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Taking NASA-USGS’s Landsat 8 to the Beach

Some things go swimmingly with a summer trip to the beach – sunscreen, mystery novels, cold beverages and sandcastles. Other things – like aquatic algae – are best avoided. The Landsat 8 satellite is helping researchers
spot these organisms from space, gathering information that could direct beachgoers away from contaminated bays and beaches… Continue reading Taking NASA-USGS’s Landsat 8 to the Beach

Life Blooms on Swirling Ocean Current

A bright aqua bloom of phytoplankton dances in the Leeuwin Current, off the coast of Western Australia, in a newly released satellite photo.

On the left of this image, created by NASA’s Earth Observatory, is a map of sea surface temperatures on June 6. The warmer colors outline the Leeuwin Current, which flows from the equator… Continue reading Life Blooms on Swirling Ocean Current