Carving Canyons
Image of the Day Jul 14, 2024

Carving Canyons

Erosion, tectonic uplift, and a human-built dam have all helped shape the Upper Lake Powell area in Utah.
Costa Atlántica Reserve
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Costa Atlántica Reserve

Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia’s extreme south, once shaped by ice, is now flanked by a biodiverse coastal zone.

Published Jul 13, 2024

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A Smoky Summer in Amur
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A Smoky Summer in Amur

Fires have been flaring periodically in this eastern region of Russia since May.

Published Jul 10, 2024

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Carriacou After Beryl
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Carriacou After Beryl

The Category 4 hurricane caused widespread damage to infrastructure and vegetation on the Grenadine island.

Published Jul 9, 2024

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Beryl Makes Landfall in Texas
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Beryl Makes Landfall in Texas

The early season hurricane downed trees and cut off power for over two million homes and businesses near Houston.

Published Jul 8, 2024

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A Wide View of Tasmanian Terrain
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A Wide View of Tasmanian Terrain

The island is Australia's smallest state, but its mainland fills the frame of this astronaut photograph.

Published Jul 8, 2024

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NASA Returns to the Beach: How Cancún Grew into a Major Resort
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NASA Returns to the Beach: How Cancún Grew into a Major Resort

Once one of the poorest regions of Mexico, Cancún is now a bustling tourist city with millions of visitors each year.

Published Jul 7, 2024

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NASA Returns to the Beach: Sands and Mats at Padre Island
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NASA Returns to the Beach: Sands and Mats at Padre Island

The barrier island in Texas has much to teach about barrier islands and Martian life.

Published Jul 6, 2024

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NASA Returns to the Beach: Assateague on the Move
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NASA Returns to the Beach: Assateague on the Move

Assateague, Chincoteague, and Wallops provide a rare example of overlapping barrier islands. All of them are constantly in motion.

Published Jul 5, 2024

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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

NASA Returns to the Beach: Wide Wildwood Beaches
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NASA Returns to the Beach: Wide Wildwood Beaches

For many people, there is great joy and good summer business to be found on the widest beach in New Jersey and one of the widest on any coast.

Published Jul 4, 2024

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Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2024

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

NASA Returns to the Beach: Bright Beaches in Florida
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NASA Returns to the Beach: Bright Beaches in Florida

The white sands of Florida’s Emerald Coast beaches are primarily comprised of quartz grains from the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Published Jul 2, 2024

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Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — May 2024

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

Carbon Monoxide
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Nov 2023

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

Hurricane Beryl Hurtles into the Caribbean
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Hurricane Beryl Hurtles into the Caribbean

The powerful Category 4 storm made landfall in the Grenadine Islands on July 1.

Published Jul 1, 2024

Atmosphere Land Severe Storms

Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jul 2002 — May 2024

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

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

Atmosphere Heat Land Life Human Presence Snow and Ice

A River Runs Through Fayzabad
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A River Runs Through Fayzabad

Flanked by mountains, the capital of the Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan lies along a sharp bend in a valley sculpted by the Kokcha River.

Published Jun 30, 2024

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First Stop: Sampling the 2023 Fires in Quebec
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First Stop: Sampling the 2023 Fires in Quebec

A year after Canada's largest wildfire season on record, scientists are collecting field measurements to quantify the fires' carbon emissions.

Published Jun 25, 2024

Heat

June Puzzler
Earth Matters

June Puzzler

Your challenge is to tell us the location of the satellite image and why it is interesting.

Published Jun 18, 2024

Renewable and Alternative Energy
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Renewable and Alternative Energy

People have developed systems to harvest and store energy from sources such as wind, sunlight, and tidal action. Many of these installations are visible from orbit.

Published May 10, 2024

Land Human Presence

Air Quality
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Air Quality

From ground-level ozone to particulate matter to nitrogen dioxide, an array of gasses and particles can affect the air people breathe, with implications for human health.

Published Apr 8, 2024

Atmosphere Human Presence

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

Temperature Extremes 2024
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Temperature Extremes 2024

Warmer-than-average temperatures are showing up locally and globally, with consequences for people, landscapes, and ecosystems.

Published Mar 26, 2024

Heat

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

2024 Fires in the Northern Hemisphere
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2024 Fires in the Northern Hemisphere

Whether sparked by lightning, intentional land-clearing, or human-caused accidents, wildland fires are burning longer and more often in some areas as the world warms.

Published Feb 27, 2024

Atmosphere Land Human Presence

Temperature Extremes 2023
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Temperature Extremes 2023

Warmer-than-average temperatures are showing up locally and globally, with consequences for people, landscapes, and ecosystems.

Published Aug 15, 2023

Heat

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Mar 2024

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

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2024

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

North Atlantic Hurricane Season
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North Atlantic Hurricane Season

The 2023 season runs from June 1 to November 30, with peak activity generally occurring in September.

Published Jun 1, 2023

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