New imagery collected by the VIIRS sensor aboard the Suomi NPP satellite maps the subtle differences in Earth's greenness, from the lushest vegetation to vast, dry deserts.
Farmland straddles the Platte River
Farmland straddles the Platte River in the state of Nebraska in images from the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite from July 22-28, 2012. The region produces about 40 percent of the annual corn yield for the U.S., and nutrient input from this region drives aquatic and marine ecosystems from the Mississippi watershed to the Gulf of Mexico.
In these images collected by the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite on March 18-24, 2013, The "river of grass" extending south of Lake Okeechobee shows clear signs of its modified state with dense agriculture, urban sprawl, and water conservation areas delineated by a series of waterways that crisscross Southern Florida.
This vegetation map of the San Francisco Bay Area, seen here centered around San Francisco, shows the lush coastal areas of Point Reyes National Seashore to the north and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the south, as the climate transitions to the Central Valley farmlands to the east.
The Rocky, Cascade, and Coast mountain Ranges dominate the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Potatoes and other agriculture can be seen in the bottom center of the image as the Rockies give way to the plains of Idaho.
Though the surrounding area became more green, irregularly shaped areas of lesser vegetation mark the burn scars left by massive wildfires near the Russian town of Langepas, visible in these images taken from July 23-29, 2012.