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by NASA -- NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team
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This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image of Baltimore was acquired on April 4, 2000, and covers an area of 17 by 20 km. Combining green, red, and near-infrared light to create a false-color composite, the image shows vegetation as red, water as blue, and urban areas as grey. Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland and one of the busiest ports in the United States. Its economy focuses on research and development, especially in the areas of aquaculture,...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=1117
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14004/aster_gonaives_08aug01_15m.jpg August 8, 2001 (2.4 MB) The floods that claimed the lives of at least 1,500 Haitians and left as many missing, also filled a large lake basin outside of Gonaives. The basin, which was a dry dust bowl on August 8, 2001, was still completely covered with water on October 3, 2004, two weeks after Hurricane Jeanne's heavy rains induced the flooding. Some of the water may have been present before the floods, but...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14004
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by NASA -- Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team
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This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) sub-image covers a 12 x 12 km (7.5 x 7.5 miles) area in Northern Shanxi Province, China, and was acquired January 9, 2001. The low sun angle, and light snow cover highlight a section of the Great Wall, visible as a black line running diagonally through the image from lower left to upper right. The Great Wall is more than 2000 years old and was built over a period of 1000 years. Stretching 7240 km (4500 miles) from Korea...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What -- Sun,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=1455
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by NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
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Saharan dust blew off the west coast of Africa and over the Atlantic on July 16, 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite took this picture the same day. In this image, the dust forms a thick plume of tan that mingles with white clouds over the ocean. After blowing out over the water, the dust swirls back toward land in the south, forming an arc several hundred kilometers across. NASA image courtesy the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18733
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by NASA -- NASA imagery created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courtesy of the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/ MODIS Rapid Response team.
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In the Barents Sea north of Russia, marine plant life seems to be refusing to acknowledge that summer is passing and fall is approaching. On August 29, 2006, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite captured this image of a dramatic bloom of phytoplankton (single-celled plants) swirling in the waters west of Novaya Zemlya (New Land). Chlorophyll and light-harvesting pigments that different kinds of phytoplankton contain...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Barents Sea, Where -- Russia
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=6899
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by NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
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In mid-July 2006, dozens of forest fires were burning across Russia's Central Siberian Plateau between the north-flowing Lena River and Lake Baikal. Thick smoke swirled in the skies over the region. This pair of images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite shows a close-in view of the fires (top) and a wider-area view of the region (bottom). The area of the close-up view is outlined with a white box in the...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16951
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by NASA -- NASA image courtesy the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center
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Wildfires across the Balkans filled the skies with smoke in late July 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite captured this image of the area on July 29, 2007. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fires are marked with red dots. Thick smoke blows southward hundreds of kilometers from the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. According to a July 27, 2007, report from...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Adriatic Sea, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=7915
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Apollo Soyuz Test Project ASTP, Argentina, Dunes in San Juan Dept., Rio Bermeto. Image taken on Revolution 72. Greenwich Mean Time GMT of Photo 201:31:19, Ground Elapsed Time GET 113:29, Altitude 220 km. Original Film Magazine: CX-08, Laboratory Roll 27; Camera Data: Hasselblad Reflex, 70-mm,Model 500EL, NASA Modified; Film Data: 70-mm Ektachrome, MS, Type QX-807, ASA = 64, Lens 50mm.
Topic: Where -- Argentina
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by NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
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From September into November 2006, fires burned over a broad area of southern Borneo and Sumatra. Thick haze hung over the region and spread across the region. This image of the islands was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite on November 2, 2006. Places where MODIS detected actively burning fires are marked in red. It is possible that additional fires are burning on Borneo but that the thick smoke is...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17469
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The Andes Mountains (image left) create an effective barrier to the smoke billowing from scores, possibly hundreds, of fires burning across central South America. This true-color image was acquired by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on October 6, 2002. Fire detections are marked with red dots. Image by Jesse Allen, based on data from the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA-GSFC
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10179
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Tropical Storm Beryl, the second named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, formed off the Carolinas early in the day on July 18. Initially, the developing system was designated ''TD #2'' as the second tropical depression in 2006 to form in the Atlantic. TD #2 moved northward and slowly strengthened, becoming Tropical Storm Beryl by that evening. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite (TRMM) captured this image of Beryl as the storm tracked northward just east of the Outer...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Imager, What -- Earth, Where -- Goddard...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16998
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Six successive years of poor rain have left Eastern Africa in severe drought. Rain typically falls between February and June, and 2005 looked promising when rains started to fall in January. The promise dried up, however, when the rains stopped, leaving the latter half of March and the first half of April dry. The cumulative impact of poor rainfall on plants is visible in this vegetation anomaly image. The image was created using data collected by the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Somalia, Where -- Sudan, Where -- Eritrea, Where -- Ethiopia, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13572
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The six STS-132 crew members continued preparations for their return to Earth as space shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station. Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Steve Bowen, Mike Good and Piers Sellers are scheduled to land on Wednesday, May 26, concluding their 12-day mission and the 32nd and final flight of the Atlantis orbiter.
