• Released Tuesday, June 7, 2016
  • ID: 12276

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A NASA study provides the most detailed look yet at plant life across Alaska and Canada.

Explore how the northern reaches of North America are getting greener in this video.

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Between 1984 and 2012, scientists observed grassy tundras in Alaska and Canada changing to shrublands, and shrubs growing bigger and denser.

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Today, almost a third of the land cover is looking more like landscapes found in warmer ecosystems.

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Scientists used data from USGS-NASA Landsat satellites collected over nearly three decades to track vegetation changes in the Arctic.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Landscape photos courtesy of NASA/P. Griffith

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