A Two-Minute Video of the Earth's Yearly Cycle of Plant Life

Kirstin Fawcett

NASA recently released an animated video of the Earth’s yearly plant life cycle. Researchers used satellite instruments to measure several years’ worth of plant density on land, along with the ocean’s chlorophyll concentration. They averaged the data into a two-minute timelapse that lets you watch some parts of the planet burst into color during warmer months, as others return to a brown, barren state. As Gizmodo pointed out, you're watching the planet breathe—and it's incredibly soothing to witness. 

Image courtesy of YouTube. 

[h/t Gizmodo, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Kottke]