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Article of the month: August 2014

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Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using GRACE data provide courtesy of Jay Famigleitti, University of California Irvine and Matthew Rodell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

Droughts, Floods and the Earth's Gravity, by the GRACE of NASA

You might think that the only satellite mission capable of monitoring groundwater around the world would spend its time somehow peering through the surface to measure underground water. But you would be wrong! The mission, named GRACE, is actually two satellites, and what they really do is measure subtle changes in Earth’s gravity field. What can Earth’s gravity field tell us about our changing groundwater reserves? Find out in this month’s column!

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