IMAGES: Something of Significance

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Science  25 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5483, pp. 1251
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5483.1251a

With wildfires still blazing across the western United States and hurricane season upon us, it's an apt time to point your browser to the Operational Significant Event Imagery site at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That's where we found this striking view of smoke rising from fires in Montana and Idaho on 14 August. “Significant events,” according to site leader and hydrologist George Stephens, are “roughly defined as an environmental event which has significant impact on human life or property” or is of broad scientific interest—and that can be seen with the agency's weather satellites. Offerings range from last year's total solar eclipse over Europe to dust storms over the Arabian Desert to calving icebergs in Antarctica. Join an e-mail list to receive links to each day's harvest of images.

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