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Florence Inundates the Carolinas
Green River Meanders
Mission to Track Earth's Changing Ice Launches
Typhoon Mangkhut Reaches Luzon
Image of the Day Sep 19, 2018

Florence Inundates the Carolinas

As the Carolinas flood from Hurricane Florence, NASA is providing valuable information for rescue and recovery efforts.

The Complex Evolution of Florence’s Winds
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The Complex Evolution of Florence’s Winds

The hurricane is among the longest-lived cyclones of 2018, and the storm’s winds had plenty of time to rage and ease as they ran into different environmental conditions.

Published Sep 15, 2018

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A View Inside Hurricane Florence
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A View Inside Hurricane Florence

Though flying in a lowered orbit, twelve-year-old CloudSat continues to deliver impressive science data that reveals the vertical structure of clouds.

Published Sep 14, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Mangkhut Bearing Down on The Philippines
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Mangkhut Bearing Down on The Philippines

Officials are planning for significant storm surges and rainfall when the storm reaches Luzon on September 15.

Published Sep 13, 2018

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

Help Make a Better World Land Map with NASA App
Earth Observatory Blogs

Help Make a Better World Land Map with NASA App

Starting this month, you can be part of a project to create more detailed satellite-based global maps of land cover by sharing photos of the world around you in a new NASA citizen science project.

Published Sep 13, 2018 in Earth Matters

Florence Crossing Warm Waters on the Way to the Carolinas
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Florence Crossing Warm Waters on the Way to the Carolinas

Forecasters expect the major hurricane to get a boost of energy from the Gulf Stream.

Published Sep 13, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Snow Cover
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jul 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

Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jun 2002 — Jun 2018

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

Awesome, Frightening Views of Hurricane Florence
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Awesome, Frightening Views of Hurricane Florence

The potent category 3 storm is headed for landfall in the southeastern coast of the United States.

Published Sep 12, 2018

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jun 2006 — Jul 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

Typhoon Mangkhut
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Typhoon Mangkhut

The severe storm is predicted to graze the northern Philippines before taking aim at Hong Kong and southeastern China.

Published Sep 12, 2018

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

Watery Heatwave Cooks the Gulf of Maine
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Watery Heatwave Cooks the Gulf of Maine

Extreme water temperatures in 2018 fit with a much longer trend in the region, which is among the fastest-warming parts of the global ocean.

Published Sep 12, 2018

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Carbon Monoxide
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jan 2017

Carbon Monoxide

When fuels such as coal, wood, and oil burn incompletely, they produce carbon monoxide. The gas is spread by winds and circulation. These maps show monthly averages of CO in the lower atmosphere.

Atmosphere

Circuit Paul Ricard
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Circuit Paul Ricard

The famous track in southeastern France has hosted the Grand Prix fifteen times.

Published Sep 11, 2018

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Trouble Brewing in the Atlantic
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Trouble Brewing in the Atlantic

As three hurricanes churn, Florence has forecasters on edge.

Published Sep 10, 2018

Atmosphere Severe Storms

Beached Bergs in Alaska
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Beached Bergs in Alaska

Glaciers shed icebergs throughout summer, and the icy bodies collect at the beach.

Published Sep 10, 2018

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Converting Savannahs into Soybeans
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Converting Savannahs into Soybeans

In Brazil, vast wild areas have been converted into farms, producing a major protein-packed cash crop but also endangering wildlife.

Published Sep 9, 2018

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Yet Another Fire in Northern California
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Yet Another Fire in Northern California

The fast-moving Delta Fire is one of several that have cast a pall of smoke over the region this summer.

Published Sep 8, 2018

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Demise of a Quake Lake
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Demise of a Quake Lake

Erosion is causing the slow disappearance of a lake that formed after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

Published Sep 7, 2018

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Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jul 2018

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

“Snow Swamp” on Lowell Glacier
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“Snow Swamp” on Lowell Glacier

A large expanse of snow on the Canadian glacier melted in just four days due to warm temperatures.

