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EO On This Day

Since its creation in late April 1999, NASA Earth Observatory has published more than 15,000 image-driven stories about our planet: natural- and false-color satellite images, data maps, and aerial or space-based photos. In honor of our 20th anniversary, we offer a selection of some of the most beautiful, newsworthy, interesting, and scientifically important images from the past 20 years — one for each day of the calendar year. Check this page each day for a new blast from EO’s past.

A Broad View of Flooding in the Carolinas

A Broad View of Flooding in the Carolinas

Published Sep 22, 2018

Rivers swelled from the torrential rains of Hurricane Florence.

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September

Dust and Clouds Dance Over the Sahara
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Dust and Clouds Dance Over the Sahara

A massive dust storm filled the skies over Libya in early September 2014.

Published Sep 21, 2014

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Changes on Ol Doinyo Lengai
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Changes on Ol Doinyo Lengai

In September 2007, a series of explosive eruptions altered the summit of the volcano, the only one that erupts natrocarbonatite lava.

Published Sep 20, 2009

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Bloom in the Bering Sea
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Bloom in the Bering Sea

Changing conditions in the waters near Alaska promotes late summer phytoplankton growth.

Published Sep 19, 2014

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Watching the Ozone Hole Before and After the Montreal Protocol
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Watching the Ozone Hole Before and After the Montreal Protocol

NASA satellites have observed the Antarctic ozone hole since the late 1970s—before and after nations agreed to stop producing chemicals that destroy the ozone layer.

Published Sep 18, 2012

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Finding Hidden Shoals on the North Slope
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Finding Hidden Shoals on the North Slope

By analyzing satellite images of sediments, coastal researchers and cartographers can identify potential shallows, shoals, and shipping hazards.

Published Sep 17, 2015

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Urban Growth in Cairo 1965-98
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Urban Growth in Cairo 1965-98

Astronaut photographs from the Gemini era and from the space shuttle reveal tremendous growth.

Published Sep 16, 2001

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The World’s Largest Urban Area
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The World’s Largest Urban Area

Rapid growth in several cities along the Pearl River Delta has made a Chinese megacity larger and more populous than any other urban area in the world.

Published Sep 15, 2015

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NASA Satellite Measures Deforestation
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NASA Satellite Measures Deforestation

MODIS sensors view the Amazon multiple times a day, so they can provide a rapid assessment of forest change that is not possible with high-resolution sensors.

Published Sep 14, 2005

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Seasonal Changes along the Indus River
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Seasonal Changes along the Indus River

Because the river irrigates millions of acres of farms, the seasonal cycle changes not just the river, but also the surrounding landscape.

Published Sep 13, 2011

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Tragedy in New York City
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Tragedy in New York City

A NASA satellite captured this image of the grim aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Published Sep 12, 2001

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After a Fire, Before a Flood
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After a Fire, Before a Flood

Landsat helps direct restoration efforts in at-risk areas.

Published Sep 11, 2013

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Roiling Flows on Holuhraun Lava Field
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Roiling Flows on Holuhraun Lava Field

Landsat 8 captured fine details of the lava flowing in Iceland between the Bardarbunga and Askja volcanoes.

Published Sep 10, 2014

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Sediment Spews from Connecticut River
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Sediment Spews from Connecticut River

Nearly a week after Hurricane Irene drenched New England, the river was spewing large amounts of muddy sediment into Long Island Sound.

Published Sep 9, 2011

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NASA’s Front Porch View of Rising Seas
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NASA’s Front Porch View of Rising Seas

The nation’s problem is also NASA’s problem: Half to two-thirds of our space infrastructure and assets stand within 5 meters of sea level.

Published Sep 8, 2015

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Meeting of the Waters
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Meeting of the Waters

The confluence of the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões in Brazil is famous for unusual mixing patterns.

Published Sep 7, 2012

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Increasing Tropical Rainfall
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Increasing Tropical Rainfall

The planet’s wettest areas are getting a little wetter, according to NASA scientists who analyzed 25 years of ground- and space-based rainfall observations.

