More images from NASA’s Earth Observatory

by Ulf on October 20th, 2009

Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat

The original is here.

Marion Island, South Africa

The original is here.

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea

by Ulf on July 14th, 2009

I can’t resist these pictures from NASA’s Earth Observatory. The original is here.

Saint Helena Island

by Ulf on June 16th, 2009

Another beautiful shot from NASA’s Earth Observatory. The original is here.

Fall Colors the Caucasus Mountains

by Ulf on November 12th, 2008

The Caucasus Mountains

So beautiful, yet so violent. The full-size image is available at the NASA Earth Observatory.

The ephemeral beauty of rocks

by Ulf on August 11th, 2008

Last week one of the famous rock arches of Arches National Park in Utah -called Wall Arch- collapsed from erosion under its own weight. These are before/after pictures of it:

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The Earth in pictures

by Ulf on July 9th, 2008

NASA being a public agency, it makes a lot of the pictures taken in space available to anyone who’s interested. The Earth Observatory is a site that collects many of these images, along with descriptions of what they show, and how what’s being pictured is changing over time. One neat feature of the site is the weekly email service that tells about new images added to the collection. Amongst this week’s additions were Algal Bloom along the Coast of China, Flooding in Des Moines, Iowa and Wild Fires Near Big Sur, California, but not all images relate to current events.

I find a lot of these images and their stories fascinating, and some just plain beautiful.