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Home A legal gold mine in Ghana shows some of the effects mining has on the landscape and environment. Illegal mines, which operate without environmental oversight, are often situated close to legal ones, and the water pools are more irregular or divert to small rivers. Ghanaian officials have shut down illegal gold mines they identified using NASA satellite data and NASA-developed analysis tools. (Jordi Perdigó/Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data) A legal gold mine in Ghana shows some of the effects mining has on the landscape and environment. Illegal mines, which operate without environmental oversight, are often situated close to legal ones, and the water pools are more irregular or divert to small rivers. Ghanaian officials have shut down illegal gold mines they identified using NASA satellite data and NASA-developed analysis tools. (Jordi Perdigó/Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data)

A legal gold mine in Ghana shows some of the effects mining has on the landscape and environment. Illegal mines, which operate without environmental oversight, are often situated close to legal ones, and the water pools are more irregular or divert to small rivers. Ghanaian officials have shut down illegal gold mines they identified using NASA satellite data and NASA-developed analysis tools. (Jordi Perdigó/Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data)

A legal gold mine in Ghana shows some of the effects mining has on the landscape and environment. Illegal mines, which operate without environmental oversight, are often situated close to legal ones, and the water pools are more irregular or divert to small rivers. Ghanaian officials have shut down illegal gold mines they identified using NASA satellite data and NASA-developed analysis tools. (Jordi Perdigó/Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data)

A legal gold mine in Ghana shows some of the effects mining has on the landscape and environment. Illegal mines, which operate without environmental oversight, are often situated close to legal ones, and the water pools are more irregular or divert to small rivers. Ghanaian officials have shut down illegal gold mines they identified using NASA satellite data and NASA-developed analysis tools. (Jordi Perdigó/Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data)

A ninth grader at Weston High School in Weston, Massachusetts, scours satellite imagery to locate illegal gold mines in the Yanomami protected territory of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Founded by former NASA officials, Earthrise Alliance is helping students engage with emerging environmental stories through Earth-observation data. (Earthrise Education)
Patricia Nthenge, a farmer in Kenya who is participating in Mercy Corps’ AgriFin program, stands among her pigeon pea crop. In collaboration with NASA, AgriFin is incorporating precision satellite weather data into the information and resources it delivers to smallholder farmers in Africa. (Mercy Corps)