The Year in Images

Satellite images from NASA’s Earth Observatory via Yale Environment 360 – a aerial perspective of human’s impact on the environment: http://e360.yale.edu/content/images/2009-nasa-baffin.html

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Wired Science: Time-Lapse Videos of Massive Change on Earth

I thought it was worth sharing these interesting (hmmm??) videos from NASA’s Earth Observatory satellites capturing (over time) human destruction of the planet from deforestation, irrigation and urbanization. Here is one called Sucking Out the Aral Sea:

In the 1960s, central Asia’s Aral Sea was the fourth largest lake in the world. As a result of irrigation and damming, it had shriveled to 10 percent of its original size (marked by the thin black line) by 2007. It is now three separate, highly salinic, lakes.

Watch more at Wired Science or check out NASA’s Earth Observatory site.