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The Geologic Wonder of the Neuquén Basin

The distinctive sedimentary rock formations in west-central Argentina make for a geological and paleontological wonderland.

Smart Phones Bring Smart Irrigation

A project using NASA satellite data helps reduce overwatering and enhances crop yields for Pakistani farmers.

Glacier Flour in Greenland Skies

Satellites captured a rare image of a plume of dusty glacial flour streaming from eastern Greenland.

Lights Out in Michael’s Wake

The powerful storm knocked out power across the southeast U.S., as seen by a NOAA-NASA satellite.

Tara (Eastern Pacific Ocean) 2018

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite found newly developed Tropical Storm Tara affecting the western coast of Mexico.

Autumn Comes to Ogden

Deciduous trees in northern Utah paint the mountains in shades of red, orange, yellow, and purple.

African Smoke-Cloud Connection Target of NASA Airborne Flights

The ORACLES mission is gathering data on how aerosols such as smoke affect clouds and in turn Earth's climate.

Operation IceBridge, ICESat-2 Join Forces To Survey Antarctica

NASA’s decade-long airborne survey of polar ice, Operation IceBridge, is once again probing Antarctica, but this year is different: it is the first time that the IceBridge team and instruments survey the frozen continent while NASA’s brand-new ICESat-2 studies it from space.

Hurricane Michael's Path of Power Outages Seen by Satellite

Hurricane Michael's path caused a swath of power outages as it tore through the panhandle of Florida.

All Eyes on Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael plowed into the Florida panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 10, as a major Category 4 storm -- the strongest hurricane ever to hit that region.

Fires Around the Maikaeleo Forest Reserve in Botswana

Patches of black and brown, scorched earth and pale gray wispy trailing lines of smoke surround the Maikaelelo Forest Reserve in Botswana in this false-color image from October 11, 2018.

Update: Michael (Gulf of Mexico) 2018

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite obtained an infrared view of Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico on Oct. 10 at 0732 UTC (2:32 a.m. CDT). At the time, Michael was a Category 4 hurricane.

Papua and Papua New Guinea Experience High Numbers of Wildfires

Both the northernmost province of Indonesia of Papua, and the country of Papua New Guinea are experiencing a very high number of wildfires.

NASA’s Terra Satellite Celebrates 100,000 Orbits

More than 400 miles above Earth, a satellite the size of a school bus is earning its frequent flyer miles. On Oct. 6, NASA’s Terra completed 100,000 orbits around Earth. Terra, which launched Dec. 18, 1999, is projected to continue operation into the 2020s.

Titli (Northern Indian Ocean) 2018

Tropical Cyclone Titli formed late on Oct. 9 and continued to strengthen as it moved through the Northern Indian Ocean toward the Indian continent.

Luban (Northern Indian Ocean) 2018

Luban formed on Oct. 8 in the Arabian Sea, Northern Indian Ocean and threatens Oman.

Verity Flower Uses Satellite Data to Study Volcanoes

I’m the resident volcanologist in our lab. I use satellite data to study volcanic eruptions.

Flood Basalts on Mars and Iceland

A team of NASA scientists headed to Holuhraun because the volcano has geologic cousins on Mars.

Nadine (East Atlantic Ocean)

NASA sees the development of Eastern Atlantic Tropical Storm Nadine.

An Outflow Boundary—Not a Jellyfish—Over Africa

The peculiar curved shape of this cloud over Mali is the product of a phenomenon associated with thunderstorms.

Early Warnings for Crop Failures

he Crop Monitor for Early Warning provides scientific alerts for countries that may be in danger of low crop yields.

Dive Into a 360-View of Hurricane Maria

This 3-D visualization of Hurricane Maria reveals the processes inside the 2017 storm that would fuel its intensification from a category 1 to 5 storm within 24 hours.

End of Season Wildfire in Tuscany, Italy

At the end of the summer wildfire season for Italy a large fire in the Tuscany region (Pisa Province) broke out on September 24, 2018.

Rosa’s Rainfall

Remnants of Hurricane Rosa delivered heavy rain and caused flash floods in northwestern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest.

NASA Airborne Team Surveys Flooding from Hurricane Florence

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which struck the Carolinas on Sept. 14 causing widespread damage, NASA quickly deployed a sophisticated airborne radar to give disaster response agencies a much-needed view of floodwaters that continued to threaten the region.
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