On February 15, 2015 the Desert Sunlight solar project in Californias Mojave Desert became operational. This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the 550-megawatt plant generates enough electricity to power 160,000 average homes.
In southern California, the combined ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach account for 33% of the nation's containerized imports. This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the large backlog of waiting cargo ships being slowly unloaded.
This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows Prince Patrick Island, which is located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, and is the westernmost Elizabeth Island in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows Mt. Kailash, a peak in the Kailas Range in Tibet. It lies near the source of some of the longest Asian rivers: the Brahmaputra, the Sutlej and the Karnali.
This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows Lake Mackay, the largest of hundreds of ephemeral lakes scattered throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territory, and is the second largest lake in Australia.
NASA's Terra spacecraft shows Mount Cameroon, an active volcano in Cameroon near the Gulf of Guinea. It is one of Africa's largest volcanoes, rising over 4,000 meters, with more than 100 small cinder cones.
Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano Imaged by NASA Spacecraft
Since the end of August 2014, Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has been pouring out lava from a growing fissure. NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the flows have been accompanied by spectacular lava fountains.
Progress of Hawaii Lava Flow Tracked by NASA Spacecraft
On June 27, 2014, a new vent opened on Hawaii's Puu Oo vent, on the eastern flank of Kilauea volcano. NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the hot lava flow in white, extending about 11 miles (17 kilometers) from the vent.
This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (P-K), which is the administrative, cultural, scientific and economic center of Kamchatka Krai, Russia on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the world's largest bauxite mine found near Weipa, Queensland, Australia. The rich aluminum deposits were first recognized on the end of the Cape York Peninsula in 1955, and mining began in 1960.
Site of Destructive China Temblor Imaged by NASA Spacecraft
The star on this image from the NASA's Terra spacecraft indicates the eipcenter of a magnitude 6.1 earthquake which truck in southern China's Yunnan province, toppling thousands of homes and causing numerous casualties.
This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the once-abandoned mining town of Silver Peak, Nevada, which began to thrive again when Foote Mineral Company began extracting lithium from brine below the floor of Clayton Valley in 1966.
The effects of California's severe multiyear drought are seen in this pair of images acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft of the area northeast of Madera, in the Sierra Nevada Moutains foothills between Yosemite National Park and the San Joaquin Valley