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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.

Ring of Fire in Australia Visible in NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP Image

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image of fires in Western Australia using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on May 15, 2019.

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.

Ann (Southern Pacific Ocean)

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Southern Pacific Ocean and captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Ann in the Coral Sea, off the east coast of Queensland, Australia.

Two Decades of Change at Pine Island Glacier

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

NASA's GRACE: What We've Learned from Water in Motion

GRACE data, collected from 2002 to 2017 while the mission was active, are still being used to improve our understanding of water in motion and its sometimes surprising effects on our planet.

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.

Lili (Southern Indian Ocean)

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean and captured a visible image of newly formed Tropical Cyclone Lili, located north of the coast of Australia’s Northern Territory.

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.

Fires in Australia’s Northern Territory

The government of Australia’s Northern Territory posted an incident map on May 7 that identified several fires burning far to the southeast of Darwin and one fire far to the south of the city.

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.

Ozone Monitoring Instrument Team Spots “Fingerprints” on Earth’s Atmosphere

NASA FEATURE – DraftOzone Monitoring Instrument Team Spots “Fingerprints” on Earth’s AtmosphereThe Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) aboard NASA’s Aura satellite specializes in finding “fingerprints” — signatures of gases and particles that clutter the atmosphere.

NASA's Aqua Satellite Detects Many Fires in Guinea, Africa

The African country of Guinea is experiencing a spate of fires across its landscape.

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.

How Atmospheric Sounding Transformed Weather Prediction

In the late 1950s, a scientist named Lewis Kaplan divined a new and groundbreaking way to calculate temperature in the atmosphere for weather forecasting: by measuring the vibration of molecules at different altitudes.

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.
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