There are some photos found in the NASA’s website showing the changes on earth made by human interference. The changes happened anywhere from 5 to 100 years ago. Some of the photos are shocking and other’s make you sad.
1. Pedersen Glacier, Alaska. Summer, 1917 — summer, 2005
Pederson Glacier Alaska is a barren, bleak land covered with ice and snow. But 88 years later, the same desolate land sees astounding transformations. The land is covered with green, fresh grass. But the drastic change is seen in the mountains. While 1917 saw the mountains eclipsed in fog, 2005 clearly shows all the peaks of the mountains including what lies behind the mountain range.
2. Aral Sea, Central Asia August 2000 — August 2014
We see the devastating effects of man’s hand in the shrinking levels of water in the Aral Sea. s. Once the fourth largest lake, the Aral sea begun to dry up after its water source was diverted for other purposes.
3. Carroll Glacier, Alaska. August 1906 — September 2003
Carroll Glacier is a 15-mile long glacier. A placid lake extends right to the tip of a small hillock, snows cover the hills and the banks. But come 2003 the large lake has retreated to become a small stagnant pool. The snows have melted. Vegetation engulfs the rocky boulders.
4. Powell Lake, Arizona, and Utah. March 1999 — May 2014
The Second largest man-made reservoir and a popular vacation spot. the unchecked withdrawal of water has shrunk the lake drastically.
5. Bear Glacier, Alaska. July 1909 — August 2005
A stark and rugged glacier of water, ice and mountains. It has now become a major tourist spot with its scenic beauty and massive icebergs floating on the glaciers.
6. Forests in Rondonia, Brazil. June 1975 — August 2009
We have read about forest erosion and effects of rampant tree felling in school but the chilling photos of Rondonia’s forest brings home the stunning truth as the land once covered with thick foliage of trees are now shorn of green cover.