Antelope Valley, California, USA
Antelope Valley, California, USA

Antelope Valley in southern California is the western part of the Mojave Desert. The San Gabriel Mountains and the Tehachapi Mountains give the valley...

Bahrain
Bahrain

The most noticeable land change in these Landsat images is simply the addition of land itself. In Bahrain, a nation of 36 islands in the Middle East, ...

Black Rock Playa, Nevada, USA
Black Rock Playa, Nevada, USA

In a desolate corner of Nevada, a playa surrounded by rugged mountains and described as dry, dusty, desolate, and devoid of vegetation comes to life t...

Escondida Mine, Chile
Escondida Mine, Chile

Isolated in Chile’s northern Atacama Desert, the open-pit Escondida Mine is the world’s largest source of copper. Escondida means “hidden” in Spanish,...

Lake Hamoun, Iran and Afghanistan
Lake Hamoun, Iran and Afghanistan

The Sistan Basin lies on the Iran-Afghanistan border. Melted snow from the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan nourishes this dry basin. The Helmand R...

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...

Nouakchott, Mauritania
Nouakchott, Mauritania

Not too long ago, Nouakchott, Mauritania, was a small fishing town. It became the country’s capital in 1958, shortly before Mauritania became independ...

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The modernization of Saudi Arabia has been a recent and rapid phenomenon. Here we see two aspects of this transformation: explosive urbanization and c...

Rosso, Mauritania
Rosso, Mauritania

The border area of Mauritania and Senegal in westernmost Africa is an example of both expanding irrigation and desertification. The international bord...

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 ...

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...