EarthArt: the Flower at the End of the Nile

By Tom Yulsman | February 22, 2013 12:02 am

With a filagree of clouds above, the Nile Delta of Egypt fans out toward the Mediterranean in this image captured Thursday by NASA’s Terra satellite. (Click on the image for a much larger version.)

Rising in the Great Lakes of Africa, the Nile flows more than 4,000 miles north, watering a green valley through the desert and flowering as it approaches the Mediterranean into one of the world’s largest deltas.

The image was captured on Thursday, February 21 by the the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite. A feathery filagree of cirrus clouds floats above the delta at high altitude, composed mostly of ice crystals.

Find your own EarthArt — not to mention smoke plumes from wildfire, erupting volcanoes, peculiar cloud formations, and the like — using NASA’s interactive Worldview site. Exploring the ever-changing face of the Earth like this can be mesmerizing. And even addicting.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: EarthArt, Remote Sensing, select, Top Posts


ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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