14 May '11, 10pm

Amman, Jordan [image] #NASA

About 9,000 years ago, a settlement was founded in an area of rolling hills between the fertile Jordan River Valley to the west and desert in the east. Along the banks of the Wadi Amman and its tributaries, this settlement has alternately flourished and declined, but has remained continuously inhabited to the present day. NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite captured this natural-color image of Amman, Jordan, on December 3, 2010. The city forms a rough V shape of gray. West of the city, the terrain is more rugged, with small valleys extending toward the Jordan River. Part of the Dead Sea appears southwest of Amman, and agricultural fields in the Jordan River Valley appear west of town. East of the city, the land is flatter. The uneven terrain in this region is composed of sedimentary rocks—chalk, chert, limestone, and marl —likely deposited when this slab of Earth's crust was underw...

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Amman, Jordan: Acquired December 3, 2010, this ...

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

About 9,000 years ago, a settlement was founded in an area of rolling hills between the fertile Jordan River Valley to the...

Amman, Jordan: Acquired December 3, 2010, this ...

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

About 9,000 years ago, a settlement was founded in an area of rolling hills between the fertile Jordan River Valley to the...

Avachinsky Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula [image]...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 15 May '11, 10pm

The Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia, located along the Pacific “ring of fire,” includes more than 100 volcanoes. While most ...

Morganza Floodway, 1973: Observations by Landsa...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 13 May '11, 10pm

As flood waters continued to surge through the Mississippi River watershed in May 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers w...

Morganza Floodway, 1973: Observations by Landsa...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 13 May '11, 10pm

As flood waters continued to surge through the Mississippi River watershed in May 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers w...

Flood waters flow into the Morganza Spillway on...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 17 May '11, 2am

On May 14, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Spillway in an attempt to ease flooding along the Mi...

Arctic Snow and Ice Cool the Earth [image] #NASA

Arctic Snow and Ice Cool the Earth [image] #NASA

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 19 May '11, 12pm

Snow and ice play an important role in keeping our planet cool, though not in the way you might think. Snow and ice are br...

Gobi Dust over the Sea of Japan [image] #NASA

Gobi Dust over the Sea of Japan [image] #NASA

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 13 May '11, 6pm

Gobi dust continued traveling on May 13, 2011, sweeping over the Sea of Japan. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradi...