Athabasca Oil Sands, Alberta, Canada
Athabasca Oil Sands, Alberta, Canada

One of the world’s largest reserves of oil sits under the boreal forest of northwestern Alberta, Canada. The deposit covers about 142,200 square kilom...

Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar
Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar

The Ayeyarwady Delta—also called the Irrawaddy Delta—is a vast alluvial floodplain. The delta spans over 35,000 km2 (13,500 mi2) and was once home to ...

Black Hills, SD, USA
Black Hills, SD, USA

We can’t see bugs from space, but we can see the effects of insect infestation in Landsat imagery. An unprecedented mountain pine beetle epidemic star...

Gypsy Moth Infestation, MA, CT, RI, USA
Gypsy Moth Infestation, MA, CT, RI, USA

While certainly too small to see from space, the gypsy moth caterpillar (Lymantria dispar) can cause enough change in a forest to be seen with Landsat...

Logging in Oregon, USA
Logging in Oregon, USA

Every year, it takes one tree, 16 inches in trunk diameter and 100 feet tall, to meet every American’s need for paper, packaging, and lumber products....

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...

Muskingum Mines, Ohio, USA
Muskingum Mines, Ohio, USA

These images show shifting strip mines in eastern Ohio, from 1973 to 2013. In these images, the mines appear as pink or maroon against the bright gree...

Okomu Forest Reserve, Nigeria
Okomu Forest Reserve, Nigeria

Closed-canopy tropical moist forest once covered large parts of this landscape near the Niger River Delta. Since the 1940s, however, logging, farming,...

Rondônia, Brazil
Rondônia, Brazil

The conversion of tropical rain forests to pasture and cropland is having dramatic effects on the environment. Particularly intense and rapid deforest...

Saloum River, Senegal
Saloum River, Senegal

The estuaries of the Saloum River, near the coast in Senegal, are surrounded by mangrove forest. These images show the forests dying between 1972 and ...

Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Santa Cruz, Bolivia

In the 1960s, San Julian, Bolivia, was nearly inaccessible, located deep in the thick Amazon forest. The few roads that existed were only passable dur...

Wyperfeld National Park, Australia
Wyperfeld National Park, Australia

These images show Wyperfeld National Park, Victoria, in southeastern Australia. The park is native shrubland—the Australian “bush”—and appears in the ...