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Kincade Fire

Winds exceeding 100 miles per hour spread California’s Kincade Fire at an alarming rate. The fire started on October 23, 2019, and had burned 74,324 acres just north of Santa Rosa, CA, by the evening of October 28.

The European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2A  satellite captured an image of the fire on October 27. Strong wind from the northeast is evident as smoke

Image of the front page of Sound Waves, Sept. - Oct. 2012
March 22, 2019

Sound Waves, Sept. - Oct. 2012

The stories in the Sept. - Oct. 2012 issue of Sound Waves:


USGS Scientists Exploring Mars as Part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory 

“Where Am I?”—High-Resolution Digital

Image: California Poppies

California Poppies

California poppies.

Image: Feather River Basin, California

Feather River Basin, California

Climate change projections indicate a steady increase in temperature progressing through the 21st century, generally resulting in snowpack reductions, changes to the timing of snowmelt, altered streamflows, and reductions in soil moisture, all of which could affect water management, agriculture, recreation, hazard mitigation, and ecosystems across the nation.

Image of a beach made by stacking many video frames together, to give a sense of change in a static image.

Santa Cruz Cowells Beach video camera dark image

Video camera dark image at Cowells Beach in Santa Cruz, California, looking southward. Learn more about the cameras and how we're using them to study coastal change.

Aerial view from above Mono Lake towards the west-southwest.

Aerial view from above Mono Lake towards the west-SW

Aerial view from above Mono Lake, California towards the west-southwest.The declining water level of the lake is clearly seen by the parallel lines and white-colored lake deposits ringing the shore. The diversion of fresh-water inflow to the city of Los Angeles and evaporation has led to the decline in water level at a rate of about 1 m per year. The snow-covered mountains