National Land Imaging Program


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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.

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. 

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.

Satellite picture showing the Woolsey fire in California
November 8, 2018

Fires Burning Across California

Satellites have captured views of the numerous major fires burning in California.

Chesapeake Bay: A Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Mosaic
October 23, 2018

Chesapeake Bay: A Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Mosaic

Chesapeake Bay is the Nation's largest estuary and its restoration and protection is a priority. The USGS provides scientific information to help manage this vital ecosystem. As part of that role, staff at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center created this true color composite image. The image was created using Provisional Surface Reflectance data

Satellite image showing how Hurricane Michael affected Florida.
October 16, 2018

Hurricane Michael Batters Florida Panhandle

Landsat 7 images captured before and after highlight the destructive path of the Category 4 storm.

Landsat 8 image of center pivot irrigation fields in the Arabian Desert
October 8, 2018

Landsat image of center pivot irrigation fields in the Arabian Desert

Center pivot irrigation fields in the Arabian Desert are visible in this Landsat 8 image near Meegowa, Saudi Arabia. The image was acquired on Oct 10, 2018 and is shown in a color infrared band combination (b 5,4,3).

Satellite image showing Hurricane Florence flooding.
September 26, 2018

The Slow Path of Florence Flooding

Hurricane Florence hit the Carolina coast on September 14, 2018, but it took much longer for the full impact to emerge.

Conway, South Carolina saw some of its most severe flooding nearly two weeks after the storm hit. This Landsat 8 image from September 26 shows the Waccamaw and Little Pee Dee rivers swollen on

Satellite showing how fire scar is no longer present.
September 16, 2018

Cottonwood Fire, 2016

October 16, 2018, marks the two-year anniversary of the Cottonwood Fire in western South Dakota. The fire consumed a large swath of grassland near the community of Wall and just north of Badlands National Park.