Published Sep 6, 2007

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India-Pakistan Borderlands at Night
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India-Pakistan Borderlands at Night

Clusters of yellow lights on the Indo-Gangetic Plain reveal numerous cities large and small, as well as a border fence.

Published Sep 5, 2011

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Horton River Delta, Arctic Canada
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Horton River Delta, Arctic Canada

In the past few centuries, a river in northwestern Canada stopped wandering and assumed a more direct route to the sea.

Published Sep 4, 2012

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Sutter Buttes, California
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Sutter Buttes, California

Old volcanic domes form the backbone of the “smallest mountain range in the world.”

Published Sep 3, 2012

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California Wildfires as Seen From the Space Shuttle
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California Wildfires as Seen From the Space Shuttle

An astronaut on the Space Shuttle photographed several wildfires burning in California in August 2001.

Published Sep 2, 2001

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Trio of Hurricanes Over the Pacific Ocean
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Trio of Hurricanes Over the Pacific Ocean

For the first time in recorded history, three Category 4 storms lined up over the central and eastern Pacific Ocean.

Published Sep 1, 2015

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August

Contour Plowing in the Palouse
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Contour Plowing in the Palouse

By planting in narrow strips and plowing in patterns that mimic the natural contours of the land, farmers in southeastern Washington are trying to prevent productive soils from washing away.

Published Aug 31, 2014

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Hurricane Katrina Arrives
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Hurricane Katrina Arrives

With winds of 135 miles per hour, a powerful storm surge, and heavy rains, the category 4 hurricane pounded the U.S. Gulf Coast, triggering deadly flooding.

Published Aug 30, 2005

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Tracking Dust Across the Atlantic
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Tracking Dust Across the Atlantic

Dust storms in mid-summer 2013 spanned the Atlantic Ocean, depositing particles in the Americas and perhaps suppressing hurricanes.

Published Aug 29, 2013

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A Nighttime View of California’s Rim Fire
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A Nighttime View of California’s Rim Fire

Burning in the northeast corner of Yosemite National Park, the Rim Fire ranks among the largest in California history.

Published Aug 28, 2013

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Aral Sea Continues to Shrink
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Aral Sea Continues to Shrink

In the first half of the twentieth century, it was the world’s fourth-largest lake. By August 2009, virtually nothing remained of the largest lobe.

Published Aug 27, 2009

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Hurricane Harvey Approaches Texas
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Hurricane Harvey Approaches Texas

Forecasters believe the storm will be the strongest to make landfall in the United States in 12 years.

Published Aug 26, 2017

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Garden and Hog Islands, Michigan
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Garden and Hog Islands, Michigan

An archipelago in northern Lake Michigan has little in the way of human settlement. However, offshore ridges offer ideal breeding ground for trout.

Published Aug 25, 2013

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Red Sprites Above the U.S. and Central America
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Red Sprites Above the U.S. and Central America

Within three minutes, astronauts acquired two photographs of elusive red sprite emissions above thunderstorms.

Published Aug 24, 2015

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So Many Ways to View an Eclipse
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So Many Ways to View an Eclipse

The total solar eclipse proved spectacular whether seen from space, the ground, or mid-flight.

Published Aug 23, 2017

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Ice Island Calves off Petermann Glacier
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Ice Island Calves off Petermann Glacier

In August 2010, a NASA satellite tracked the chunk of ice as it slowly migrated down the fjord.

Published Aug 22, 2010

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Widespread Fires in the Pacific Northwest
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Widespread Fires in the Pacific Northwest

The U.S. Forest Service and National Interagency Fire Center used a new tool to help monitor active wildfires across the entire United States and decide how to best combat them.

Published Aug 21, 2001

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A Nearly Ice-Free Northwest Passage
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A Nearly Ice-Free Northwest Passage

By mid-August 2016, the famed high-latitude sea route in the Arctic Ocean was open.

Published Aug 20, 2016

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First Map of Antarctica’s Moving Ice
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First Map of Antarctica’s Moving Ice

Scientists mapped the motion of Antarctica’s ice sheets and revealed unexpected patterns.

