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Countdown to Calving at Brunt Ice Shelf
A Strong Start to Sierra Snowpack
Missouri Plateau
Cologne, Germany
Image of the Day Feb 20, 2019

Countdown to Calving at Brunt Ice Shelf

Cracks growing across the ice shelf are poised to release an iceberg about twice size of New York City.

Llullaillaco Volcano
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Llullaillaco Volcano

The dry climate around the world's second tallest volcano provides a good habitat for preserving archeological discoveries.

Published Feb 14, 2019

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From Earth with Love
Earth Matters

From Earth with Love

Heart-shaped features show up across the planet, from the desert in Dubai to a glacier in Greenland.

Published Feb 14, 2019 in Earth Matters

Love is in the Air
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Love is in the Air

This Valentine in the sky is the visible expression of fluid dynamics at work.

Published Feb 13, 2019

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Dusty, Smoky Skies in Australia
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Dusty, Smoky Skies in Australia

The dust reddened the skies over Sydney and turned air quality hazardous over parts of New South Wales.

Published Feb 13, 2019

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The Ozone Hole: Closing the Gap
Article

The Ozone Hole: Closing the Gap

After thinning at alarming rates in the 1980s and 90s, the ozone layer over Antarctica is starting to recover. Watch how ozone concentrations in the stratosphere have changed from 1979 through 2018.

Published Feb 13, 2019

Atmosphere Human Presence Remote Sensing World of Change Videos

Beyond the Galapagos with Darwin
Earth Matters

Beyond the Galapagos with Darwin

The Galapagos was just one part of a much longer journey for Charles Darwin and the Beagle.

Published Feb 12, 2019 in Earth Matters

Astronauts Photograph Brazil Mine Tailings Disaster
Earth Matters

Astronauts Photograph Brazil Mine Tailings Disaster

Astronauts photographed the aftermath of a destructive dam collapse and flood in Brazil.

Published Feb 12, 2019 in Earth Matters

China and India Lead the Way in Greening
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China and India Lead the Way in Greening

Ambitious tree-planting programs and intensified agriculture have led to more land area covered in vegetation.

Published Feb 11, 2019

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Summer Floods in Australia
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Summer Floods in Australia

Weeks of rainfall pounded Queensland in January and February 2019, causing destructive flooding in the region.

Published Feb 11, 2019

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Ancient Rocks, Modern Dunes
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Ancient Rocks, Modern Dunes

In the arid interior of Yemen, ancient rocks stand astride dry river beds and mighty sand dunes.

Published Feb 8, 2019

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Net Primary Productivity
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 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

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

Alaska in Flux: Slumping Coastlines
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Alaska in Flux: Slumping Coastlines

Erosion is one of the major changes to the state’s landscape in recent decades.

Published Feb 8, 2019

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Where Batteries Begin
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Where Batteries Begin

Chile’s Salar de Atacama has the world’s largest reserve of lithium, which is a key ingredient in rechargeable batteries.

Published Feb 8, 2019

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Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Nov 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

Drought then Deluge Turned a Stable Landslide into Disaster
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Drought then Deluge Turned a Stable Landslide into Disaster

“Stable landslide” sounds like a contradiction in terms, but there are indeed places on Earth where land has been creeping downhill slowly and harmlessly for as long as a century.

Published Feb 7, 2019

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News Roundup: Shutdown Catch Up Edition
Earth Matters

News Roundup: Shutdown Catch Up Edition

In case you missed it, here is a quick look at some of the big stories we didn't cover during the impasse.

Published Feb 7, 2019 in Earth Matters

Snow and Ice

Wild Winter Temperature Swings
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Wild Winter Temperature Swings

The bitter cold that gripped the eastern half of the United States has been replaced by record-warmth.

Published Feb 6, 2019

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2018 Was the Fourth Warmest Year, Continuing Long Warming Trend
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2018 Was the Fourth Warmest Year, Continuing Long Warming Trend

The past five years have been the warmest years in the modern record, and 18 of the 19 warmest years have occurred since 2000.

Published Feb 6, 2019

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Cuba Meteor Spotted from Space
Earth Matters

Cuba Meteor Spotted from Space

Satellites detected a debris cloud and the flash from a meteor that exploded over Cuba.

Published Feb 5, 2019 in Earth Matters

Floods Soak Argentine Farmland
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Floods Soak Argentine Farmland

Some areas received a year’s worth of rain in the first two weeks of January.