Topics: What -- Earth, Who -- Piers Sellers, Who -- Garrett Reisman
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by NASA -- Image produced by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC) and caption by Steve Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC)
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/4000/4019/southeast_australia_storm.mov Large Movie (1.7 MB QuickTime) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/4000/4019/southeast_australia_storm.mpg Small Movie (796 KB MPEG) Severe thunderstorms produced heavy rains over parts of southeastern Australia as well as numerous cloud-to-ground lightning that resulted in several people being struck. High pressure off of the east coast of Australia pumped warm humid air southward down from the tropics...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- Australia, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=4019
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by NASA -- Image courtesy cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/ CIMSS, University of Wisconsin
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The above images were acquired by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) aboard the NOAA-15 Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite at 6:59 PM CDT on June 18, 2001. The earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=5007 track left by the tornado was visible from the Landsat 7 satellite the next morning. For more information on the cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/goes/misc/010619/010619.html Siren, Wisconsin,...
Topics: What -- NOAA 15, What -- Polar, What -- Environmental Satellite, What -- Landsat 7, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=1557
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by NASA -- Image by Daniel Rosenfeld, Hebrew University of Israel
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This false-color image over Australia, produced using NOAA Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) data, shows where pollution from human industry reduced clouds' particle sizes. Polluted clouds may rain less frequently then unpolluted clouds because the pollutants prevent water droplets from growing large enough to precipitate. Blue areas are cloudless, while purplish-red areas are covered by thick clouds comprised of large droplets. The yellowish-green and orange streaks are clouds...
Topic: Where -- Australia
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=751
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This false-color image shows concentrations of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. Note the relatively high concentrations of the gas blowing eastward over Montana and northward across the Canadian border. These measurements were taken by the Measurements Of Pollution In The Troposphere (MOPITT) and averaged for the period Aug. 22 - 27, 2000. Red pixels show relatively high levels of carbon monoxide, yellows are intermediate values, and blues are relatively low values.During the time these data...
Topics: Where -- Montana, Where -- Idaho
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15517
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by QuikScat image by William Daffer, courtesy of NASA's Jet Propulsion LaboratoryTRMM image by Tom Bridgman, Goddard SVS; data courtesy TRMM Science Team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
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<a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/keith_goes_quikscat.jpg">view large GOES/QuikScat image</a> (left, 175k) <br/><a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/keith_trmm.jpg">view large TRMM image</a> (right, 458k)Tropical storm Keith was born on Sept. 29 in the Caribbean, off the east coast of Honduras, and reached hurricane Category 3 intensity (winds in excess of 111 miles per hour) on Oct. 1. Hurricane Keith...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- QuikSCAT, What -- Imager, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15520
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by Image courtesy Nazmi Saleous,
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This visible light/infrared composite image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) shows the fires that continue to burn in Idaho and Montana even after a few days of cool temperatures and light rain.Burned areas shows up as black areas underneath the purple smoke. Fires seen by MODIS' thermal infrared detectors appear as red dots. MODIS aquired the image on Wednesday morning, August 30, 2000.
Topics: What -- Visible Light, Where -- Idaho, Where -- Montana
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15499
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Mount Oyama, a volcano on the Japanese island of Miyakejima, has been erupting sporadically since June of 2000. On February 22, 2001, the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) captured a plume of ash rising into the air and drifting toward the Japanese mainland. Tokyo bay is located to the north of the erupting volcano.
