS as it passed directly between the Sun and Earth.

Published Jun 26, 2020

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Ankara at Night
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Ankara at Night

Bright shades of white and yellow light up the geographic and political heart of Turkey.

Published Jun 26, 2020

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Farewells
Notes from the Field

Farewells

Leg 4 scientists and crew with the MOSAiC expedition have finally headed for the Arctic ice pack.

Published Jun 25, 2020 in Notes From the Field

Signs of Drought in European Groundwater
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Signs of Drought in European Groundwater

Long-term rainfall deficits, heat waves, and increased evaporation have depleted some of the groundwater supply beneath central and eastern Europe.

Published Jun 25, 2020

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Contrasting Landscape in Namibia
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Contrasting Landscape in Namibia

The town of Mariental sits at the convergence of the Kalahari Desert and the Central Plateau.

Published Jun 24, 2020

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Heat and Fire Scorches Siberia
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Heat and Fire Scorches Siberia

Fires are raging in eastern Siberia in the midst of an unusually long-lived heat wave.

Published Jun 23, 2020

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Volcanic Emissions Can Change Clouds
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Volcanic Emissions Can Change Clouds

The volcanoes of the remote South Sandwich Islands make an ideal natural laboratory for studying how airborne particles alter clouds.

Published Jun 19, 2020

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Dust Traverses the Atlantic Ocean
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Dust Traverses the Atlantic Ocean

A tremendous plume of dust from North Africa drifts toward the Caribbean and contiguous United States.

Published Jun 19, 2020

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Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — May 2020

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

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — May 2020

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

Mogadishu, Somalia
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Mogadishu, Somalia

An array of sandy colors paint the landscape around the capital and port city.

Published Jun 19, 2020

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Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — May 2020

Aerosol Optical Depth

Airborne aerosols can cause or prevent cloud formation and harm human health. These maps depict aerosol concentrations in the air based on how the tiny particles reflect or absorb visible and infrared light.

Atmosphere

Lonar Lake Tries On a Rosy Color
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Lonar Lake Tries On a Rosy Color

The lake in west-central India promptly changed from green to pink, and the reason why remains a mystery.

Published Jun 18, 2020

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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

Southeastern Australia Turns Green
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Southeastern Australia Turns Green

After two years of severe drought, abundant rain finally fell over the Australian state and turned the landscape green.

Published Jun 18, 2020

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Bush Fire Scorches Lands Near Phoenix
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Bush Fire Scorches Lands Near Phoenix

The blaze is the largest in Arizona this year and the largest in the United States right now.

Published Jun 16, 2020

Image of the Day Heat Land Fires Human Presence 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 Jun 2, 2020

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — May 2020

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

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

Applied Sciences Collection
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Applied Sciences Collection

NASA satellites and sensors constantly take the pulse of our planet. Researchers apply those observations on local and regional scales to better manage things like food and water supplies, health, safety, land use, and ecosystems.

Published May 1, 2020

Human Presence Remote Sensing

Tournament Earth - Best of EO
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Tournament Earth - Best of EO

After five rounds and 56,000 votes, the readers have chosen their favorite. We have a Tournament Earth 2020 champion.

Published Apr 28, 2020

Human Presence Remote Sensing

Choose Your Champion: Tournament Earth 2020
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Choose Your Champion: Tournament Earth 2020

Vote for your favorite all-time Earth Observatory image. Help narrow the field from 32 nominees down to one champion in a five-round tournament.

Published Mar 26, 2020

Atmosphere Land Life Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing Videos