The Land Remote Sensing Image Gallery allows users to see how the surface of the Earth is changing rapidly, at local, regional, national, even global scales, with significant repercussions for people, the economy, and the environment.
Changes to Lake Urmia, Iran
Lake Urmia, located in northwestern Iran, was once one of the largest saltwater lakes in the Middle East. These Landsat images show the changes to Lake Urmia’s surface area over the past fourteen years.
Iceland's Ice Caps
These two Landsat images show several of Iceland's ice caps as they appeared in September 1986 and 2014.
Fires Near Cape Town, South Africa
These two Landsat images show the urban area around Cape Town, South Africa. The more recent image (right) reveals scars from several fires that broke out in early March 2015, and were intensified by strong winds and hot summer temperatures.
Agricultural Land Use along the Chira River, Peru
These two Landsat images show the expansion of agricultural fields along the Chira River in northern Peru.
New Land Forming in the Atchafalaya Basin
Most of the Mississippi River Delta in southern Louisiana is sinking. An area almost the size of Delaware has been lost to subsidence over the past 80 years. However, further west along the coastline is an area of delta buildup.
Chesapeake Bay: A Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Mosaic
Chesapeake Bay is the Nation`s largest estuary and its restoration and protection is a priority. The USGS provides scientific information to help manage this vital ecosystem.
Three Gorges Dam, China
These Landsat images show the site of the Three Gorges Dam in China, which is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world.
Topaz Solar Farm, California
The Topaz Solar Farm is one of the largest solar farms in the United States.
Sampson Flat Fire, Australia
The Sampson Flat Fire started on January 2, 2015 near Adelaide, Australia.
Multiple Storms along the Vietnam Coastline
In July 2014, rains from Typhoon Rammasun triggered heavy flooding as it made landfall in northern Vietnam. Only two months later, Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall along the same section of coast.