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Spring Heats Up Down Under

The country endured its hottest spring and November on record. Read More...

Early Melting Along the Antarctic Peninsula

About a month before the start of astronomical summer in the southern hemisphere, vast areas of sea ice were already painted blue with meltwater. Read More...

An Unexpected Expanse of Sand in Alaska

Dune fields of interest to scientists who study the Red Planet stand out in the Kobuk Valley amid a backdrop of green. Read More...

Eruption at Lewotolo Volcano

The explosive event lofted ash high above the Indonesian island of Lembata. Read More...

Picturing Earth: Behind the Scenes

From their perch on the space station, astronauts have spent 20 years sharing a story about Earth as they see it from above. Like the directors of a film, those astronaut storytellers have a crew working behind the scenes to help them tell the story. Meet the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit. Read More...

Outburst at Desolation Lake

A flood in a glacial lake behind Lituya Glacier surprised an unsuspecting fisherman and reworked a young delta in Alaska. Read More...

Thomsen River Estuary, Banks Island

Sea ice and waterways along the north side of Canada’s high-Arctic island reveal compelling patterns when viewed from above. Read More...

The Braided Brahmaputra

The river’s high sediment load contributes to the abrupt change in its shape as it exits the Himalayas and hits flatter land. Read More...

Painting Pennsylvania Hills

The region of rolling hills and valleys is part of a geologic formation known as the Ridge and Valley Province that stretches from New York to Alabama. Read More...

A Sliver of Mexico’s “Mother Mountain Range”

The Sierra Madre Oriental is part of a chain that stretches across three continents. Read More...

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