Published Aug 19, 2011

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Bloom in the Barents Sea
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Bloom in the Barents Sea

MODIS caught a clear view of an explosion of phytoplankton—a rare treat since the Barents Sea is cloud-covered roughly 80 percent of the summer.

Published Aug 18, 2011

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Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan
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Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan

In one year, the refugee camp became the fourth largest population center in Jordan.

Published Aug 17, 2013

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European Heat Wave
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European Heat Wave

In July 2003, Europe experienced an historic heat wave that killed at least 3,000 people.

Published Aug 16, 2003

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Tracking the Chelyabinsk Meteor Plume
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Tracking the Chelyabinsk Meteor Plume

Satellite instruments and computer models help NASA scientists dissect the atmospheric impact of the February 2013 bolide explosion over Russia.

Published Aug 15, 2013

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NASA Satellites Pinpoint Volcanic Eruption
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NASA Satellites Pinpoint Volcanic Eruption

A plume and floating pumice revealed the date and location of the eruption of a remote seamount.

Published Aug 14, 2012

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Fresh Craters on the Moon and Earth
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Fresh Craters on the Moon and Earth

Throughout their histories, both the Moon and Earth have been bombarded by meteorites and asteroids, which often leave behind dramatic impact craters.

Published Aug 13, 2009

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How Farms Affect the Chesapeake Bay’s Water
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How Farms Affect the Chesapeake Bay’s Water

While farms remain a major source of water pollution, signs of improvements are beginning to emerge.

Published Aug 12, 2016

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Hurricane Alberto
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Hurricane Alberto

The SeaWiFS instrument captured the data for this composite view of an August 2000 hurricane while it was near Bermuda.

Published Aug 11, 2000

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Noctilucent Clouds
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Noctilucent Clouds

An astronaut on the ISS caught a glimpse of a sliver of the setting Moon and some clouds that shine at night.

Published Aug 10, 2003

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Antarctic Icebergs Chipped off by Japan Tsunami
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Antarctic Icebergs Chipped off by Japan Tsunami

Scientists observed the calving of several large icebergs from the Sulzberger Ice Shelf in Antarctica as a result of the March 2011 tsunami half a world away in Japan.

Published Aug 9, 2011

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Mount Tongariro Erupts
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Mount Tongariro Erupts

A new satellite captured the eruption of a volcano at night on New Zealand's North Island.

Published Aug 8, 2012

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Night View of Fires in Siberia
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Night View of Fires in Siberia

The Suomi NPP satellite carries an instrument so sensitive to low light levels that it can detect wildfires in the middle of the night.

Published Aug 7, 2012

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The Dark Side and the Bright Side
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The Dark Side and the Bright Side

The Deep Space Climate Observatory has captured a unique view of the Moon as it passed between the spacecraft and Earth.

Published Aug 6, 2015

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Chernobyl, Ukraine
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Chernobyl, Ukraine

Twenty-three years after the explosion at Reactor Number Four, a NASA satellite glimpsed the remains.

Published Aug 5, 2009

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Ash Plume Streams from Mt. Etna, Sicily
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Ash Plume Streams from Mt. Etna, Sicily

The record of historical volcanism of Mt. Etna is one of the longest in the world, dating back to 1500 BC.

Published Aug 4, 2001

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Flooding in Pakistan
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Flooding in Pakistan

In August 2010, entire villages were washed away, more than 1,100 people died, and an estimated 2.5 million people were affected by dramatic monsoon rains.

Published Aug 3, 2010

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Mount Kilimanjaro Closeup
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Mount Kilimanjaro Closeup

Most scientists agree that the glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro will be gone by the year 2020, but there is less agreement as to why they are now receding.

Published Aug 2, 2004

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The Many Hues of London
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The Many Hues of London

While a typical digital camera takes one picture of a scene based on information from the visible spectrum, Landsat generates multiple views of everything it images.

Published Aug 1, 2012

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July

Earth from the Moon
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Earth from the Moon

From orbit around the Moon, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of Earth in June 2010.

