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How Glaciers Turn Lakes Turquoise

Fine particles of pulverized rock absorb and scatter sunlight in ways that can give water a striking blue-green color.

Spring Freeze in the Labrador Sea

Filaments of sea ice stretch across the waters off southern Greenland, an area that is typically ice-free.

Wildfire Smoke Shrouds Mexico City

Officials declared an environmental emergency due to unhealthy air quality.

Surging Glacier Creates a New Lake

Local authorities are watching closely after a fast-advancing glacier in northern Pakistan blocked a stream and created a temporary lake.

Contrails Over the Gulf of California

The corridor between the United States and Mexico is a fairly busy one for air traffic—heavy enough to produce plenty of contrails, but not so much that they all blend together.

Two Decades of Change at Pine Island Glacier

As this Antarctic glacier sheds huge icebergs more frequently, scientists are closely monitoring the retreat.

Dust Swirls over Asia

In May 2019, dust from the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts swirled high into the atmosphere as a spring storm passed through China and Mongolia.

Fires Burn in Guerrero, Mexico

The blazes have been difficult to control because of strong winds.

Flooding Continues Along the Mississippi

The Landsat 8 satellite observed water out of the river banks and on the floodplains near St. Louis.

Lights Out after Cyclone Fani

The powerful storm, one of the worst to hit India since 1999, knocked out electricity across the state of Odisha.

Reservoir Swells Upstream of Mosul

Satellite data shows that water levels in Iraq’s largest reservoir have reached heights not seen in more than a decade.

Fires Burn Across the UK

It is not even summertime, but already the United Kingdom has seen a significant number of wildfires.

Spring Fires in Khabarovsk

A fast-moving blaze charred far eastern Russia and lofted a pillar of smoke high into the air.

Folding a Mountain

The Flinders Ranges—the largest mountain range in South Australia—is a classic example of a folded mountain range.

Fani Threatens India

The storm strengthened and bore down on the country's eastern coast as a very severe tropical cyclone.

Atacama Greening

A burst of wildflowers and other plant growth followed damaging floods in northern Chile.

Choking on Saharan Dust

A new analysis suggests that exposure to mineral dust may be a bigger cause of premature death in Africa than previously thought.

Seeing the Sea Through the Years

In several decades of observing the ocean with satellites, our vision has changed as much as the sea.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Celebrates 60 Years

On May 1, 1959, the Beltsville Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was renamed NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in honor of Robert H. Goddard, widely considered the father of modern rocketry. Thus began a 60-year boom in science and technological innovation.

Greenland Refrozen

Most indications of meltwater ponds and lakes on the ice sheet are leftovers from past seasons that have since refrozen.

EO On This Day

In honor of our 20th anniversary, we offer a selection of some of the most beautiful, newsworthy, interesting, and scientifically important images from the past 20 years.

Lithium Harvesting at Salar de Uyuni

The Bolivian salt flat holds vast quantities of the element, but bringing it to market poses challenges.

As a Himalayan Glacier Melts, a Lake Grows

Over the past three decades, India’s Kokthang glacier has been retreating and a nearby lake has doubled in size.

Mozambique Braces for Tropical Cyclone Kenneth

Just five weeks after enduring the worst natural disaster in its recorded history, the African country is facing another serious storm threat.

The Comings and Goings of Lakes

Sometimes the slow grind of plate tectonics can determine where and when lakes exist.
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