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NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service Image of the Day

The High Atlas Mountains, Separating Morocco & Algeria

This image, captured by the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite, shows the unique landscape of the border region separating Morocco and Algeria. The north African mountain range shapes local weather separating the Saharan and Mediterranean zones. The yellow colors in this image relate to the hotter surface temperatures of the sandy desert areas, whereas the colder higher elevation mountain and rock areas are blue/green.
 

GOES-R Series Satellites

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GOES-16 Sees the Summer Solstice Arrive!

Why Are Some Coral Reefs Dying? NOAA Satellites & NOAA’s Coral Program Help Conserve These Vulnerable Habitats

Why Are Some Coral Reefs Dying? NOAA Satellites & NOAA’s Coral Program Help Conserve These Vulnerable Habitats

The ocean is home to critical coral reef ecosystems that provide a home to millions of plant, fish and marine animal species. Coral reefs are often called the “rainforests of the sea”. They are some of the most biodiverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. They account for just 0.1% of the ocean, but are home to a quarter of all marine species. Around the globe, some of the corals which provide the base of these fragile habitats are dying. When water temperatures rise above normal levels for too long, corals expel algae that live in their tissue and their white skeleton is exposed. This bleaching process leaves coral vulnerable and stressed which can result in death. The reefs are also threatened by human activities including pollution, unsustainable fishing practices, and global climate change.

 

 

“The power of our message is enhanced by the data.” -- Jason Vasquez, Conservation Program Director, Coral Reef Alliance.