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A Bloom of Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria

09.16.2019
An important player in the nitrogen cycle, Trichodesmium makes a seasonal appearance off the northeast coast of Australia.

Marine Heat Wave Returns to the Northeast Pacific

09.13.2019
The warm surface water this summer was caused by an unusual and persistent weather pattern.

NASA Ocean Ecosystem Mission Moves Forward

08.28.2019
Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission passed its preliminary design review in August 2019, meaning the team can create its final designs and prepare for construction and testing.

Tawny Swirls in the Kara Sea

08.17.2019
Freshwater from the Yenisei River, stained brown with organic materials, mixes with Arctic seawater off the coast of Russia.

Iceland’s Waters Abloom

07.15.2019
July 2019 brought the latest display of a phytoplankton bloom that occurs every year in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Kolyma’s Annual Purge

07.14.2019
Every June, the Kolyma River thaws and carries organic materials that stain the Arctic Ocean.

NASA Satellites Find Biggest Seaweed Bloom in the World

07.09.2019
An unprecedented belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico—and it’s likely here to stay.

The Sea Takes Back a Baby Island

07.05.2019
A tiny island birthed by an earthquake and a mud volcano has faded into the sea.

NASA Helps Warn of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lakes, Reservoirs

06.21.2019
Harmful algal blooms cause massive problems in coastal areas and lakes across the United States. When toxin-containing aquatic organisms multiply and form a bloom, it can sicken people and pets, contaminate drinking water, and force closures at boating and swimming sites. With limited resources to monitor these often-unpredictable blooms, water man

NASA Explores Our Changing Freshwater World

06.12.2019
Water is so commonplace that we often take it for granted. But too much – or too little of it – makes headlines.

Eerie Green Swirls of Lake Khanka

06.10.2019
Located on the border of Russia and China, Lake Khanka plays an important role in supporting biodiversity in the region.

Beauty and a Burden in the Norwegian Sea

06.08.2019
Harmless phytoplankton put on a stunning display, while another less-visible species wreaked havoc on salmon farms.

Bloom in the Parent Stream

06.05.2019
Fueled by the Oyashio current, the waters off of northeastern Japan support a bounty of phytoplankton and fishes.

Seeing the Sea Through the Years

04.30.2019
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

04.29.2019
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.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Social Media, Public Events

04.18.2019
This Earth Day, April 22, NASA invites you to celebrate our beautiful home planet by participating in a global social media event and local events around the country.

Picture Earth for Earth Day 2019

04.12.2019
For Earth Day 2019, NASA invites you to celebrate the planet we call home with our #PictureEarth social media event.

A Bloom after the Storm

04.05.2019
Tropical cyclone Veronica appears to have stirred up swirls of phytoplankton.

NASA Invites Media to 57th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.15.2019
Media are invited to the 57th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium on March 20-21.

New NASA Book Shares Beauty of Earth from Space

02.20.2019
NASA’s new 168-page book “Earth,” a collection of dramatic images captured by Earth-observing satellites, is available now in hardcover and ebook, and online with interactive features.

Watercolor Painting of Water Colors

12.27.2018
A colorful image of the Arabian Sea shows the various types of activities occurring in the waters.

Summer Bloom in the Argentine Sea

12.23.2018
The milky green and blue phytoplankton developed where warmer, saltier coastal waters from the subtropics meet colder, fresher waters flowing from the south.

Spring Bloom for South Africa

11.18.2018
Large phytoplankton blooms tend to occur at intersections: between land and sea, between different ocean currents, and between seasons.

NASA Brings its Science and Supercomputing Advances to SC18

11.05.2018
From designing rocket launch pad components and safer rotorcraft to improving flood and drought forecasts to modeling the formation of planetary disks, NASA will highlight supercomputing advances at SC18, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Nov. 12 to 15 in Dallas.

Space Views Aid Florida ‘Red Tide’ Health Alerts

10.30.2018
This summer and early fall, beachgoers and residents along Florida’s central Gulf Coast endured an unpleasant and, at worst, debilitating aquatic annoyance: a dangerous red tide.
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