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From Russia with Aerosols
The Water is Wider
Cape Town’s Reservoirs Rebound
One Year Adrift, but Not Far
Image of the Day Jul 19, 2018

From Russia with Aerosols

Unusually intense fires in Russia sent smoke half-way around the world.

Remarkable Images of the Kilauea Eruption You May Have Missed
Earth Observatory Blogs

Remarkable Images of the Kilauea Eruption You May Have Missed

More data and imagery of the eruption is flowing in than Earth Observatory can cover, but here are a few striking images that we would be remiss not to share.

Published Jul 17, 2018

Iceberg Towers over Greenland Village
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Iceberg Towers over Greenland Village

In July 2018, an iceberg weighing 11 million tons parked just offshore of Innaarsuit, a small island village in northwestern Greenland.

Published Jul 17, 2018

Unique Imagery Snow and Ice

Spruce Beetles in Alaska
Earth Observatory Blogs

Spruce Beetles in Alaska

This summer, scientists headed to south-central Alaska to collect airborne and ground-based data on the ongoing spruce beetle outbreak.

Published Jul 16, 2018

Connemara National Park
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Connemara National Park

Sculpted by ice ages, the west coast of Ireland is rich in rugged natural beauty.

Published Jul 15, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water

Churning in the Chukchi Sea
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Churning in the Chukchi Sea

The waters off of the Alaskan coast usually come alive each spring with colorful swirls of phytoplankton.

Published Jul 14, 2018

Image of the Day Water Remote Sensing

Fires in a Dry, Hot Colorado Summer
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Fires in a Dry, Hot Colorado Summer

Dry, hot conditions in Colorado helped lead to the state’s third-largest wildfire in history.

Published Jul 13, 2018

Image of the Day Land Fires Human Presence Remote Sensing

Hail Cuts Swaths of Damage Across South Dakota
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Hail Cuts Swaths of Damage Across South Dakota

When thunderstorms drive hail and strong winds over crops and grasslands, they can draw long scars across the landscape.

Published Jul 12, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Severe Storms Human Presence Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Jan 2000 — Mar 2018

Cloud Fraction

In addition to making rain and snow, clouds can have a warming or cooling influence depending on their altitude, type, and when they form. These maps show what fraction of an area was cloudy each month.

Atmosphere

Hurricane Chris
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Hurricane Chris

Tropical Storm Chris intensified off the coast of the eastern United States and became the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

Published Jul 11, 2018

Atmosphere Severe Storms

Powerful Typhoon Heads for China
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Powerful Typhoon Heads for China

Once a super typhoon, the still powerful typhoon Maria brings damaging high winds and heavy rains towards Taiwan and eastern China.

Published Jul 11, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water 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

Severe Rainfall and Flooding in Japan
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Severe Rainfall and Flooding in Japan

Storms and heavy rains causes Japan’s worst flooding disaster in 35 years.

Published Jul 10, 2018

Image of the Day Land Floods Severe Storms Human Presence Remote Sensing

Snow Cover
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2018

Snow Cover

Snow and ice influences 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

Glory of the Pilot
Earth Observatory Blogs

Glory of the Pilot

Pilots and passengers on aircraft have a good chance of seeing a glory, earning this colorful optical phenomenon the name “glory of the pilot” or “pilot’s halo.”

Published Jul 9, 2018

Satellites Investigate Irrigation in a Stressed Aquifer
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Satellites Investigate Irrigation in a Stressed Aquifer

Using Landsat to track patterns in irrigation may help water managers sketch out a more sustainable future for the Ogallala Aquifer in the central United States.

Published Jul 9, 2018

Image of the Day Land Life Human Presence

Marseille, France
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Marseille, France

The ancient city has been a bustling trade center for more than 2,000 years.

Published Jul 8, 2018

Image of the Day Land Life Water Human Presence

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
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Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

One of the largest salt pans in the world spreads across northern Botswana, offering critical seasonal oases for mammals and birds.

Published Jul 7, 2018

Image of the Day Land

Volcanic Mood Rings
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Volcanic Mood Rings

Kelimutu volcano is home to the unique crater lakes known to change color unpredictably.

Published Jul 6, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water

County Fire Lights Up the Night
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County Fire Lights Up the Night

As smoke streamed toward San Francisco, more than 1,000 fire personnel were at the scene fighting the blaze.

Published Jul 5, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Fires Human Presence Remote Sensing

Colonial National Historical Park
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Colonial National Historical Park

The colonial communities of “America’s historic triangle” played defining roles in the road to American independence.

