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.
The Island Nation of Nauru
Nauru is the world's smallest island country, with only 21 square kilometers (8 square miles) of land area. Since the early 1900s, the tiny island has been mined for its rich phosphate reserves.
Old Name, New Elevation for North America’s Highest Peak
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently announced that the highest point in North America, formerly known as Mount McKinley, will be designated by the name Denali in all federal records. Later, U.S. Geological Survey acting Director Suzette Kimball announced that the Denali summit has a new, official elevation of 20,310 feet.
Burned Area Analysis for the Soda Fire, Idaho
On August 10, 2015, the Soda Fire began burning about 8 miles northeast of Jordan Valley, OR. It spread rapidly because of high winds, parched fuels, triple digit heat, and low humidity. Over 283,000 acres had burned by August 20.
Expansion of the Suez Canal, Egypt
The Suez Canal is a man-made waterway connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. It is one of the world's most important waterways for trade, but the main channel was previously too narrow to allow ships to travel and pass in opposite directions.
Island-Building in the South Pacific
An undersea volcano between the two small islands of Hunga Tonga (right) and Hunga Ha'apai (left) began erupting in early December 2014. After about a month of eruptive activity, a new landmass had formed, nearly joining the two islands.
Laguna Pastos Grandes, Bolivia
Laguna Pastos Grandes is a shallow salt lake located in Bolivia’s Pastos Grandes volcanic caldera.
Eye of the Sahara, Mauritania
Near the western edge of the Sahara Desert is a feature that resembles a large eye when viewed from space.
Lusi Mud Volcano, Indonesia
The largest mud volcano in the world is located in Porong, Sidoarjo in Indonesia, where it is locally called the Lusi Mud Volcano. Mud volcanoes are created when hot mud (rather than lava) erupts from a vent on the Earth's surface. This type of eruption typically includes a mixture of steam and gas, groundwater, and mud-based slurry.
Sockeye Fire, Alaska
The afternoon of Sunday June 14, Alaskan authorities were notified of a 40-acre fire in Willow, AK. Named the Sockeye Fire for the street where the fire began, the fire moved quickly through the black spruce forested area due to flat topography and hot, dry, windy weather.
Trinity River Flooding, Texas
Heavy rains fell over Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana in late May 2015. Many lakes and rivers filled and overflowed their banks, causing widespread flooding in both urban and rural areas.