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Ailsa Craig

Ailsa Craig is a tiny volcanic isle—more specifically, a plug of dense granite leftover from a long-extinct volcano.

Iceland’s Caldera of Hot Springs

If you ever have an urge to hike—or even bathe—inside a volcano, you may want to visit Torfajökull.

NASA Powers on New Instrument Staring at the Sun

NASA has powered on its latest space payload to continue long-term measurements of the Sun's incoming energy.

Floodwaters at the Confluence of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers

Where the states of Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky meet, so do the Wabash and Ohio rivers.

Sand Rush in Wisconsin

There is a mineral rush underway in the Upper Midwest—for sand.

The Sculpting of Ebro Delta

ust over 200 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of Barcelona, Spain’s largest river meets the Mediterranean Sea and creates the Ebro Delta.

Low Sea Ice Amid Arctic Warming

Arctic sea ice reaches its maximum extent each March. In February 2018, the average ice extent was the lowest of any February on record.

Shelly Island: There and Back Again

When a sandbar developed off the shore of North Carolina’s barrier islands in spring 2017, some experts said that the feature was likely to be short-lived. They were right.

Sarawak’s Rajang River Delta

In Sarawak, rivers stem from rivers stemming from even larger rivers. The snake-like nature and sharp turns of these waterways resemble a painting when viewed from space.

A Dry Winter Brings Drought to the US

Just nine months ago, the forests and farmlands of the continental United States were well-watered. By February 2018, drought has reached its highest levels since the spring of 2014.

It’s Fire Season in Southeast Asia

Every January through March, vast numbers of small fires spring up across the countryside in Southeast Asia. Those months usually bring cool, dry weather—perfect conditions for burning.

Flooding in the Central and Southern U.S.

In late February 2018, heavy rains led to damaging floods along rivers in the central and southern United States.

Ethiopia’s Sanetti Plateau

he Bale range in Africa is made up of mountains built upon mountains. Formed tens of millions of years ago by successive outpourings of lava, the Sanetti Plateau towers over southeastern Ethiopia,

Snow Drought in the Rockies

A snow drought doesn’t just make for a bad ski season. It can spell trouble for water managers and communities that depend on melt water to fill reservoirs.

Urban Heat Islands Punch Holes in Fog

In 2016, a satellite image showed peculiar holes in a layer of fog over northern India. Those holes seemed to correspond with the locations of major cities, but the cause was a mystery.

Icy Lake Erie

The unusually cold winter in the Upper Midwest has led to a notable buildup of ice on the Great Lakes.

A Cold Greeting in Pyeongchang

Media reports have described the many ways that cold temperatures have affected the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Greenhouses of Cayambe Valley

Located in Ecuador’s Northern Highlands, the Cayambe Valley has one of the highest densities of greenhouses for rose production in the world.

Glaciers in the Tropics, but Not for Long

Though the Surdiman Range is located just south of the equator, the elevation is high enough and the air temperatures are cold enough to still support a few small areas of “permanent” ice

Old Europe Meets the New World

It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the Americas, and the one that still feels closest to its roots. Some people refer to it as the “most European city in North America.”

Winter Snowscapes in Russia

In the Caucasus Mountains, cold, dry air from Asia intersects with humid air from the Mediterranean, making precipitation amounts uneven across the range.

The Dizzying Depths of Cotahuasi Canyon

Cotahuasi Canyon in Peru stands as a potent reminder of the tremendous erosive power of water and ice.

A View of the Winter Olympics from Above

Since the Winter Olympics were first held in 1924, they only have been hosted twice in Asia, both times in Japan. This year the games will find a new home in South Korea.

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

NASA’s Small Spacecraft Produces First 883-Gigahertz Global Ice-Cloud Map

A bread loaf-sized satellite has produced the world’s first map of the global distribution of atmospheric ice in the 883-Gigahertz band, an important frequency in the submillimeter wavelength for studying cloud ice and its effect on Earth’s climate.
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