Published Jul 31, 2010

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired in the months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, this natural-color image shows possible oil patches near the Mississippi Delta.

Published Jul 30, 2010

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Tracing Aerosols to their Smoky and Sandy Sources
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Tracing Aerosols to their Smoky and Sandy Sources

The aerosol index offers a way to see the long reach of forest fires and dust storms.

Published Jul 29, 2014

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Comet Atlantis
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Comet Atlantis

Space Shuttle Atlantis streaked across the sky to its final landing at Kennedy Space Center.

Published Jul 28, 2011

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Lagoons and Reefs of New Caledonia
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Lagoons and Reefs of New Caledonia

This French-governed archipelago contains the world’s third-largest coral reef structure.

Published Jul 27, 2008

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Carrizozo Lava Flow
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Carrizozo Lava Flow

In south-central New Mexico, a charcoal-brown scar undulates across the arid landscape.

Published Jul 26, 2009

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Satellites Observe Widespread Melting Event on Greenland
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Satellites Observe Widespread Melting Event on Greenland

In July 2012, satellites observed melting on nearly 97 percent of the ice sheet surface.

Published Jul 25, 2012

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Global Groundwater Basins in Distress
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Global Groundwater Basins in Distress

About one third of Earth’s large groundwater basins are being rapidly depleted by human consumption even though we have little accurate data about how much water remains in them.

Published Jul 24, 2015

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First of Three Million
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First of Three Million

This image of the Dallas metro area was the very first image in the archives of the Landsat mission, launched in 1972.

Published Jul 23, 2012

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Following a Raindrop from New York to Newport News
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Following a Raindrop from New York to Newport News

A drop of water that falls in central New York takes a long ride to the sea. It flows past some extraordinary natural features that help tell the story of how the Chesapeake Bay came to be.

Published Jul 22, 2016

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Sun Rising on the Final Shuttle Mission
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Sun Rising on the Final Shuttle Mission

Astronauts supplied the International Space Station with a new logistics module; tested tools, technologies, and techniques to refuel satellites in space; and collected old equipment.

Published Jul 21, 2011

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Apollo 11 Landing Site
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Apollo 11 Landing Site

Forty years after the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of the descent stage of the Eagle lunar module.

Published Jul 20, 2009

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Looking Beyond the Visible
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Looking Beyond the Visible

By using satellite sensors that detect infrared radiation, scientists have started to map the mineralogy of debris on glaciers.

Published Jul 19, 2013

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Smoke Goes Around the World
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Smoke Goes Around the World

Wildfires in Alaska and Canada send smoke plumes wafting in opposite directions around the Northern Hemisphere.

Published Jul 18, 2015

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Drought Grips the United States
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Drought Grips the United States

In a dry spell of historic proportions, more than half of the country faced severe or moderate drought.

Published Jul 17, 2012

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Apollo 11 Launch Pad
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Apollo 11 Launch Pad

By launching from the east coast of Florida, NASA took advantage of both geography and physics.

Published Jul 16, 2009

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Jakobshavn Glacier Retreat
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Jakobshavn Glacier Retreat

Acquired in 2001 and 2010, these natural-color images show substantial retreat in the Jakobshavn Glacier.

Published Jul 15, 2010

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Eruption of Raung Volcano
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Eruption of Raung Volcano

One of the most active volcanoes on the Indonesian island of Java spewed fresh ash and gases in early July 2015.

Published Jul 14, 2015

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Palm Island Resort
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Palm Island Resort

The Islands were constructed on reclaimed land off of Dubai’s Persian Gulf coast.

Published Jul 13, 2003

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Wildfires in Siberia
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Wildfires in Siberia

Thick smoke billowed from fires in Yakutia on July 10, 2012.

Published Jul 12, 2012

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Brazilian Dune Fields
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Brazilian Dune Fields

Sand dunes sprawl along the coast of northeastern Brazil, sometimes extending kilometers inland.

Published Jul 11, 2010

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Elusive Sprite Captured from the International Space Station
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Elusive Sprite Captured from the International Space Station

Red sprites, short-lived flashes caused by intense lightning, are rarely captured on camera.

