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Earth from Space: Salar de Atacama, Chile Video in Story

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Earth from Space: Salar de Atacama, Chile.

From the Salar de Atacama salt flat in the east to the Cordillera Domeyko mountains in the west, Sentinel-2 takes us over part of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.


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Earth from Space: Viti Levu, Fiji Video in Story

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Earth from Space: Viti Levu, Fiji.

The Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite takes us to the Republic of Fiji in the South Pacific Ocean on 28 September 2017. Part of Fiji's largest island, Viti Levu, is pictured here, with coral reefs speckling the water.

Studying The Heat Source Under West Antarctica

Studying The Heat Source Under West Antarctica

A new NASA study adds evidence that a geothermal heat source called a mantle plume lies deep below Antarctica's Marie Byrd Land, explaining some of the melting that creates lakes and rivers under the ice sheet.


Volcanic Rock Minerals May Offer New Insights Into Earth's Evolution

Volcanic Rock Minerals May Offer New Insights Into Earth's Evolution

The first 1.5 billion years of Earth's evolution is subject to considerable uncertainty due to the lack of any significant rock record prior to four billion years ago and a very limited record until about three billion years ago.


Earth from Space: Western Australia

Earth from Space: Western Australia Video in Story

From the fourth most populous city to the rugged Outback, the Sentinel-3A satellite gives us a wide-ranging view over Australia's southwestern corner.


Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988

Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988 Video in Story

Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth's ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988.


New Greenland Maps Show More Glaciers at Risk

New Greenland Maps Show More Glaciers at Risk

New maps of Greenland's coastal seafloor and bedrock beneath its massive ice sheet show that two to four times as many coastal glaciers are at risk of accelerated melting as previously thought.


NASA Estimates the Global Reach of Atmospheric Rivers

NASA Estimates the Global Reach of Atmospheric Rivers

A recent study by NASA and several partners has estimated, for the first time, the global impact of atmospheric rivers on floods and droughts, as well as the number of people affected by these atmospheric phenomena.


Earth from Space: Washington, DC

Earth from Space: Washington, DC Video in Story

Sentinel-2 takes us over the US capital city of Washington DC, nestled between the states of Maryland and Virginia.


Determining When Humans Started Impacting Earth on a Large Scale

Determining When Humans Started Impacting Earth on a Large Scale

Humans have so profoundly altered the Earth that, some scientists argue, our current geologic epoch requires a new name: the Anthropocene.


Heavy Rainfall Generated By Former Typhoon Lan

Heavy Rainfall Generated By Former Typhoon Lan

When Typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Oct. 22, the Global Precipitation Measurement mission core satellite or GPM analyzed the storm and added up the high rainfall that it generated.


East African Agricultural Fires Overwhelm Landscape

East African Agricultural Fires Overwhelm Landscape

The Suomi NPP satellite's instrument known as VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) detected hundreds of fires burning in eastern Africa on October 15, 2017.


Destructive Northern California Fires Viewed From Space

Destructive Northern California Fires Viewed From Space

The major fires burning in Northern California's wine country continue to burn relentlessly, forcing additional mass evacuations.


Orbital View Of Extra-Tropical Cyclone Lan Speeding Through Northern Japan

Orbital View Of Extra-Tropical Cyclone Lan Speeding Through Northern Japan

On Oct. 23 at 03:42 UTC (Oct. 22 at 11:42 p.m. EDT) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided this visible image of Post-tropical cyclone Lan over Hokkaido, Japan. Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan's main islands.


Earth from Space: Sagaing Division, Myanmar

Earth from Space: Sagaing Division, Myanmar Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite brings us over part of the Sagaing Division in northwest Myanmar, and along the border with India.


NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike

NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike

A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth's tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years.


Orbital View Of Wildfires in California

Orbital View Of Wildfires in California

Wildfires continue to cause widespread destruction in the Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley areas of California.


New ESA Crew and Research in Antarctica

New ESA Crew and Research in Antarctica

The Concordia research station in Antarctica is a place of extremes: for nine months no supplies can be delivered, the nearest living beings are 600 km away at the Russian Vostok station, and the Sun does not rise above the horizon for four months in the winter.


Earth from Space: Larsen Ice Shelf, Antarctic

Earth from Space: Larsen Ice Shelf, Antarctic Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite takes us over the Antarctic Peninsula and the adjacent Larsen Ice Shelf, from which a massive iceberg broke off in July.



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