Using NASA's latest high-resolution satellite imagery of Earth, datavisualization expert John Nelson has created a pair of captivating animations that track seasonal transformations on the blue marble we call home.
This is a new kind of satellite image of the Earth, showing nothing but vegetation. It allows us to track just how fecund the planet is — and to spot trouble regions where crop growth may soon be hindered by drought. Soon, images like these could become a crucial part of food security.
When this photograph was captured this morning at 1:57 a.m. local Louisiana time, Hurricane Isaac had already made landfall once. The powerful storm had met with Plaquemines Parish, LA at 6:45 the night before, just west of the mouth of the Mississippi River, before marching slowly west, making landfall a second time…
Earth is changing. It's changing so fast that images like this one, which show our planet's Arctic polar ice cap in unprecedented detail, could be impossible to capture, as soon as twenty years from now.
Last week, NASA unveiled the highest-resolution photograph of Earth ever taken... or, rather, the highest-resolution photograph of half the Earth.