A few of my favorite things

The Veins of America: River Basins of the Continental United States

This stunning map shows the drainage basins of the CONUS using the Strahler Stream Order Classification so larger streams are shown as thicker lines. This map was developed using USGS data, however it does seem strange to exclude the watershed contributions beyond the political boundary with Canada.


Chasing Ice

James Balog and crew have drawn awareness to global change through amazing footage of glacier melt in the Arctic Circle.


Check out the film “Chasing Ice“, and the Extreme Ice Survey.


Wind Map


Check out this amazing, “living portrait” map (here) showing the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. The wind map is a personal art project, using surface wind data from the National Digital Forecast Database. These are near-term forecasts, revised once per hour.

Link to the active map.


NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory


Earth as Art

Lena River Delta. The Lena River, some 4,500 km long, is one of the largest rivers in the world. The Lena Delta Reserve is the most extensive protected wilderness area in Russia. It is an important refuge and breeding ground for many species of Siberian wildlife. This is a false-color composite image made using shortwave infrared, infrared, and red wavelengths. Image taken July 27, 2000, by Landsat 7. (Photo by NASA/GSFC/USGS EROS Data Center)
Lena River Delta, Russia.

In 1960, the United States put its first Earth-observing environmental satellite into orbit around the planet. Over the decades, these satellites have provided invaluable information, and the vantage point of space has provided new perspectives on Earth. A new book celebrates Earth’s aesthetic beauty in the patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere. The book features 75 stunning images of Earth from the Terra, Landsat 5, Landsat 7, EO-1, and Aqua satellites. Sensors on these satellites can measure light outside of the visible range, so the images show more than what is visible to the naked eye. The images are intended for viewing enjoyment rather than scientific interpretation. The beauty of Earth is clear, and the artistry ranges from the surreal to the sublime.

Here’s a link to the e-book!

Here’s a link to more pictures!

Eyjafjorour Fjord, Iceland