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Landsat's Most Historically Significant Images of Earth From Space

The 40-year archive of the Landsat satellite program is the most extensive, longest-running record of Earth observations from space. This incredibly valuable resource has yielded important discoveries, aided international efforts to better manage our environment and provided inspiration to both scie...

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Google Earth Engine--Landsat Annual Timelapse 1984-2012. Type in a city in the search bar and watch how it has changed in the last 30 years.

Richat Structure January 1, 2001 The so-called Richat Structure is a geological formation in the Maur Adrar Desert in the African country of Mauritania. Although it resembles an impact crater, the Richat Structure formed when a volcanic dome hardened and gradually eroded, exposing the onion-like layers of rock.

The McClure Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, acquired on Aug. 31, 2007 by satellite Envisat. The McClure Strait is the most direct route of the Northwest Passage and has been fully open since early August 2007.

Oldest trees are also striking and in some cases, in their own way quite beautiful. Great Basin bristlecone pine

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    A ranger told us the tree twists like this when it has been struck by lightning.

A view of Antarctica. - via Hartley Gayle's photo on Google+

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looks like an abstract drawing, but it's the Gange's delta photographed from space. Via Wired - 10 years of gorgeous iamges of Earth form Space.

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