Published Jul 10, 2012

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Atlantis Rides Into History
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Atlantis Rides Into History

In July 2011, the Space Shuttle Atlantis lit its rockets and roared into space for the 135th and last flight of the U.S. space transportation system.

Published Jul 9, 2011

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A Global Garden: Plants Storing Carbon
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A Global Garden: Plants Storing Carbon

By providing a measurement of all of the carbon being stored in Earth’s plants, maps like these help scientists figure out what happens to the carbon people release by burning fossil fuels.

Published Jul 8, 2011

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Alaska’s Biggest (Ice) Losers are Inland
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Alaska’s Biggest (Ice) Losers are Inland

Glaciers in a region of Alaska are losing about 75 billion tons of ice per year, but not all glaciers contribute equally.

Published Jul 7, 2015

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U.S. Climate: The New Normal
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U.S. Climate: The New Normal

These maps compare January minimum temperatures and July maximum temperatures in the U.S. Climate Normals, a 30-year frame of reference. The new normal reflects a warming world.

Published Jul 6, 2011

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Eruption of Sarychev Peak, Kuril Islands
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Eruption of Sarychev Peak, Kuril Islands

A pair of before-and-after images shows how the June 2009 eruption of Sarychev Peak Volcano transformed Matua Island.

Published Jul 5, 2009

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The Birthplace of the United States
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The Birthplace of the United States

It was here the founders shaped the future of American government.

Published Jul 4, 2017

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150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg
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150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Modern remote sensing tools are helping to shed new light on the historic battle.

Published Jul 3, 2013

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The World’s Newest Capital City
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The World’s Newest Capital City

Juba, a port city on the White Nile, is the capital of the new nation of South Sudan and is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

Published Jul 2, 2012

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Yellowstone Recovers from 1988 Fires
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Yellowstone Recovers from 1988 Fires

In 1988, wildfires raced through Yellowstone National Park, consuming hundreds of thousands of acres. This series of Landsat images tracks the landscape’s slow recovery through 2008.

Published Jul 1, 2009

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June

First Complete Day from MODIS
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First Complete Day from MODIS

This image of Earth is a composite of the first full day of data gathered by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Terra spacecraft.

Published Jun 30, 2000

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Oil Slick Around Mississippi Barrier Islands
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Oil Slick Around Mississippi Barrier Islands

On June 26, 2010, oil was visible in the waters surrounding Horn and Petit Bois Islands following the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Published Jun 29, 2010

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Detailed Views of Erupting Nabro Volcano
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Detailed Views of Erupting Nabro Volcano

This pair of satellite images was among the first detailed pictures of the erupting vent and lava flows.

Published Jun 28, 2011

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Okavango Swamp, Botswana
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Okavango Swamp, Botswana

Sometimes called the Jewel of the Kalahari, the area is an enormous, pristine wetland that almost miraculously appears out of a desert.

Published Jun 27, 2011

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Astronaut View of Fires in Colorado
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Astronaut View of Fires in Colorado

The West Fork Complex fire was so hot that it spawned numerous pyrocumulus clouds.

Published Jun 26, 2013

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Polar Mesospheric Clouds, Northern Hemisphere
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Polar Mesospheric Clouds, Northern Hemisphere

“Night-shining” clouds form at high altitudes in late spring and early summer.

Published Jun 25, 2012

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Tornadoes Spawn near Deshler, Nebraska
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Tornadoes Spawn near Deshler, Nebraska

The image shows the tops of the thunderheads with their characteristic anvil clouds.

Published Jun 24, 2003

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Volcanoes, Clouds, and Swirling Winds
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Volcanoes, Clouds, and Swirling Winds

An image from the remote South Sandwich Islands shows how volcanic emissions can create clouds, while the islands themselves deform those clouds.

Published Jun 23, 2012

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Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands
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Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station in 2009 offered the astronauts a striking view of the volcano in an early stage of eruption.

