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Satellite Observes Massive Ocean Migration
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Satellite Observes Massive Ocean Migration

Every night, under the cover of darkness, countless small sea creatures swim from the ocean depths to feed near the surface, then descend out of sight again before daybreak.

Published Dec 3, 2019

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Vegetation
Global Maps

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.

Mar 2000 — Nov 2019

Land Life

Great Fox is Disappearing
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Great Fox is Disappearing

Rising waters are swallowing up another island in Chesapeake Bay.

Published Nov 26, 2019

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The Oysters of Tongyeong
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The Oysters of Tongyeong

About 80 percent of South Korea’s oysters are grown in these waters.

Published Nov 22, 2019

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Chlorophyll
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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.

Jul 2002 — Oct 2019

Life Water