GRACE Gravity Model

  • Released Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
  • Updated Friday, August 25th, 2023 at 12:00AM
  • ID: 3655

The following animation displays the Earth's gravitational anomalies. The colors and heights represent the strength of gravity at the locality. Areas with less mass, such as ocean basins, show up as blue, that is less gravity, while mountains such as the Andes are red, representing the greater pull of gravity. The visualization utilizes a version of the GRACE Gravity Model 02 that has been smoothed for greater readability.


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio


This visualization is related to the following missions:

Datasets used in this visualization

Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) K-band Intersatellite Range Rate (Collected with the KBR Horn sensor)
JPL, the University of Texas and GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam

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