Aral Sea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
Aral Sea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

We see a lot of change with the 40+ years of Landsat imagery, along with the historical aerial imagery in the archives at EROS. The drying of the Aral...

Chernobyl, Ukraine
Chernobyl, Ukraine

A nuclear accident devastated the region near Chernobyl, Ukraine, on April 26, 1986. These images show the area around the nuclear power plant three d...

Elburz Mountains, Iran
Elburz Mountains, Iran

These images show the vicinity of the Elburz Mountains in northern Iran. Tehran lies in the south, and the Caspian Sea is to the north. The Elburz Mou...

Garden City, Kansas, USA
Garden City, Kansas, USA

These Landsat images feature the significant growth in the use of center-pivot irrigation—essentially enormous sprinkler systems—in Kansas between 197...

Hailstorm at EROS, Sioux Falls, SD, USA
Hailstorm at EROS, Sioux Falls, SD, USA

These images show the location of the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, about 10 miles north of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. O...

Iguazú, South America
Iguazú, South America

On the border between Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina are some curious land use features. Paraguay lies west of the Paraná River, which runs north to ...

IJsselmeer, Netherlands
IJsselmeer, Netherlands

For centuries, people living in what is now the Netherlands have used various strategies to control the water levels in this low-lying country. The al...

Imperial Valley, California, USA
Imperial Valley, California, USA

These images show the Imperial Valley, on the border of California and Mexico. The international border is plain in the images because of the differen...

Isahaya Bay, Japan
Isahaya Bay, Japan

This series of images of southwestern Japan shows how one change can have far-reaching consequences. The Ariake Sea is an important fishery and resour...

Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Lake Naivasha, Kenya

How do those in northern winter climates get roses to their loved ones in February for Valentine’s Day? The answer is to import them from warmer clima...

Lake Thompson, South Dakota, USA
Lake Thompson, South Dakota, USA

Many lakes in eastern South Dakota have expanded during the Landsat record that began in 1972. Lake Thompson is one that has displayed remarkable chan...

Lake Urmia, Iran
Lake Urmia, Iran

Lake Urmia in Iran is another closed basin lake that has been shrinking. Continuous declines in water flowing into the lake have caused a general decl...

Madagascar
Madagascar

Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, is located off the southeastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Because it is isolated from neighb...

Nile River Delta, Egypt
Nile River Delta, Egypt

These images show the dramatic urban growth within the Nile River Delta and the expansion of agriculture into adjoining desert areas. The Nile is the ...

Papua, Indonesia
Papua, Indonesia

The growth of the palm oil industry has transformed part of the tropical rain forest of Papua, Indonesia, into gridded blocks of palm oil plantations....

Pearl River Delta, China
Pearl River Delta, China

In 1978, the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region in southern China had a population of just under 10 million. The population was scattered between several ...

San Joaquin Valley, California, USA
San Joaquin Valley, California, USA

Changes in land use, climate, and population demographics are placing unprecedented demands on water supplies in the United States. Add frequent droug...

Seno Plain, Mali
Seno Plain, Mali

On the Seno Plain of Mali, the population has more than doubled since 1972. In this wide view of the region, the Seno Plain sweeps from lower left to ...

Sharq El Owainat, Egypt
Sharq El Owainat, Egypt

The Landsat satellites were designed to detect landscape changes over time. However, sometimes what Landsat needs to see on the Earth’s surface is no ...

The Everglades and Miami, Florida, USA
The Everglades and Miami, Florida, USA

Referred to as the “River of Grass,” the Florida Everglades is one of the world’s largest wetlands. However, they were once much larger. Throughout th...

Toshka Project, Egypt
Toshka Project, Egypt

In southern Egypt, the sandy desert turned, temporarily at least, into a lakes region. Beginning in 1998, lakes quickly appeared and almost as quickly...

Wadi As-Sirhan Basin, Saudi Arabia
Wadi As-Sirhan Basin, Saudi Arabia

Oil and water don’t mix. But in the desert of Saudi Arabia, they do have something in common. They are both nonrenewable resources. Almost no agricult...