Topic: Where -- Tokyo
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15644
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by Image courtesy the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) viewed this large dust storm over Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan today (May 18, 2001). The dust (tan pixels) appears to be lifted from the Khash and Margow Deserts of Southwestern Afghanistan, carried southward along the Iran border and then angling eastward into Pakistan.The various shades of brown reflect a varied landscape containing expanses of flat open desert, dry lake beds, dune fields, and mountain ranges. The large golden-brown,...
Topics: Where -- Iran, Where -- Afghanistan, Where -- Pakistan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15725
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<font size="-2" face="helvetica, arial, sans"><b>large images:</b> <br/><a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/kathmandu_elevation_lrg.jpg">Elevation</a> (1.2 MB) <br/><a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/kathmandu_reflectance_lrg.jpg">Radar Amplitude</a> (640 K)</font>These Shuttle Radar Topgraphy Mission (SRTM) images...
Topics: What -- SRTM, Where -- Kathmandu, Where -- Nepal
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15888
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
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In this spectacular MODIS image from November 7, 2001, the skies are clear over Alaska, revealing winter's advance. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the image is in its center; in blue against the rugged white backdrop of the Alaska Range, Denali, or Mt. McKinley, casts its massive shadow in the fading daylight. At 20,322 ft (6,194m), Denali is the highest point in North America.South of Denali, Cook Inlet appears flooded with sediment, turning the waters a muddy brown. To the east,...
Topics: Where -- Alaska, Where -- Gulf of Alaska
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15917
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Center pivot irrigation systems create red circles of healthy vegetation in this image of croplands near Garden City, Kansas.This image was acquired by <a HREF="http://landsat7.usgs.gov/">Landsat 7’s</a> Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor on September 25, 2000. This is a false-color composite image made using near infrared, red, and green wavelengths. The image has also been sharpened using the sensor’s panchromatic band.
Topic: Where -- Kansas
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16112
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by Image courtesy the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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According to news sources, a barge loaded with fuel exploded at a loading dock on Staten Island on the morning of February 21, 2003, shaking buildings for miles around and sending a column of thick black smoke into the air. Initial reports from Staten Island officials indicate the explosion was the result of an accident, not terrorism or sabotage. The barge was unloading 100,000 gallons of unleaded gas when the explosion occurred. Hours after the explosion, the burning fuel was producing heavy...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16369
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Pando Province, Bolivia, and adjacent parts of Brazil and Peru are seen in this visualization of Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) elevation data covering part of the Amazon Basin. Most of this region is covered by tropical rainforest and is still largely unaltered by development, though new roads are providing increased access to the area, leading to changes in the landscape. SRTM data provide the first detailed three-dimensional look at the landforms of this region, and the Amazon Basin...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, Where -- Bolivia, Where -- Brazil, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16487
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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Fast-moving forest fires continued to race through terrain at the front range of the Rocky Mountains in northern Montana (bottom right) and Alberta, Canada (top right), on July 27, 2003. In Montana, the fires (marked in red) forced thousands of tourists and staff to evacuate Glacier National Park (image center) late last week, while in Canada, the blaze forced many residents of the small community of Hillcrest to evacuate their homes on Sunday. The Canadian fire, moving through the forest at...
Topics: What -- FAST, What -- Aqua, Where -- Montana, Where -- Canada
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16526
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA GSFC
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In the West Indies, the Soufriere Hills Volcano on the island of Montserrat erupted explosively between July 12-14, 2003, causing collapse of portions of the volcanic dome and creating huge pyroclastic flows (fast-moving clouds of hot ash and rock) that spread 2 kilometers out over the ocean. In places on the tiny island, the flows deposited a layer of ash 115 mm (4.5 inches) deep. The explosions and collapses of the volcano modified the island topography especially in the Tar River Valley on...
Topics: What -- FAST, Where -- Montserrat
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16516
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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During its daytime overpass of the southeast coast of Brazil on March 26, 2004, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">(MODIS)</a> on the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite captured this surprising sight: a tropical cyclone.The South Atlantic is generally not thought of by meteorologists as a place...
Topic: Where -- Brazil
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16768
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by Image and caption courtesy Owen Kelley, Steve Lang, and Jeff Halverson, NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission at Goddard Space Flight Center.
