IMAGES: Eye On Earth

Science  29 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5526, pp. 2403e
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5526.2403e

A crooked tentacle of electricity reaches for the ground during a September 1999 thunderstorm outside Des Moines, Iowa. Summer is high season for lightning strikes, which kill more people than any weather event except floods. This striking image is one of the offerings at the Earth Science Picture of the Day, a site started last fall by scientists at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Modeled on the popular Astronomy Picture of the Day, the Web site turns the lens on our planet, posting timely photos and satellite images of geologic activity, natural disasters, ocean dynamics, landscapes, and weather. The informative captions provide related links along with intriguing tidbits—for example, more than half of lightning-strike survivors suffer long-term health problems.


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