Published Jul 4, 2018

Image of the Day Land Life Human Presence

Forecasting Fire
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Forecasting Fire

NASA researchers have created a model that analyzes various weather conditions, including rainfall, to predict the formation and spread of fires.

Published Jul 3, 2018

Image of the Day Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

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

Amazon Meanders in Sunglint
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Amazon Meanders in Sunglint

The largest river in the world is full of bends and meanders, a result of the water course snaking back and forth across the landscape over time.

Published Jul 2, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water

Here Comes the Saharan Dust
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Here Comes the Saharan Dust

The dust in the skies over the Caribbean and Southern United States has distant origins.

Published Jul 1, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Dust and Haze Remote Sensing

Rare Fair Skies Over All of the UK and Ireland
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Rare Fair Skies Over All of the UK and Ireland

One of the cloudier places on Earth bathed in clear sunshine for a day.

Published Jun 30, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Vegetation
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Mar 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

Red Clay Runoff in Lake Superior
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Red Clay Runoff in Lake Superior

After torrential flooding the upper Midwest, sediment runoff discolors Lake Superior.

Published Jun 29, 2018

Land Water Floods Human Presence Water Color

Air Pollution on the Move in India
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Air Pollution on the Move in India

Wind patterns in October and November each year carry air pollution from northern India to central parts of the country.

Published Jun 29, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

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

The Sounds of Satellites
Earth Observatory Blogs

The Sounds of Satellites

Artists working with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory want to envelop you in sounds linked to the orbits of NASA's fleet of Earth science satellites.

Published Jun 28, 2018

Heat Lingers from Fuego’s Deadly Pyroclastic Debris Flows
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Heat Lingers from Fuego’s Deadly Pyroclastic Debris Flows

A jumble of hot ash, rock, and soil poured down the slopes of the Guatemalan volcano in early June. Weeks later, satellites continued to detect elevated temperatures in the thick deposits.

Published Jun 28, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Land Volcanoes Human Presence Remote Sensing

Pawnee Fire, Northern California
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Pawnee Fire, Northern California

Temperature, humidity, and winds contributed to the rapid spread of fire in Lake County, about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento.

Published Jun 27, 2018

Image of the Day Land Fires Human Presence Remote Sensing

Going, Going, Gone: Summer Clears Ice from Krasnoye Lake
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Going, Going, Gone: Summer Clears Ice from Krasnoye Lake

Volcanic glass found on the beaches of this lake in northeastern Siberia left a mark on the archaeological record.

Published Jun 26, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water Snow and Ice

Fighting Back the Sea
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Fighting Back the Sea

Extensive engineering projects help fend off the North Sea at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta.

Published Jun 24, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Southern Soaker
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Southern Soaker

A tropical system dumps nearly a foot of water over many parts of southeastern Texas.

Published Jun 22, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Floods Human Presence Remote Sensing

Mississippi's Pulliam Prairie
Earth Observatory Blogs

Mississippi's Pulliam Prairie

This ground-based photograph shows one of the more significant remnants of Black Belt prairie.

Published Jun 21, 2018

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

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jun 2006 — Mar 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

April 2018 Highlights
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April 2018 Highlights

Astronauts regularly shoot photographs of their earthly home. In celebration of National Astronaut Day, NASA Earth Observatory presents some recent eye-catchers from the International Space Station.

Published May 4, 2018

Land Water Snow and Ice Videos

March 2018 Highlights
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March 2018 Highlights

In March 2018, NASA Earth Observatory published satellite images, maps, and data visualizations as "Image of the Day." Here are five of our favorites.

Published Apr 9, 2018

Land Water Videos

Melting Beauty: The Icefields of Patagonia
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Melting Beauty: The Icefields of Patagonia

The Patagonian icefields stretch for hundreds of kilometers atop the Andes mountain range in South America. Change here is rapid, as the icefields are melting away at some of the highest rates on the planet.

Published Mar 27, 2018

Snow and Ice

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 Oct 5, 2000

Land Life

International Collaborative Experiments for Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (ICE-POP)
Journal

International Collaborative Experiments for Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (ICE-POP)

Scientists have brought together sensors from all over the world, including a radar from NASA, to Pyeongchang, South Korea. Data collected with the instruments during the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are expected to help scientists understand precipitation processes and to improve weather predictions.

Published Feb 14, 2018

Water Snow and Ice

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