Published Sep 6, 2018

Image of the Day Heat Land Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Japan’s Waters Run Brown after Typhoon Jebi
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Japan’s Waters Run Brown after Typhoon Jebi

Rivers and bays were loaded with sediment and mud following the damaging storm.

Published Sep 5, 2018

Water Severe Storms Human Presence

Decades of Growth at Port of Busan
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Decades of Growth at Port of Busan

The South Korean port is among the busiest in the world.

Published Sep 5, 2018

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Between the Ripples of the Namib Sand Sea
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Between the Ripples of the Namib Sand Sea

Scattered in a sea of sand, inselbergs in Namibia host ecology uniquely influenced by fog.

Published Sep 4, 2018

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Summer Ship Tracks in the Pacific
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Summer Ship Tracks in the Pacific

Summer is the time for ship tracks—especially off the west coast of North America.

Published Sep 3, 2018

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River of the Strait
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River of the Strait

Cars, commerce, and countries connect along the Detroit River.

Published Sep 2, 2018

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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

Vredefort Crater
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Vredefort Crater

The world’s oldest and largest known impact structure shows some of the most extreme deformation conditions known on Earth.

Published Sep 1, 2018

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The Scars of Mendocino
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The Scars of Mendocino

Scarring of the landscape is evident in the wake of the largest wildfire in California history.

Published Aug 31, 2018

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August Auroras Light Up North American Skies
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August Auroras Light Up North American Skies

An unexpected aurora colored the skies of Canada and northern U.S. states.

Published Aug 30, 2018

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Living the Mars Life on Mauna Loa
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Living the Mars Life on Mauna Loa

On months-long Mars analog missions in Hawaii, donning mock space suits to explore lava flows and other geological formations is often a high point.

Published Aug 29, 2018

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

August Puzzler
Earth Observatory Blogs

August Puzzler

Your challenge is to tell us what we are looking at and why this place is interesting.

Published Aug 28, 2018 in Earth Matters

Last Glacier Standing in Venezuela
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Last Glacier Standing in Venezuela

Humboldt Glacier in the remote tropical Andes is going, going, and nearly gone.

Published Aug 27, 2018

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

How Scientists are Tracking Florida's Red Tides with Satellites and Smartphones
Earth Observatory Blogs

How Scientists are Tracking Florida's Red Tides with Satellites and Smartphones

Beaches are littered with fish carcasses as Florida confronts one of the worst red tide outbreak in a decade.

Published Aug 24, 2018 in Earth Matters

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

Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jan 2000 — Jan 2017

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

Just Another Day on Aerosol Earth
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Just Another Day on Aerosol Earth

During one day in August, tropical cyclones, dust storms, and fires spread tiny particles throughout the atmosphere.

Published Aug 24, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Human Presence Remote Sensing

The Unsung Woman Who Discovered an Unknown Island
Earth Observatory Blogs

The Unsung Woman Who Discovered an Unknown Island

"It took me 20 years to get to the level I should have been hired at, but that doesn't change the fact that I really enjoyed my work." -- Betty Fleming

Published Aug 22, 2018 in Earth Matters

Padma River: The Shape of Erosion
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Padma River: The Shape of Erosion

From 1988 to the present, Landsat satellites have seen changes in shape, size, and position of the Padma River in Bangladesh. View the river's transformations over the past three decades.

Published Aug 21, 2018

Land Water

This Twilight Zone is Dark, Watery, and Full of Intrigue
Earth Observatory Blogs

This Twilight Zone is Dark, Watery, and Full of Intrigue

Oceanographers are studying the mysteries of the ocean layer that lies just below the sunlit surface.

Published Aug 20, 2018 in Notes From the Field

World of Change: Padma River
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World of Change: Padma River

One of the major rivers of Bangladesh has been growing in size, transforming in shape, and changing in location for decades. Each twist and zigzag of the river tells a different geologic story about the power of erosion.

Published Jul 31, 2018

Land Water Remote Sensing World of Change

Patriotic Places from Orbit
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Patriotic Places from Orbit

On July 4, United States citizens celebrate the nation’s independence. EO does the same by visiting five places with historical significance.

Published Jul 3, 2018

Land Videos

Kilauea From Orbit
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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

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