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Published: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:05:01 -0500

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Urban Patterns in Snow and Light
In central China, the human footprint brightens the night and dulls the snowscape.

Deadly Debris Flows in Montecito
Intense rain following a severe fire sent mud and other debris rushing into the town.

Plumes Over the Kamchatka Peninsula
Shiveluch and Klyuchevskaya volcanoes were busily puffing away in early January 2018.

A Dusting of White in the Sahara
Snow is rare but not unprecedented in North Africa.

Notes from the Field Blog - In New Mexico, Land of Volcanoes
the Potrillo volcanic field in New Mexico is a perfect analog site for testing the kinds of instruments that future explorers might use to investigate volcanic areas on the Moon, Mars and other rocky planets or moons.

Notes from the Field Blog - Goddard Instrument Field Team
The Goddard Instrument Field Team focuses on conducting field research campaigns in geologic settings that are analogous to locations on other planets and moons throughout the Solar System.

Antarctica from Above: Flying for Science, Finding Beauty
Photographs from the 2017 Operation IceBridge field campaign show the many forms of land and sea ice around the frozen (and melting) southern continent.