A river runs through it — on Titan

The Cassini probe, in orbit around Saturn, has captured a new radar image showing a long river on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. From the European Space Agency: "The international Cassini mission has spotted what appears to be a miniature extraterrestrial version of the Nile River: a river valley on Saturn’s moon Titan that stretches more …

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NASA Earth Observatory — Images from November 2012

From NASA Earth Observatory's Image of the Day -- my favorites for November 2012: A Changed Coastline in New Jersey -- These images show why building (or rebuilding) on a barrier island is not a really good idea. These two aerial photos show a view of Mantoloking, New Jersey before and after "Superstorm" Sandy in October, …

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Thin ice and the importance of Quaternary geology

From NASA Earth Observatory: 2011 Sea Ice Minimum From the description (emphasis added): In September 2011, sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean declined to the second-lowest extent on record. Satellite data from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) showed that the summertime ice cover narrowly avoided a new record low. [...] …

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Earth Observatory images

A few NASA Earth Observatory images from the past few months: Mataiva Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago, South Pacific Ocean, August 30, 2010 This image makes a great desktop background. The full-resolution image doesn't have labels. The Water Planet, October 2, 2010 Arthur C. Clarke once remarked, "How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is …

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