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Agriculture in Egypt’s Western Desert
Beautiful Cuba
Ice Loss Slows Down Asian Glaciers
Night Lights Show Slow Recovery from Maria
Image of the Day Dec 16, 2018

Agriculture in Egypt’s Western Desert

Pioneering agricultural projects were planned to encourage people to leave the very heavily populated Nile Delta and to seek economic opportunities in the desert.

Two year anniversary of CYGNSS on orbit
Notes from the Field

Two year anniversary of CYGNSS on orbit

CYGNSS completes its second year on orbit with new scientific results and applications.

Published Dec 15, 2018 in Notes From the Field

Satellites Probe Droppings for Clues About Penguin Populations
Earth Matters

Satellites Probe Droppings for Clues About Penguin Populations

An analysis of Landsat imagery shows big colonies of penguins on the Danger Islands are declining.

Published Dec 12, 2018 in Earth Matters

Water

Taking Measure of Antarctic Terrain
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Taking Measure of Antarctic Terrain

New elevation measurements span the continent’s icy surfaces, from the flat Ross Ice Shelf to the rugged Transantarctic Mountains.

Published Dec 11, 2018

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More Glaciers in East Antarctica Are Waking Up
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More Glaciers in East Antarctica Are Waking Up

Satellites detect changes in the height and velocity of ice in an area that was thought to be relatively stable and quiet.

Published Dec 10, 2018

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Detergent-like Molecule Recycles Itself in Atmosphere
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Detergent-like Molecule Recycles Itself in Atmosphere

Hydroxyl radicals are critical for offsetting concentrations of methane in the air.

Published Dec 7, 2018

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

The Seasonal Rhythms of Ammonia
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The Seasonal Rhythms of Ammonia

Farms and feedlots are a key source of the pollutant.

Published Dec 7, 2018

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An Astronaut’s View of the Himalayas
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An Astronaut’s View of the Himalayas

The peaks of these mountains are a dramatic expression of massive tectonic forces pushing continents together.

Published Dec 7, 2018

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An Island Disappears
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An Island Disappears

A powerful hurricane wiped away a remote island in the Hawaiian chain.

Published Dec 6, 2018

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Chilly November in North America
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Chilly November in North America

It was cold across the eastern part of North America, but the opposite was true in other parts of the world.

Published Dec 5, 2018

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Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Oct 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

Cyclone Effects Run Deep
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Cyclone Effects Run Deep

Hurricanes and typhoons cause vast amounts of heat to sink into the sea, which might have implications for seasonal and long-term climate.

Published Dec 4, 2018

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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

Total Rainfall
Global Maps Dec 1997 — Jul 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

First Images From NASA's Newest Snow Instrument
Notes from the Field

First Images From NASA's Newest Snow Instrument

Scientists are analyzing the first radar images returned from a new instrument designed to measure the water content in snowpacks.

Published Dec 4, 2018 in Notes From the Field

Snow and Ice

Winter Arrives in the Sierra Nevada
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Winter Arrives in the Sierra Nevada

As November 2018 came to a close, mountain areas saw their first significant snowfall of the season.

Published Dec 3, 2018

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Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jun 2002 — Sep 2018

Sea Surface Temperature

Ocean temperatures can influence weather, such as hurricane formation, and climate patterns, such as El Niño. These maps show the temperature at the surface of the world’s seas and oceans.

Heat Water

Crater Lurks Beneath the Ice
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Crater Lurks Beneath the Ice

The Hiawatha Impact Crater in northwest Greenland was detected through some creative detective work and innovative instruments that can see through the ice.

Published Nov 30, 2018

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The Smoking Terror
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The Smoking Terror

Momotombo in western Nicaragua is an active stratovolcano and a source of renewable energy.

Published Nov 30, 2018

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Icescapes of the Anzhu Islands
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Icescapes of the Anzhu Islands

June is a time of transition around the New Siberian Islands as snowmelt uncovers the sea ice and gives way to bare land.

Published Nov 30, 2018

Image of the Day Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

SWESARR is Ready to Fly
Notes from the Field

SWESARR is Ready to Fly

Scientists and engineers are ready to fly a new instrument designed to measure the water contained within a snowpack.

Published Nov 30, 2018 in Notes From the Field

Snow and Ice

Glaciers: Ice on the Move
EO Kids

Glaciers: Ice on the Move

Explore a shrinking glacier in Alaska from space and make your own "mountain" glacier.