Published Feb 5, 2019

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Time Traveling to the Triassic
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Time Traveling to the Triassic

Fossil remains in Argentina's Talampaya and Ischigualasto Natural Parks document the origins of mammals and dinosaurs.

Published Feb 4, 2019

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Another Deadly Dam Collapse in Brazil
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Another Deadly Dam Collapse in Brazil

A torrent of waste sludge from an iron mine has devastated a small town in Minas Gerais.

Published Feb 1, 2019

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A Haircut for Puerto Rico’s Forests
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A Haircut for Puerto Rico’s Forests

A research team has found that 40 to 60 percent of the tall trees surveyed on the island either lost large branches, were snapped in half, or were uprooted by strong winds from Hurricane Maria.

Published Feb 1, 2019

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Water, Water, Everywhere!
EO Kids

Water, Water, Everywhere!

In this issue EO Kids explores water all over Earth, from glaciers to groundwater.

Published Jan 31, 2019 in EO Kids

Blistering Summer in Australia
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Blistering Summer in Australia

A series of heatwaves has been breaking temperature records across the nation.

Published Jan 31, 2019

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Icy Moose River
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Icy Moose River

This photograph, taken near the northernmost extent of the space station’s orbit, shows ice growth in the midst of freezing season near James Bay in northern Ontario.

Published Jan 30, 2019

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Etna Awakens on its Side
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Etna Awakens on its Side

Lava and ash spewed from a new fissure on the southeastern side of the volcano.

Published Jan 29, 2019

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Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2018

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

Arctic Weather Plunges into North America
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Arctic Weather Plunges into North America

The culprit is a familiar one: the polar vortex.

Published Jan 29, 2019

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Fortnight Fires in Tasmania
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Fortnight Fires in Tasmania

Smoke is visible as far away as New Zealand.

Published Jan 28, 2019

Heat Floods

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

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Jun 2002 — Sep 2011

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly

These maps depict how much hotter or cooler an ocean basin was compared to the long-term average. Temperature anomalies can indicate changes in ocean circulation or the arrival of patterns like El Niño and La Niña.

Heat Water

ICESat-2 Sees the Trees in Mexico
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ICESat-2 Sees the Trees in Mexico

The satellite measures more than just polar ice; it also makes detailed elevation measurements over the planet’s tropical and temperate latitudes.

Published Jan 28, 2019

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Summer Bloom in the Argentine Sea
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Summer Bloom in the Argentine Sea

The milky green and blue phytoplankton developed where warmer, saltier coastal waters from the subtropics meet colder, fresher waters flowing from the south.

Published Dec 21, 2018

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Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2018

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

Watercolor Painting of Water Colors
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Watercolor Painting of Water Colors

A colorful image of the Arabian Sea shows the various types of activities occurring in the waters.

Published Dec 21, 2018

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Total Rainfall
Global Maps Jan 1998 — Aug 2016

Total Rainfall

These maps depict monthly total rainfall around the world. Rainfall is the primary source of fresh water for humans, plants, and animals. Rain also moves heat between the atmosphere, oceans, and land.

Atmosphere

O Christmas Tree! from Space
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O Christmas Tree! from Space

Shaped like an evergreen conifer, Lake Dukan is the largest lake in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Published Dec 21, 2018

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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

All of You on the Good Earth
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All of You on the Good Earth

These iconic photos are not new, but their message never gets old.

Published Dec 21, 2018

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Shrinking Aral Sea
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Shrinking Aral Sea

Once the fourth-largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea has been slowly disappearing since the 1960s. View how the lake has shrunk over the past few decades.

Published Dec 5, 2018

Land Water

Notes from the Field: VISIONS-2: Imaging Earth’s Portal to Space
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Notes from the Field: VISIONS-2: Imaging Earth’s Portal to Space

NASA scientist Doug Rowland travels with his team to Svalbard, Norway, for the VISIONS-2 sounding rocket campaign. The team will launch two suborbital rockets in order to understand how the aurora heats the atmosphere and “boils” oxygen off into space.

Published Nov 21, 2018 in Notes From the Field

Atmosphere Remote Sensing

Autumn Around the World
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Autumn Around the World

Here are eight places on Earth where the fall foliage wowed us.

Published Oct 23, 2018

Land Remote Sensing

A Season of Smoke
Article

A Season of Smoke

In summer 2018, wildfires across western North America disrupted the lives of millions. Smoke from some of the blazes was so pronounced it was visible from space.

Published Sep 11, 2018

Atmosphere Land Remote Sensing Videos

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