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The Ozone Hole: Closing the Gap

After thinning at alarming rates in the 1980s and 90s, the ozone layer over Antarctica is starting to recover. Watch how ozone concentrations in the stratosphere have changed from 1979 through 2018.

Countdown to Calving at Brunt Ice Shelf

Cracks growing across the ice shelf are poised to release an iceberg about twice size of New York City.

Love is in the Air

This Valentine in the sky is the visible expression of fluid dynamics at work.

A Strong Start to Sierra Snowpack

A succession of storms in January and February dumped huge amounts of snow on the Sierra Nevada.

Summer Floods in Australia

Weeks of rainfall pounded Queensland in January and February 2019, causing destructive flooding in the region.

China and India Lead the Way in Greening

Ambitious tree-planting programs and intensified agriculture have led to more land area covered in vegetation.

Alaska in Flux: Slumping Coastlines

Erosion is one of the major changes to the state’s landscape in recent decades.

Where Batteries Begin

Chile’s Salar de Atacama has the world’s largest reserve of lithium, which is a key ingredient in rechargeable batteries.

Drought then Deluge Turned a Stable Landslide into Disaster

“Stable landslide” sounds like a contradiction in terms, but there are indeed places on Earth where land has been creeping downhill slowly and harmlessly for as long as a century.

Floods Soak Argentine Farmland

Some areas received a year’s worth of rain in the first two weeks of January.

Wild Winter Temperature Swings

The bitter cold that gripped the eastern half of the United States has been replaced by record-warmth.

Time Traveling to the Triassic

Fossil remains in Argentina's Talampaya and Ischigualasto Natural Parks document the origins of mammals and dinosaurs.

Another Deadly Dam Collapse in Brazil

A torrent of waste sludge from an iron mine has devastated a small town in Minas Gerais.

A Haircut for Puerto Rico’s Forests

A research team has found that 40 to 60 percent of the tall trees surveyed on the island either lost large branches, were snapped in half, or were uprooted by strong winds from Hurricane Maria.

Etna Awakens on its Side

Lava and ash spewed from a new fissure on the southeastern side of the volcano.

Blistering Summer in Australia

A series of heatwaves has been breaking temperature records across the nation.

Arctic Weather Plunges into North America

The culprit is a familiar one: the polar vortex.

ICESat-2 Sees the Trees in Mexico

The satellite measures more than just polar ice; it also makes detailed elevation measurements over the planet’s tropical and temperate latitudes.

Watercolor Painting of Water Colors

A colorful image of the Arabian Sea shows the various types of activities occurring in the waters.

All of You on the Good Earth

These iconic photos are not new, but their message never gets old.

Summer Bloom in the Argentine Sea

The milky green and blue phytoplankton developed where warmer, saltier coastal waters from the subtropics meet colder, fresher waters flowing from the south.

The Tallest Point in Niger

The Aïr Mountains stand out, aesthetically and geologically, from the surrounding low-lying plains to support unique wildlife.

Soggy 2018 for the Eastern U.S.

See where shallow groundwater has responded to the unusually wet conditions this year.

Lilongwe and Landsat Grew Up Together

A fishing town became a bustling city after Malawi’s president moved the capital there.

Thick and Thin Ice in the Weddell Sea

New elevation measurements will give researchers an unprecedented understanding of the thickness of sea ice, which will be used to help improve climate modeling and forecasts.
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