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After an eventful voyage through the Atlantic, Hurricane Jeanne struck the east coast of Florida on Sunday, September 26, 2004, as shown in the image above. The data in this image was collected by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (<a href="http://www.trmm.gsfc.nasa.gov/">TRMM</a>) satellite at 09:47 UTC (4:47 AM EDT), when the storm was at Category 3 on the Saffir/Simpson scale, with sustained surface winds of 110 mph. In the image above, the black...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- Florida, Where -- Dominican Republic,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16953
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The Earth’s solid surface floats on a layer of softer rock as a collection of interlocking, movable puzzle pieces called tectonic plates. At 7:58 a.m. (local time), on December 26, 2004, beneath the Indian Ocean west of Sumatra, Indonesia, pent-up energy from the compressional forces of one tectonic plate grinding under another found a weak spot in the overlying rock. The rock was thrust upward, and the Earth shook as a 9.0 magnitude earthquake sent its vibrations out into the ocean. Tsunamis...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS), What -- FAST, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17044
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by Image produced by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC) and caption by Steve Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC).
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Rainfall across the United States in the winter of 2005-06 has shown the classic pattern of a La Niña event. La Niña is a climate anomaly (departure from average conditions) that consists of cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the central and eastern Pacific and warmer-than-average SSTs over the western Pacific. Changes in the atmospheric circulation occur during La Niña events, as well. These combined ocean-atmosphere changes are likely responsible for the drought in...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- United States of America, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17488
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by NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the University of Maryland’s .
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Lava Beds National Monument sits just a few miles south of the border between Oregon and California and within sight of Mount Shasta in the Cascade Mountains. Like <a HREF="/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=16363">Craters of the Moon National Monument</a> in Idaho, it is a recently formed (geologically speaking) set of basaltic lava flows, creating a foreboding landscape of sharp obsidian, cinder and spatter cones, twisted rivers of solidified rock,...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Oregon, Where -- California, Where -- Idaho, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17336
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by NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC
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Typhoon Mawar (left) is posing photogenically with Tropical Cyclone Guchol in this satellite image. Both storms are far out in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, some 900 kilometers from Tokyo. They are traveling in parallel with each other, both headed roughly northwest at comparable speeds. Mawar, however, will strike mainland Japan on its projected course, and will have built to a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of over 320 kilometers per hour (200 miles per hour) as it strikes shore...
Topics: Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Tokyo, Where -- Japan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17282
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by NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using ASTER data made available by NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
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The Alps may be more famous, but the Pyrenees have been around much longer—tens of millions of years longer, in fact. These mountains formed between 100 and 150 million years ago when the landmass that Spain occupies pushed into the one that France occupies. The mountains have served as a natural barrier between the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and the rest of Europe ever since. Stretching east to west across 430 square kilometers (267 miles), the Pyrenees fall mostly within...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, Where -- Spain, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17551
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The southern tip of South America tapers off into a collection of rugged islands known as Tierra del Fuego. The southernmost headland in this archipelago (group of islands) is Cape Horn. Before the completion of the Panama Canal, ships had to “round the Horn” in order to move goods or people from the Atlantic side of North and South America to the Pacific. The area is notorious for its sailing hazards: strong winds, large waves, and icebergs drifting up from Antarctica.This image from the...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, Where -- Panama
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17543
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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On May 8, 2002, the Blackjack Bay complex fire in southeast Georgia was creating heavy smoke. This image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite. The lightning-caused fire is mostly being allowed to take its natural course; however, structures and private property are being protected. Sensor: Terra/MODIS.
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Georgia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17749
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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The skies over Cape Verde were filled with dust blowing westward from the African Sahara on April 30, 2002. This true-color image of the event was acquired by the <a href="http://modarch.gsfc.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS), flying aboard NASA?s <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> spacecraft.Note the lacy cloud pattern (von...
Topic: Where -- Cape Verde
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17729
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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In northwestern Australia, fires continue to dot the landscape on May 22, 2002. Fires have been burning in this region since early April, and may be part of a planned burn program that seeks to reduce uncontrolled fire danger later in the dry season.Please note that the high-resolution scene provided here is 500 meters per pixel. For a copy of the scene at the sensor's fullest resolution, visit the <a HREF="http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2002142-0522"...
