National Land Imaging Program


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October 28, 2019

Image of the Week - Massive Berg Adrift in Antarctica

In September of 2019, a 315 ton iceberg known as D28 broke free from the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica. The berg has a surface area of more than 600 square miles, roughly comparable to the size of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. It's the largest iceberg to calve from
Star Dunes,
September 27, 2019

Landsat image of Star dunes, Sossusvlei, Namibia. 

Star dunes, colored red by iron oxide sand, are seen in this Landsat scene from Sossusvlei in Namibia. 

Earth as Art, Garden City, Kansas
September 27, 2019

Earth as Art, Garden City, Kansas

Landsat 7 Earth as Art image. Center pivot irrigation systems created these circular patterns in crop land near Garden City, Kansas. The red circles indicate irrigated crops of healthy vegetation. The light-colored circles represent harvested crops.

September 16, 2019

Image of the Week - Unplanted Acres in South Dakota

Abnormally high spring rainfall and subsequent flooding in the Midwest had a season-long impact on cropland production. In these Landsat images of South Dakota growing vegetation is shown as green and unplanted areas appear pink. The difference between 2018 and 2019 is striking.

A designation of "prevented planting" is given to unplanted acres as a signal to crop

August 1, 2019

Image of the Week - A Tear in the Mojave

Satellite imagery shows the rupture and shifting of land near Ridgecrest, CA from the July 2019 earthquakes.

Satellite image showing all the cropland not planted due to wet weather in 2019.
July 29, 2019

South Dakota's Unplanted Acres of 2019

Abnormally high spring rainfall and subsequent flooding in the Midwest in 2019 had a season-long impact on cropland production.

July 16, 2019

Image of the Week - Moon Craters in Arizona

Before landing on the surface of the moon in 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin needed a training ground that matched their destination's cratered surface.

In the U.S., that turned out to be northern Arizona. Starting in 1967, the U.S. Geological Survey used hundreds of pounds of dynamite to blast holes into the surface of ancient lava fields south of

July 11, 2019

Image of the Week - 50 Year Flood Flashback

A Landsat satellite image captured the flooding in Dell Rapids, SD in the Spring of 2019. It's remarkably similar to an aerial photograph of flooding 50 years earlier. 

satellite image showing walls built to stop water into city
April 23, 2019

Sea Walls of Japan

An earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011 leveled cities and left 18,000 people dead along the east coast of Japan.

The government responded with a plan to build hundreds of sea walls in hopes of protecting coastal communities from future disasters.

March 26, 2019

Using the Compare Browse Function in EarthExplorer

This tutorial explains how to use the compare browse functionality in EarthExplorer to preview Landsat scenes prior to downloading. 

Satellite image showing differences in flooding from 1969 to 2019.
March 23, 2019

A 50-Year Flooding Flashback

The high-water marks set by the Big Sioux River in cities across southeastern South Dakota have threatened to overtake records set 50 years ago, when the Army Corps of Engineers led missions to document the damage through hundreds of aerial photographs.

Map of AK showing probability of change occurrence
December 31, 2018

Map of AK showing probability of change occurrence

Map of Alaska showing probability (%) of change occurrence. Insets show fire boundaries from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Large Fire Database and Landsat 8 imagery (bottom right; 2016) north of Fairbanks, Alaska.