Creepy and mindboggling then and now images released by NASA
NASA, the USA space agency has not only explored the space and given us answers about space that we all wanted to know, but it has developed such advanced technology that now we can see the results of our own doings to our planet first hand. Here are 4 then and now photos of various places on Earth that have been severely impacted by both man and nature.
1 The Aral Sea
The Aral Sea is a sea lying in between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. It was formerly one of the four largest lakes on Earth before the Soviet Union decided to divert the water from the rivers that fed the lake in order to supply that water to nearby countries in the 1960s for vast cotton and crop productions. By 2007, the lake has declined to just 10% of its original size and the above photo shows the implications of playing with nature. By 2014, the Eastern basin of the lake had dried up completely and is now known as Aralkum desert.
2 Aru range avalanche
Recently the world saw one the largest avalanches in the history of this planet as snow and debris started tumbling down a narrow valley in the Aru Range in Tibet and killed 9 people, 350 sheep and 110 Yaks in the village of Dungru. The pile of debris was up to 30 meters (98 feet) thick across 10 square kilometers (4 square miles). The cause of avalanche is not clear, but NASA released a comparison of images that shows signs of changes weeks before the event happened.
3 Arctic Sea decline
These two images show the sad and dangerous decline of ice in the Arctic sea from 1984 and 2016. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report puts the blame on greenhouse gases amongst other reasons for the decline of ice in the Arctic sea. Scientists have established that the region is now at its warmest in the last 40,000 years and the Arctic-wide melt season has increased at the rate of 5 days per decade.
4 Lake Cacuma
Cachuma Lake is an artificial lake located in the Santa Ynez Valley of central Santa Barbara County. It was built by the construction of Bradbury Dam in 1953 and it supplied water to the 200,000 people on the southern coast of Santa Barbara County. However, due to the harsh drought conditions in the state, the majority of Cachuma Lake has dried up to the extent that is just at only 12.3% of its capacity.