Topic: Where -- Australia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17782
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Many fires (red pixels) dot the landscape across Southern Central Africa, including parts of Angola, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There is a faint greyish haze covering much of the region, particularly toward the north (top) of this scene. The fires are mostly the result of slash and burn agriculture, which is a common practice in this region during this time of year.Please note that the high-resolution scene provided here is 500 meters per pixel. For a copy of the scene at...
Topics: Where -- Angola, Where -- Zambia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17805
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In the Alberta (left), Saskatchewan (center), and Manitoba (right) provinces of Canada, several prairie fires were burning on May 20, 2002. This image, including fire detections (red outlines), was made by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS). In Alberta, at upper left of the image, it appears that fires are also burning in the boreal forest, the evergreen-dominated...
Topic: Where -- Canada
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17775
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This image from May 16, 2002, from the Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) shows the state of Alaska, including smoke plumes from several fires in the central portion of the state. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS.
Topic: Where -- Alaska
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17812
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by Image courtesy Liam Gumley, , University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Over the weekend, the Rodeo and Chediski Fires in Arizona grew explosively, and the two large fires are now beginning to merge. Smoke from the fires is stretching hundreds of kilometers northeast, where it may be mingling with smoke from the Missionary Ridge Fire in Colorado. The Rodeo Fire is now 205,000 acres, and the Chediski is over 100,000. More than 200 structures have been lost in the two blazes, but many more hundreds have been saved by firefighters. This <a...
Topics: Where -- Arizona, Where -- Colorado
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17856
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by Image courtesy Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory; data provided by the at NASA GSFC
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Both Typhoon Fengshen and Tropical Storm Fung-Wong can be seen over the western Pacific Ocean in this rare true color image taken on July 25, 2002, by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS), flying aboard NASA?s <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Terra</a> spacecraft.Typhoon Fengshen, which has since been...
Topics: Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Japan, Where -- China
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17918
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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Tropical Storm Edouard is looking decidedly more organized in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from Tuesday, September 3, 2002, than it did the previous day. Located off the Atlantic Coast of the southeast United States, the storm briefly intensified between September 2 and 3, but by the time this image was acquired by the Terra satellite on...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Florida
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18017
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by Image provided by the Satellite Systems Branch.
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On Wednesday, August 7, 2002, two large Oregon fires merged into a single massive fire of more than 333,000 acres. In southwest Oregon, the Sour Biscuit fire on the Oregon-California state line, and the larger Florence Fire to its north closed the gap between them and created an enormous blaze that retained the name Biscuit Fire. The fire has burned over the Oregon state line into California. This image of the fires and thick smoke was captured by the landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus on...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Oregon, Where -- California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17974
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by Image courtesy the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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Ecuador?s El Reventador volcano, situated roughly 60 miles northeast of Quito, erupted suddenly on November 3, 2002, sending a cloud of ash 10 miles into the sky. This true-color scene was acquired by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS), flying aboard the OrbView-2 satellite, within hours after the eruption began. In this scene, the volcanic plume appears grey and can easily be distinguished from the whiter clouds. Much of the ash has settled onto Ecuador?s capital city and the...
Topic: Where -- Quito
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18140
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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In western Africa, the Sahara desert (top, in Mauritania) blends with a loosely defined strip of transitional vegetation to the south, called the Sahel (lighter green). South of the Sahel, tropical savannas begin to dominate (darker green). This true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/"...
Topics: Where -- Mauritania, Where -- Senegal, Where -- Mali, Where -- Guinea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18160
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by Image courtesy Jeffrey Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC.
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Tropical Cyclone Fari, located approximately 200 miles east of Antananarivo, Madagascar, is moving to the southwest at 12 mph. Packing maximum sustained winds of 46 mph with gusts to 58 mph, Fari is expected to briefly intensify and then quickly weaken as its center moves closer to land.Visit the <a HREF="http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2003028-0128" target="outlink">MODIS Rapid Response Team</a> for a copy of this scene at MODIS' full...
Topics: Where -- Antananarivo, Where -- Madagascar
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18280
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, NASA GSFC
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The MODIS sensor aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite observed a heavy pall of pollution (gray pixels) over much of eastern China on February 19, 2003. The haze appears to be particularly thick over the Shaanxi and Henan provinces in the eastern central part of the country. Notice how the pollution tends to “pool” up around mountainous terrain in the higher resolution version of this scene.The various light brown hues show bare land surface, while the darker browns show vegetated landscapes. A...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- China, Where -- Yellow Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18323
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA GSFC
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With spring just a few weeks away, the North American Great Lakes are still locked in winter. This image from March 9, 2003, shows ice almost completely covering several lakes, including the largest lake?Lake Superior, at upper left. Just left of image center, Lake Michigan shows a ring of ice around its shores and at its northern end, while to the east, Lake Huron is almost completely covered. South of Huron, Lake Erie is veiled by thin clouds, but through the clouds, ice is visible covering...
