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Earth Matters Blog: How Scientists are Tracking Florida’s Red Tides with Satellites and Smartphones

08.24.2018
Put a sample of water from the Gulf of Mexico under a microscope, and you will often find cells of Karenia brevis swimming around. The microscopic algae—the species of phytoplankton responsible for Florida’s worst red tide outbreaks—produce brevetoxin, a compound that in high concentrations can kill wildlife and cause neurological, respiratory, and gastrointestinal issues for people.

Earth Matters Blog: The Trouble with Climate Feedbacks

07.19.2018
A posthumous plea for more satellite observations of carbon arrived this week from astronaut and scientist Piers Sellers.

Earth Matters Blog: Remarkable Images of the Kilauea Eruption You May Have Missed

07.17.2018
For more than two months, lava has been pouring from part of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, destroying homes and remaking the land surface. More data and imagery of the eruption is flowing in from satellites, drones, and ground-based sensors than Earth Observatory can cover, but here are a few striking images that we would be remiss not to share.
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