13 Aug '11, 10pm

Omulyakhskaya and Khromskaya Bays, Northern Siberia [image] #NASA

Omulyakhskaya and Khromskaya Bays lie along the northern Siberian coast, southeast of the Lyakhov Islands. The northerly location almost guarantees ice in the adjacent East Siberian Sea, and permafrost blankets the land around the bays. The Thematic Mapper on the Landsat 5 satellite captured this natural-color image on June 15, 2009, when ice lingered on the sea surface and on some inland water bodies. The land around the bays is dotted with thermokarst lakes, which result from water released by thawing permafrost. Lacking drainage, the melt water accumulates, forming small lakes. Although far too cold for a pleasant dip, the water in these lakes is generally warm compared to the surrounding frozen ground. Because the beds of thermokarst lakes rarely freeze, they warm the ground underneath, generally keeping it from freezing. Known as talik, this unfrozen ground is softer ...

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Omulyakhskaya and Khromskaya Bays lie along the northern Siberian coast, southeast of the Lyakhov Islands. The northerly l...

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Omulyakhskaya and Khromskaya Bays lie along the northern Siberian coast, southeast of the Lyakhov Islands. The northerly l...

Island of Crete, Greece [image] #NASA

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 14 Aug '11, 10pm

In classical Greek mythology, the island of Crete was home to King Minos and the terrible Minotaur, a beast that was half ...

Cakaulevu Reef, Fiji [image] #NASA

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 12 Aug '11, 10pm

Surrounded by the warm waters of the South Pacific, the Fiji Islands are often cloaked in clouds when the Aqua or Terra sa...

See the island of Crete, Greece, from the Inter...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 15 Aug '11, 12am

In classical Greek mythology, the island of Crete was home to King Minos and the terrible Minotaur, a beast that was half ...

Puyehue-Cordón Caulle [image] #NASA

Puyehue-Cordón Caulle [image] #NASA

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 18 Aug '11, 4pm

For two and a half months Chile’s Puyehue Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex has erupted nearly continuously. Since the violen...

Puyehue-Cordón Caulle [image] #NASA

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 19 Aug '11, 10pm

Puyehue Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex emitted a pale plume of gas and ash on August 18, 2011. Activity started on June 4,...

Looking Down on a Shooting Star [image] #NASA

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 16 Aug '11, 10pm

Many people have spent time outdoors under a dark sky, watching for “shooting stars” to streak across the firmament. In so...

NASA Earth Observato Island of Crete, Greece: C...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 14 Aug '11, 10pm

In classical Greek mythology, the island of Crete was home to King Minos and the terrible Minotaur, a beast that was half ...

Amazing shot of a Perseid meteor, seen from space:

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 16 Aug '11, 10pm

Many people have spent time outdoors under a dark sky, watching for “shooting stars” to streak across the firmament. In so...

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Cakaulevu Reef, Fiji: An unusually cloud-free d...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 12 Aug '11, 10pm

Surrounded by the warm waters of the South Pacific, the Fiji Islands are often cloaked in clouds when the Aqua or Terra sa...

Quick trip to the South Pacific: Here's the Fij...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 15 Aug '11, 9am

Surrounded by the warm waters of the South Pacific, the Fiji Islands are often cloaked in clouds when the Aqua or Terra sa...

Flooding in the Missouri Basin [image] #NASA

Flooding in the Missouri Basin [image] #NASA

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 12 Aug '11, 8pm

Floods lingered along the Missouri River between Nebraska City and Hamburg, Iowa, in early August 2011. The Thematic Mappe...