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Phytoplankton May Be Abundant Under Antarctic Sea Ice
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Phytoplankton May Be Abundant Under Antarctic Sea Ice

New evidence shows that a sufficient amount of daylight penetrates the ice to sustain blooms of floating, plant-like organisms.

Published Nov 29, 2022

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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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An Oceanic and Atmospheric Potpourri
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An Oceanic and Atmospheric Potpourri

Smoke, cloud wakes, and an abundance of phytoplankton off the coast of Chile punctuate this spring scene.

Published Nov 5, 2022

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Deforestation Follows a Road Through Ucayali
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Deforestation Follows a Road Through Ucayali

A remote oil and logging road first established in eastern Peru in the 1980s has become a hub for forest clearing.

Published Oct 25, 2022

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Vegetation
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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.

Mar 2000 — Aug 2022

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