Published Jun 22, 2009

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Lake Eyre Filling Peaks
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Lake Eyre Filling Peaks

By mid-June 2009, the rare filling of this lake in Australia’s Simpson Desert appeared to have reached its peak.

Published Jun 21, 2009

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Todhia Arable Farm in Saudi Arabia
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Todhia Arable Farm in Saudi Arabia

Satellites can help farmers make the most of the limited water resources at a farm in the Arabian Desert.

Published Jun 20, 2015

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Laguna Mellquina, Andes Mountains
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Laguna Mellquina, Andes Mountains

This depiction of an area south of San Martin de Los Andes, Argentina, was the first Shuttle Radar Topography Mission view of the tallest mountain chain in the western hemisphere.

Published Jun 19, 2001

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Ash from Puyehue-Cordón Caulle
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Ash from Puyehue-Cordón Caulle

This series of images tracks ash from a Chilean volcano that made a nearly complete circle around the world.

Published Jun 18, 2011

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Fogo, Cape Verde Islands
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Fogo, Cape Verde Islands

The volcano was almost continuously active from the 1500s until 1760.

Published Jun 17, 2009

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A Monster Slide
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A Monster Slide

A landslide in eastern Tibet backed up the Yigong River for two months.

Published Jun 16, 2012

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Tiny Shrimp, Big Changes
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Tiny Shrimp, Big Changes

Aquaculture along the coast of the Gulf of Fonseca shows the delicate balance between coastal development and conservation.

Published Jun 15, 2012

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Sunset from the International Space Station
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Sunset from the International Space Station

Astronauts aboard the ISS see sixteen sunrises and sunsets per day.

Published Jun 14, 2010

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Lava Consumes Vacationland and Kapoho Bay
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Lava Consumes Vacationland and Kapoho Bay

Kilauea erupted enough lava to fill 45,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Published Jun 13, 2018

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A Measure of Salt
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A Measure of Salt

One year after its launch, the Aquarius instrument is giving ocean sciences its first global view of sea surface salinity.

Published Jun 12, 2012

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A Long Look at El Paso and Ciudad Juarez
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A Long Look at El Paso and Ciudad Juarez

When the Landsat archive is combined with modern computing power, scientists can view the planet not just across space, but also time.

Published Jun 11, 2013

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Clouds and Global Warming
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Clouds and Global Warming

High, cold clouds radiate less thermal energy to space than low, warm clouds.

Published Jun 10, 2010

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Remembering a Monster Eruption
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Remembering a Monster Eruption

It was the largest eruption of the 20th century, but you've probably never heard of it.

Published Jun 9, 2012

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Remembering Yoram Kaufman
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Remembering Yoram Kaufman

Kaufman served as program manager for NASA’s Earth Observatory from its launch in April 1999, through January 2006.

Published Jun 8, 2006

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Viewing the Transit of Venus from Space
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Viewing the Transit of Venus from Space

For the first time in history, and the last time for a century, astronauts captured images of the planetary transit as viewed from orbit.

Published Jun 7, 2012

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Canyonlands’ Grabens
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Canyonlands’ Grabens

Sinking blocks of rock created this distinctive network of valleys.

Published Jun 6, 2014

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Gross Primary Productivity
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Gross Primary Productivity

This map of plant photosynthesis was the first of its kind from the MODIS instrument, which was launched in December 1999 on the Terra spacecraft.

Published Jun 5, 2000

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Lay of the Land Between Old River and the Mississippi
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Lay of the Land Between Old River and the Mississippi

This model of the land elevation between the Mississippi, the Atchafalaya, and the Old River show the uphill fight to control river flow.

Published Jun 4, 2011

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Subsidence in New Orleans
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Subsidence in New Orleans

In the three-year period prior to Hurricane Katrina, the city subsided 8 millimeters per year relative to global mean sea level.

Published Jun 3, 2006

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Sulfur Dioxide Plume from Grímsvötn
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Sulfur Dioxide Plume from Grímsvötn

A NASA satellite caught this glimpse of a plume rising and drifting from the Icelandic volcano in May 2011.