Published Nov 29, 2018 in EO Kids

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

6 Trends to Know about Fire Season in the Western U.S.
Earth Matters

6 Trends to Know about Fire Season in the Western U.S.

Researchers analyzed more than 40,000 fires between 1950 to 2017 to learn how wildfire frequency, size, and location has changed. Here's what they learned.

Published Nov 29, 2018 in Earth Matters

Climate Indicators

Ambushing the Aurora
Notes from the Field

Ambushing the Aurora

Like the isbjørn (polar bears), we are ambush hunters. Our prey are atmospheric fountains, jets of gas being shot into space under the impact of the cusp aurora.

Published Nov 29, 2018 in Notes From the Field

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Jan 2000 — Oct 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

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

Snow Across the Midwest
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Snow Across the Midwest

A November blizzard snarled transportation and disrupted power across a wide area.

Published Nov 28, 2018

Atmosphere Severe Storms

Ash Over the Gulf of Alaska
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Ash Over the Gulf of Alaska

During a recent bout of activity, Veniaminof volcano rumbled and spit out ash, lava, and volcanic gases.

Published Nov 28, 2018

Atmosphere Volcanoes

Unusual Heat Fuels Fires in Queensland
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Unusual Heat Fuels Fires in Queensland

Dozens of fires raged in northeastern Australia during the last week of November.

Published Nov 27, 2018

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Floods Swamp Iraq
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Floods Swamp Iraq

November flash floods displaced tens of thousands of people.

Published Nov 27, 2018

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Camp Fire Adds Another Scar to 2018 Fire Season
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Camp Fire Adds Another Scar to 2018 Fire Season

Record-setting fire activity in 2018 fits with a longer trend of larger and more frequent California fires since 2000.

Published Nov 27, 2018

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November Puzzler
Earth Matters

November Puzzler

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

Published Nov 27, 2018 in Earth Matters

Volcanic Plateaus in Argentina
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Volcanic Plateaus in Argentina

Erosion has produced a striking landscape east of the Andes Mountains in Chubut Province.

Published Nov 26, 2018

Image of the Day Land Remote Sensing

Why We Fly
Notes from the Field

Why We Fly

We fly to honor the sacrifices that we each have made, and the dedication we all feel to each other, in our three-year journey from project inception to field campaign.

Published Nov 26, 2018 in Notes From the Field

A Thanksgiving Journey
Earth Matters

A Thanksgiving Journey

It is sometimes overlooked that Plymouth, Massachusetts, was not the first stop—nor the intended destination—of the Pilgrims.

Published Nov 22, 2018 in Earth Matters

Icy Art in the Sannikov Strait
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Icy Art in the Sannikov Strait

As sea ice around Russia’s New Siberian Islands thins and breaks-up each summer, it takes on the appearance of stained glass.

Published Nov 21, 2018

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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

The Rhône River in Geneva
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The Rhône River in Geneva

Alpine in character and perennial in flow, the river is a crucial resource for hydroelectricity, irrigation, transportation, and tourism.

Published Nov 21, 2018

Image of the Day Human Presence

Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jun 2002 — Sep 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

The Horn of Africa, Somalia
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The Horn of Africa, Somalia

This coastline is rugged, with mountains, dry river beds, a small delta, and steep cliffs that cast shadows on the landscape.

Published Nov 21, 2018

Image of the Day 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

Bright Auroras Light Up the Sky and the Land
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Bright Auroras Light Up the Sky and the Land

Coronal holes sparked brilliant auroras over Alaska and Canada during this solar minimum.

Published Nov 20, 2018

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Looking Back Across a Sea of Black
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Looking Back Across a Sea of Black

A spacecraft looked homeward while making its way to the asteroid Bennu.

Published Nov 19, 2018

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

Woolsey Fire Burn Scar
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Woolsey Fire Burn Scar

As the destructive California fire nears full containment, it has left behind an expanse of charred land.

Published Nov 19, 2018

Heat Land Fires Human Presence

Watching a Glacier Die
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Watching a Glacier Die

Without enough fresh snow to replenish it, Alaska’s Yakutat Glacier is in trouble.

Published Nov 19, 2018

Image of the Day Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Autumn Around the World
Article

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

Padma River: The Shape of Erosion
Article

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

Blue Marble Next Generation
Article

Blue Marble Next Generation

12 months of high-resolution global true color satellite imagery.

Published Oct 13, 2005

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice

World of Change: Padma River
Article

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