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Living on the Edge of the Taklimakan Desert

Earth Observatory - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 23:47


Bosten Lake, one of the largest inland lakes in China, and the Kaidu River have made this dry landscape habitable.

July 2016 Was the Hottest Month on Record

Earth Observatory - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 23:47


The record-warm July continued a streak of ten consecutive months that have set new monthly high-temperature records.

Sediment Pours into Lake Pontchartrain

Earth Observatory - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 23:47


After a slow-moving storm system brought severe flooding to southern Louisiana, sediment poured into Lake Pontchartrain.

A Nearly Ice-Free Northwest Passage

Earth Observatory - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 23:47


By mid-August 2016, the famed high-latitude sea route in the Arctic Ocean was open.

Boom-and-Bust Water Supplies in Southeast Australia

Earth Observatory - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 11:49


New maps show the fluctuating river and lake levels in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Hayden Pass and Beaver Creek Fires in Colorado

Earth Observatory - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 11:49


Colorado’s Beaver Creek and Hayden Pass fires continue to blaze.

Unusual Dust Off Chile

Earth Observatory - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 11:49


It is unusual to see large dust events emerge from South America’s west coast, according to atmospheric scientists.

Unusual Dust Off Chile

Earth Observatory - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:05


It is unusual to see large dust events emerge from South America’s west coast, according to atmospheric scientists.

Phytoplankton Bloom off New Jersey

Earth Observatory - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:05


A bloom large enough to be visible from space shows up off the coast of New Jersey.

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