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...

Cougar Creek Fire, Washington, USA
Cougar Creek Fire, Washington, USA

Wildland fires can leave behind scorched mountainsides with no trees or other vegetation to stop rain-driven mudslides or dangerous debris flows. When...

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...

Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most intense and costliest hurricanes to hit the United States. On August 28, 2005, Katrina was a category 5 storm (o...

Illinois/Indiana, USA
Illinois/Indiana, USA

These three Landsat 5 images show several rivers in southern Illinois and Indiana, USA, during normal and flooded conditions. Peak flooding was observ...

Kīlauea, Hawaii, USA
Kīlauea, Hawaii, USA

In 2018, Hawaii was in the news as fresh lava covered 13.7 square miles (35.5 km2) at the eastern end of the Big Island. Of course, lava flows in Hawa...

Mount Pinatubo, Philippines
Mount Pinatubo, Philippines

Mount Pinatubo had likely been dormant for hundreds of years. There had been no historical records of volcanic eruptions. Local residents in this part...

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...

Siren, Wisconsin, USA
Siren, Wisconsin, USA

This Earthshots page looks at the northwestern corner of Wisconsin, in the crook of the St. Croix River, before and just after a tornado cut a west-to...

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...