Earth Matters Around the Web

 via Wikimedia Commons

via Wikimedia Commons


Our planet Earth is in constant flux and as the rate of technology rapidly increases, so does our understanding of the world we live in. Human beings have altered the surface of the planet  in many disastrous ways.  One of the projects in which NASA together with  TIME, Google, and the U.S. Geological Survey have collaborated is Timelapse, a project that sheds light on the how the Earth’s surface has shifted over the years.

NASA created the Landsat  program, a series of satellites that would orbit Earth and look down.  Using eight satellites Landsat has been mapping the surface of Earth for over twenty years. In total they have accumulated millions of images that trace changes to the earth’s surface including Dubai, Shanghai and Las Vegas.


To see theses shifts in the planet’s surface check out  Timelapse at


 via Wikimedia Commons

via Wikimedia Commons


Or check out this video to see  how resources exploitation impacts the face of our planet


If you are interested in developments in Earth science and technology check out  NASA’s Earth Science Division, which develops a range of advanced technologies to enable new Earth science  missions and practical applications for society at large.

Also, later in August this year a new satellite named GeoEye-1 will be lifted  low earth orbit to  double the sharpness of Google Earth’s typical 3-foot resolution.

Check out this link for more information on the project at


Our curiosity of the world we live in, together with the  advancement of science and technology promises a greater perception and understanding of Earth and ourselves.






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