Topic: Where -- Michigan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18369
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA GSFC
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This <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from the <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Aqua</a> satellite on March 21, 2003, shows fires (red dots) smoking in central Kyushu Island in southern Japan. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS.
Topic: Where -- Japan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18408
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by Image courtesy Jeffrey Schmaltz, NASA GSFC
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A massive plume of Saharan desert dust (light brown pixels) continued its westward trek across the Atlantic Ocean on March 6, 2003, being held aloft and swept along by strong winds. The plume, which originated on March 2, now covers a vast expanse of ocean and appears bound to reach the other side of the Atlantic. This true-color image of the dust storm was made by stitching together four images acquired on the same day by NASA?s Terra and Aqua satellites.The image was made using data from the...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Aqua, What -- Sun, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18362
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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Over the last week, a large, thick plume of dust was blowing off the Sahara Desert and out over the Atlantic Ocean. So thick in some places it almost completely obscures the surface, the worst of the dust storm appears be to skirting south of the Cape Verde Islands.This <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image was captured by <a...
Topics: Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Cape Verde, Where -- Mauritania
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18538
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA GSFC
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A thick plume of dust (light brown) blew over southern Mauritania toward the tropical Atlantic Ocean, on April 27, 2003. In the high-resolution version (click the image above), waves and other structure can be seen in the dust plume. The towns of Rosso and Bogue, Mauritania, are completely obscured by the dust.This true-color image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), aboard the Aqua satellite, on April 27. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS.
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Mauritania, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18528
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by Image courtesy Liam Gumley, based on data acquired by direct broadcast and processed at Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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On Wednesday, April 15, 2003, strong winds blew dust from northern Mexico up into the United States, affecting Texas and New Mexico. In New Mexico at least two people were killed when blowing dust reduced visibility and caused a multiple car accident. This true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) of the storm was captured by the <a...
Topics: Where -- United States of America, Where -- Texas, Where -- New Mexico
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18490
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA GSFC
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This true-color image of Tropical Cyclone Kujira was acquired on April 15, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Aqua satellite.The high-resolution image provided above is 1000 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS' maximum spatial resolution of <a HREF="http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2003105-0415/Kujira.A2003105.0350.250m.jpg" target="outlink">250...
Topic: What -- Aqua
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18491
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA GSFC
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Scores of fires were burning in central South America and were detected by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Aqua</a> satellite on April 16, 2003. Fires (red dots) are visible is Paraguay (top center) and Argentina (left). Right of center, fires are burning in the...
Topics: Where -- Paraguay, Where -- Argentina
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18499
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by Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS), flying aboard the Orbview-2 satellite, captured this view of a massive low pressure system approaching the northern California coast. High winds, heavy rain, and significant snows (elevations above 6000 feet) are expected today as this strong storm spins onshore. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS.
Topic: Where -- California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18527
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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First captured in imagery acquired on June 25, oil and sulfur fires continued to burn in Iraq on June 28, 2003. This <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite shows dark brown and black smoke from burning oil in the center of the image, and a white...
Topic: Where -- Iraq
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18656
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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Several fires were detected by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Aqua</a> satellite on June 30, 2003, on the Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland. The fires have been marked with red dots.The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18662
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by Image produced by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC) and caption by Steve Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC).
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Heavy rains fell over and around southern Japan over the past week triggering numerous mudslides that were responsible for killing 14 people with several still missing. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission-based, near-real time Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center shows rainfall totals for the period of July 14-21, 2003. The heaviest amounts are over the western part of Kyushu with rainfall totals of up to 10 inches (red areas). Upwards of 8 inches of...
Topics: Where -- Japan, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18714
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC.
