Kiosk Dataset

Introduction  You can use the Black Marble to see where high populations with electricity are.  Carbon aerosol is basically soot produced by low-tech burning.  Sulfate aerosol is a type of pollution caused by high-tech energy production.  By overlaying these datasets you can see where these different types of pollution come from and why.
As a trend, societies go from low-tech burning (done for 1000s of years) to more sophisticated forms of energy production.  In that light, the US is the most advanced, Africa is the least advanced, and Asia is somewhere in the middle.
What do you think these same datasets would look like as we move to more Solar, Wind, and Hydroelectric energy production?

SunXRay-tn.jpgX-Ray Sun

Seen in x-ray wavelengths, the brightest areas you see here are solar flares. Since the Sun is not solid, the equator rotates faster than the poles.

Notable Features
-Coronal holes: dark areas near the poles
-Solar Flares: Light areas that sporadically pop up
-Faster rotation at equator than poles

SolSystem-tn.jpgSun: Solar System to Scale

If the Sun were the size of the sphere, how big would each of the planets be?  1.3 million Earths could fit inside the Sun.


Notable Features
-All of the planets in scale to one another and to the sun
-The rings of Saturn are not to scale

nasa_stereo.jpgSTEREO/SDO Sun Observations (Real Time)

In this real-time dataset, imagery from STEREO Behind and STEREO Ahead are morphed together to provide near full coverage of the sun. The images for this dataset were taken with the EUVI telescope in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength. In order to keep all of the various wavelengths straight, scientists color the different wavelengths. The 195A wavelength used here is arbitrarily colored green. In this wavelength, the brighter areas are hotter and the darker areas are cooler.

Notable Features:
-The bright, active regions are where solar storms are likely to originate
-These images are the composite of imagery from STEREO and SDO

MarsLandingSites.jpgMars Landing Sites by DMNS

The target icons added by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) depict rover landing sites on Mars from 1976 - 2008. They are as follows: Viking 1&2 (1976); Mars Pathfinder (1997); Spirit & Opportunity (2004); Phoenix Lander (2008)

Notable Features
-Olympus Mons: highest point in the solar system at 88,500ft
-Valles Marineris: Canyon 2500 miles long and 4 miles deep
Hellas Planitia: an impact crater in the Southern Hemisphere 4.3 miles deep and 1400 miles in diameter
Presence of ice caps
Target icons mark the rover landing sites from 1976 to 2008

Earthquake-RealTimeHi-ResAnim.jpgGlobal Earthquakes (Real-Time)

This real-time dataset shows the earthquakes that daily happen around the world that are greater than 2.5 on the Richter scale. This dataset is updated hourly.

Notable Features:
-Circles indicate earthquake; size indicates magnitude, color indicates depth
-Majority of earthquakes along plate boundaries

Cumulative Earthquake Activity: 1980-1995

AgeOfSeaFloor.jpgAge of Sea Floor with Shaded Vegetation and 20my Contour

This dataset shows the age of the ocean floor along with the labeled tectonic plates and boundaries.


Notable Features:
-The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Ridge is young ocean floor
-All of the tectonic plates are labeled
-For the datasets with contour lines, the plate boundaries are labeled

VolcanoLocationsGlobally.jpgVolcano Locations Globally

According to the Smithsonian Institute's Global Volcanism Program, there are probably about 20 volcanoes erupting right now, and about 550 volcanoes have had historically documented eruptions.

Notable Features:
-Most volcanoes occur along convergent boundaries
-There have been about 1300 know eruptions in the last 10,000 years
-There have been over 400 significant eruptions
-There have been 110 eruptions that caused tsunamis

2005HuricaneSeason-SST.jpg2005 Huricane Season Water Vapor with SST

With 28 named storms, 15 hurricanes, seven major hurricanes, and four category 5 hurricanes, the 2005 hurricane season certainly blew the records away. It was also the first season in which four major hurricanes hit the U.S.. The season started early and ended late with two tropical storms in June (which hadn't happened since 1986) and three tropical storms in November with one that formed in December and dissipated in January. The season also included the most rapid intensification of a hurricane in 24 hours in the Atlantic Ocean, a record held by Wilma. The third and fourth most intense hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic basin were Rita and Wilma.

BlackMarble.jpgEarth at Night - Black Marble 2012

Black Marble 2012 is the newest version of the spectacular view of our planet from near-Earth orbit at night, which is the result of a partnership between NOAA, NASA, and the Department of Defense.

Notable Features:
-Nile River outlined by lights
-Eastern U.S. highly populated
-Major highways outlined by lights
-Trans-Siberian Railway outlined by lights
-North Korea appears dark, an anomaly to the bright, densely populated regions

BlueMarble-TwentyThreeDegreeTiltBlue Marble (23 Degree Tilt)

The Blue Marble is an incredibly detailed, true-color depiction of the Earth. NASA is responsible for this dataset made from a compilation of satellite images throughout 2001. Most of the information came from NASA's MODIS, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, which is attached to the Terra satellite 435 miles above Earth.

Notable Features:
-Vastness of the Sahara Desert
-Shading done in true color: gives Earth's appearance from space

LinearIRsatellite.jpgLinear IR Satellite (Real-Time)

This real-time dataset is shaded on a gray scale, meaning that the lowest clouds are a very light gray and the highest clouds are bright white. The "Blue Marble" is the background image for this dataset. Data for this visualization is available for the past thirty days.

Notable Features:
-Lowest clouds light gray and highest clouds bright white
-Available in real-time

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