Published Jun 2, 2011

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Zambezi Flood Plain, Namibia
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Zambezi Flood Plain, Namibia

Originating in swampy wetlands, the river tumbles over one of the world’s largest waterfalls, flows through deep gorges, and spreads across broad floodplains.

Published Jun 1, 2010

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May

City Lights at Night along the France-Italy Border
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City Lights at Night along the France-Italy Border

Moonglint and the lights of Torino, Lyon, and Marseille glitter in this nighttime astronaut photo of the Italy-France border region.

Published May 31, 2010

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Landsat 7 Reveals Large-scale Fractal Motion of Clouds
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Landsat 7 Reveals Large-scale Fractal Motion of Clouds

Clouds off the Chilean coast show a unique pattern called a “von Karman vortex street.”

Published May 30, 2000

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Sichuan Landslides
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Sichuan Landslides

These images show changes in the landscape before and after an earthquake struck on May 12, 2008.

Published May 29, 2008

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Permafrost on Mars and Earth
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Permafrost on Mars and Earth

This pair of images shows the similarities between the surface of Mars and permafrost near Spitsbergen, Svalbard.

Published May 28, 2008

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Tierras Bajas Deforestation, Bolivia
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Tierras Bajas Deforestation, Bolivia

The area east of Santa Cruz was originally dry tropical forest.

Published May 27, 2001

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Arctic Amplification
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Arctic Amplification

Temperatures are warming faster in the Arctic than anywhere else in the world. Here’s why.

Published May 26, 2013

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Nighttime Ash Tracking with CALIPSO
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Nighttime Ash Tracking with CALIPSO

A satellite records a vertical profile of the atmosphere and reveals the altitude of ash clouds.

Published May 25, 2010

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New Landsat Finds Clouds Hiding in Plain Sight
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New Landsat Finds Clouds Hiding in Plain Sight

One of LDCM’s sensors can detect faint cirrus clouds that can slightly alter a scene.

Published May 24, 2013

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Pavlof Volcano, Alaska Peninsula
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Pavlof Volcano, Alaska Peninsula

Three striking photographs of Pavlof Volcano reveal the three-dimensional structure of the eruption plume.

Published May 23, 2013

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Irrawaddy Delta, Burma
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Irrawaddy Delta, Burma

The clearing of the natural mangrove forests has left low-lying cropland and villages exposed to the sea.

Published May 22, 2008

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Lake Powell and The Rincon, Utah
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Lake Powell and The Rincon, Utah

Man and nature have both altered the course of a southwestern U.S. river.

Published May 21, 2012

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Driving Ban Lowers Beijing Pollution
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Driving Ban Lowers Beijing Pollution

In an effort to control smog during the 2008 Olympics, Beijing officials instituted a number of pollution-curbing measures.

Published May 20, 2007

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired May 17, 2010, this natural-color image shows the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico extending a long arm toward the southeast.

Published May 19, 2010

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30th Anniversary of the Eruption of Mt. St. Helens
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30th Anniversary of the Eruption of Mt. St. Helens

A trio of images documents the devastation and recovery of the landscape around Mt. St. Helens Volcano following its cataclysmic 1980 eruption.

Published May 18, 2010

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Changes to the Saemangeum Estuary, South Korea
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Changes to the Saemangeum Estuary, South Korea

Satellite imagery illustrates the beginning of a land reclamation project that will transform one of the largest tidal estuaries along the Yellow Sea into farmland and a fresh-water reservoir.

Published May 17, 2007

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Come Fly with Me
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Come Fly with Me

Fifty-six images were stitched together to present a seamless mosaic of what the newest Landsat saw on April 19, 2013. Here are some highlights of the satellite tour.

Published May 16, 2013

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El Gezira, Sudan
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El Gezira, Sudan

South of Khartoum, where the White and Blue Nile Rivers join, a dizzying arrangement of irrigated fields stretches out across the land.

Published May 15, 2008

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Ship Tracks in the Sky
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Ship Tracks in the Sky

In recent years, scientists have turned their attention to the ways in which human-produced aerosol pollution modifies clouds.