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On Tuesday, June 18, 2003, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument onboard the Terra spacecraft captured this true-color image of Typhoon Soudelor in the Philippine Sea.In this image, Soudelor is centered about 190 miles west-southwest of Okinawa and is packing maximum sustained winds of 132 mph, with gust to 161 mph. The image clearly shows a symmetric eye approximately 21 miles in diameter.The high-resolution image available here is 1000 meters per pixel. Click...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Philippine Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18624
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by Image courtesy Jesse Allen, based on data from the at NASA GSFC
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The area affected by the B & B Complex Fire in Oregon swelled to more than 61,000 acres as of September 3, 2003. This image of the complex was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite on September 2, and it shows the active fire detections observed by the sensor marked in yellow with a red outline. The fire is burning in terrain on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range Mountains, which stand out in forested green in the center of the...
Topic: Where -- Oregon
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18837
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, NASA-GSFC.
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Fires are spread across a large swath of the Kimberley Plateau in the northern part of Western Australia in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">(MODIS)</a> image captured by the Terra satellite on November 8, 2003. Several of the active fires (marked with red dots) have burned large areas, which appear deep brown against the paler tan savanna landscape.The high-resolution image...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Australia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18997
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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The outer bands of Hurricane Isabel sweep over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in this true-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink"> Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite on September 17, 2003 at 2:24 pm, US Eastern time. At this time, the eye of the hurricane was still about 350 miles from the US shoreline, but moving north-northwest at 11 miles per hour. Isabel is a...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- North Carolina
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18887
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by Image courtesy Jesse Allen, based on data from the at NASA GSFC
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Lingering Saharan dust blows over the Cape Verde Islands and extends across the western Atlantic. The tan plume first became visible in satellite images on October 3, but by October 8, the plume was gone. This true color image from October 6 shows how far the dust had traveled in just a few days. Traces of dust can still be seen in images taken to the southwest of this one.This true-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Cape Verde
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18929
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC.
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The MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Kate on October 5, 2003 at 16:35 UTC. In this image Kate had sustained winds of 100 mph but was expected to begin weakening as the storm encountered cooler Atlantic waters. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS.
Topic: What -- Aqua
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18923
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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These false-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) images show the extent of flooding along the southern reaches of the Rhone River in France. Almost constant rain has fallen over the region since early October. Then, torrential rains began on December 1, 2003, pushing the Rhone River to its highest ever recorded volume. Thousands of people fled their homes as the flood...
Topics: Where -- France, Where -- Black Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19035
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by Image courtesy Liam Gumley, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour (80 kph) kicked up a number of thick dust plumes in parts of Texas, New Mexico, and northern Mexico on December 15, 2003. The U.S. National Weather Service issued warnings to people driving near Lubbock, Texas, due to the poor visibility and windy conditions there.This true-color scene was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite. Note there are two distinct sources of dust plumes in...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Texas, Where -- New Mexico
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19043
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by Image courtesy Jesse Allen, based on data from the at NASA GSFC
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Thick haze blurs the North China Plain, right, and snakes through the valley the Yellow River cuts through the Luliang Shan Mountains, left. In the north, the haze seems to dissipate near China’s capital, Beijing, west of the Bo Hai, the bay off the Yellow Sea. In this <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image captured on April 5, 2004, by the <a...
Topics: Where -- The Valley, Where -- China, Where -- Yellow Sea, Where -- Beijing
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19212
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by Image by Jesse Allen, based on data from the NASA-GSFC
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In south-central Russia, fires have been spreading across the steppes and taiga of the region during May, many of which are forest fires burning out of control, according to regional news reports. Several people lost their lives in fires that swept through villages in the Ural Mountains in western Russia. This image was captured by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS)...
Topic: Where -- Russia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19294
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by Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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During its daytime overpass of the southeast coast of Brazil on March 26, 2004, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">(MODIS)</a> on the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite captured this surprising sight: a tropical cyclone.The South Atlantic is generally not thought of by meteorologists as a place...
Topic: Where -- Brazil
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19186
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA-GSFC
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Dozens of fires were burning in eastern China near the mouth of the Yangtze River (top of the image) on May 6, 2004. The fires were detected by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on NASA’s <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite during its morning overpass of the region, and have been...
Topic: Where -- China
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19267
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The MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Typhoon Namtheun churning in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. At the time this image was taken, Namtheun had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph with gusts to 92 mph and was moving towards the northwest at 8 mph. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS.
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Pacific Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19426