Wetlands of Adair Bay
Image of the Day Nov 27, 2022

Wetlands of Adair Bay

The estuary system marks the transition between the Great Altar Desert in northwestern Mexico and the Gulf of California.
From Patches to Pies, Illinois Knows Pumpkins
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From Patches to Pies, Illinois Knows Pumpkins

Much of the canned pumpkin that ends up in Thanksgiving pies and soups came from Central Illinois. 

Published Nov 25, 2022

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Cranberry Bogs in Plymouth County
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Cranberry Bogs in Plymouth County

Massachusetts has a long-standing relationship with one of Thanksgiving’s iconic foods—the cranberry.

Published Nov 24, 2022

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Idaho’s Potato Belt
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Idaho’s Potato Belt

Almost one-third of American potatoes are grown in the Snake River Plain, a belt of low-lying land in the southern part of the state.

Published Nov 23, 2022

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Dusty Copper River Delta
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Dusty Copper River Delta

Plumes from this part of Alaska happen in autumn when winds are strong, water levels are low, and snow has not yet blanketed the floodplain.

Published Nov 22, 2022

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The Colorado River Cuts a Canyon
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The Colorado River Cuts a Canyon

Over millions of years, the mighty river carved through old sedimentary rocks even as the landmass was rising.

Published Nov 20, 2022

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Stadium City Qatar
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Stadium City Qatar

Several new stadiums were built in and around Doha for the World Cup.

Published Nov 19, 2022

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More Flooding in Australia’s Soggy Southeast
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More Flooding in Australia’s Soggy Southeast

After an extremely wet October, storms in November 2022 have added to ongoing flooding across New South Wales and Victoria.

Published Nov 18, 2022

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Strait of Tartary in Autumn
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Strait of Tartary in Autumn

Sediment and dissolved organic matter carried by the Amur River contribute to the colorful waters visible in the strait.

Published Nov 18, 2022

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Carbonate Swirls Spin from the Bahamas
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Carbonate Swirls Spin from the Bahamas

Hurricane Nicole turned the shallow waters along the Abaco Islands into an eddy factory.

Published Nov 17, 2022

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Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jul 2002 — May 2022

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

Arctic Cyclones to Intensify as Climate Warms
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Arctic Cyclones to Intensify as Climate Warms

Scientists project that sea ice loss and rapidly warming temperatures will cause storms in the far north to intensify by the end of this century.

Published Nov 16, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Sep 2022

Snow Cover

Snow and ice influence climate by reflecting sunlight back into space. When it melts, snow is a source of water for drinking and vegetation; too much snowmelt can lead to floods. These maps show average snow cover by month.

Snow and Ice

Snow Blankets Yosemite National Park
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Snow Blankets Yosemite National Park

The park and surrounding areas of the Central Sierra Nevada turned white after the season’s first significant winter storm.

Published Nov 15, 2022

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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

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Sep 2022

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

Seasonal Greening of the Inner Niger Delta
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Seasonal Greening of the Inner Niger Delta

A burst of green overtakes the normally brown landscape of central Mali as vegetation takes advantage of the seasonal inflow of water.

Published Nov 14, 2022

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EO On This Day
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EO On This Day

In honor of our site anniversary, we offer a selection of some of the most beautiful, newsworthy, interesting, and scientifically important images from 23 years online — one image for each day of the calendar year.

Published Apr 26, 2022

Atmosphere Heat Land Life Water Snow and Ice

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

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World of Change
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World of Change

NASA satellites document how our world—forests, oceans, human landscapes, even the Sun—changes over months, seasons, and years.

Published Apr 29, 2009

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Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Sep 2022

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

Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Aug 2022

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

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

Fire
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Sep 2022

Fire

Whether started by humans (farming, logging, or accidents) or by nature (lightning), fires are always burning somewhere on Earth. These maps show the locations of fires burning around the world each month.

Land

Tournament Earth: Elemental Edition—Finals
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Tournament Earth: Elemental Edition—Finals

For the third time in a decade, the winner hails from the Canary Islands.

Published Mar 1, 2022

Human Presence Remote Sensing

NASA Earth Observatory Goes to the Beach
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NASA Earth Observatory Goes to the Beach

Summer is beach season in the northern hemisphere. But even if you're a regular at your local swimming hole, you probably haven't seen too many beaches from this perspective. See the satellite and space-station views of various shorelines from across the United States. No sunblock necessary.

Published Jul 22, 2021

Land Videos

A Celebration of Clouds: From Space, Earth Has an Elegant Atmosphere
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A Celebration of Clouds: From Space, Earth Has an Elegant Atmosphere

Clouds can be a nuisance when scientists are trying to observe features on Earth's surface. But at other times, clouds are exactly what they want to see. These images highlight some of the more unusual and beautiful clouds observed in recent years from space.

Published Jun 21, 2021

Atmosphere 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 Aug 28, 2020

Land Life

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