Angry Ecuadorian Volcano Imaged by NASA Spacecraft
After lying dormant for 70 years, Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador started erupting the week of Aug. 17, 2015. NASA's Terra spacecraft acquired this image on August 22, showing huge columns of ash that affected towns in the region.
Northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina, seven straight days of torrential rains of up to 16 inches (40 centimeters) in August 2015 resulted in flooding between the cities of Escobar and Campana as seen by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
North Korea's state news agency reported the country is facing its worst drought in a century. This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows how rice-growing provinces have been badly affected and more than 30% of rice paddies are parching up.
NASA Spacecraft Peers Into the Mouth of the Galapagos' Wolf Volcano
On May 26, 2015, Wolf Volcano on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Islands erupted for the first time in 33 years. This image was acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft on June 11, 2015, after the eruption had quieted.
This image, acquired June 1, 2015 by NASA's Terra spacecraft shows evidence of the excessive water caused by widespread flooding from torrential rains. Located south of San Antonio, the Nueces River was one of many that overflowed its banks.
The April 18, 2015 eruption of Calbuco Volcano in Chile, as seen by NASA's Terra spacecraft, led to the evacuation of thousands of citizens near the summit, blanketed nearby towns with a layer of ash, and disrupted air traffic.
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.