Earth Day: Water Touches Everything

The 2024 NASA Earth Day poster

The ocean holds about 97 percent of Earth's water and covers 70 percent of our planet's surface. According to the United Nations, the ocean may be home to 50 to 80 percent of all life on Earth. Even if you live hundreds of miles from a coast, what happens in the ocean is fundamental to your life.

The 2024 NASA Earth Day poster is composited with real satellite imagery from NASA's Terra, Aqua, and Landsat missions. Download the poster and learn more about the imagery below.

  • Cloud Streets Over the Black Sea

    The Aqua satellite captured this image of cloud streets over the Black Sea in January 2015.

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  • Phytoplankton Factory in the Argentine Sea

    In spring and summer, conditions are often just right for populations of the plant-like organisms explode into enormous blooms.

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  • Season of Change in the Labrador Sea

    The high-latitude region displays a beautiful palette of textures as the atmosphere interacts with the ice and water.

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  • Mackenzie Meets Beaufort

    Canada’s largest and longest river delivers vast amounts of fresh water and sediment to the sea.

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  • Cloud Vortices Off Cheju Do, South Korea

    Chains of swirling clouds stream behind Cheju Do island, South Korea.

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  • Churning in the Chukchi Sea

    The waters off of the Alaskan coast usually come alive each spring with colorful swirls of phytoplankton.

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  • Sea of Okhotsk

    Tucked between Siberia and Russia's frozen Kamchatka Peninsula, the Sea of Okhotsk was a field of ice in February 2007.

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