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 ...

Batagaika Crater, Russia
Batagaika Crater, Russia

Sometimes described as resembling a stingray or a tadpole, the Batagaika Crater is a widening chasm in Siberia and the world’s largest permafrost crat...

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...

Monarch Butterflies, Mexico
Monarch Butterflies, Mexico

The patches of red in these false-color Landsat images are the forests where monarch butterflies spend the winter. Starting in late summer and fall, m...

Mount St. Helens
Mount St. Helens

These images show the area around Mount St. Helens, in southwestern Washington, before and after its eruption of May 18, 1980. In these false-color im...

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,...

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....

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 ...

Yellowstone National Park, USA
Yellowstone National Park, USA

The summer of 1988 was unusually dry in the western United States. Dry cold fronts brought high wind and lightning but no rain. Along with high temper...