Published May 14, 2002

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Lake Powell, Utah
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Lake Powell, Utah

In the early twenty-first century, Lake Powell faced the combined threats of drought and rapid water withdrawals.

Published May 13, 2009

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Crop Circles in the Desert
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Crop Circles in the Desert

Over the course of 25 years, farms have sprouted in the Arabian Desert, fueled by deep and old groundwater.

Published May 12, 2012

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Los Alamos Fires From Landsat 7
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Los Alamos Fires From Landsat 7

On May 9, 2000, the Landsat 7 satellite acquired an image of the area around Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Published May 11, 2000

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Ice Melting on Lake Baikal
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Ice Melting on Lake Baikal

People and satellites keep an eye on when ice on the world’s deepest lake melts each year.

Published May 10, 2012

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A Rare Cyclone on the Equator
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A Rare Cyclone on the Equator

Storms like Typhoon Varmei are not supposed to happen.

Published May 9, 2003

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Cloudy Earth
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Cloudy Earth

Data collected by a sensor on the Aqua satellite reveals the global distribution of clouds.

Published May 8, 2015

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Malvinas Current, South America
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Malvinas Current, South America

This offshoot of the Circumpolar Current carries cool water north along the coast of South America until it encounters water pouring out of the Rio de la Plata.

Published May 7, 2005

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Flooding at the Junction of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers
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Flooding at the Junction of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers

Floods blanket farmland around the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in this Landsat image from May 3, 2011.

Published May 6, 2011

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The Shrinking Aral Sea
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The Shrinking Aral Sea

The sequence of images shows the dramatic changes to the Aral Sea between 1973 and 2000.

Published May 5, 2001

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Smoke from Fires in Central America Drifts over Texas
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Smoke from Fires in Central America Drifts over Texas

Smoke from fires in tropical Mexico and Central America drifted over the U.S. Gulf States.

Published May 4, 2002

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Connecting Islands in the Pacific
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Connecting Islands in the Pacific

The eruption of an undersea volcano gave rise to new real estate between two islands in the kingdom of Tonga.

Published May 3, 2015

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Finding the Hottest Spots on Earth by Satellite
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Finding the Hottest Spots on Earth by Satellite

The Sun heats not only the air around us, but the land we walk on. Scientists are interested in the difference between the two.

Published May 2, 2012

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Height and Motion of the Chikurachki Eruption Plume
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Height and Motion of the Chikurachki Eruption Plume

Early data from the MISR instrument helps decipher the dynamics of the gas and ash emerging from a volcano.

Published May 1, 2003

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Plankton and Sulfur in the Benguela Current
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Plankton and Sulfur in the Benguela Current

Ocean currents and nutrient-rich waters conspire to create a boon for some ocean species and a dead zone for others.

Published Apr 30, 2014

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Low Pressure off Northern California Coast
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Low Pressure off Northern California Coast

The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) captured this view of a massive low pressure system in April 2003.

Published Apr 29, 2003

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Open- and Closed-Cell Clouds over the Pacific Ocean
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Open- and Closed-Cell Clouds over the Pacific Ocean

Acquired April 17, 2010, this natural-color image shows a network of open- and closed-cell clouds over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Peru.

Published Apr 28, 2010

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Oil Leak from Damaged Well in Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Leak from Damaged Well in Gulf of Mexico

Oil from a damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico created a silvery sheen on the water southeast of the Mississippi Delta on April 25, 2010.

Published Apr 27, 2010

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Volcanoes near Usulután, El Salvador
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Volcanoes near Usulután, El Salvador

Differences in size and surface features reveal the histories of four adjacent volcanoes in El Salvador.

Published Apr 26, 2010

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A Rare Clear Day on Mount Washington
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A Rare Clear Day on Mount Washington

The tallest peaks in New England face some pretty nasty weather.

Published Apr 25, 2017

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Lake Sediment Plume in Northern Kazakhstan
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Lake Sediment Plume in Northern Kazakhstan

Winds occasionally loft fine sediments from the the shores of Ozero Siletiteniz into the air over the steppe.

Published Apr 24, 2012

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