It’s hard to believe our planet is warming in the middle of winter and off-season snowstorms. It’s also hard to picture the impact of changing temperatures over time without seeing it firsthand.
Newly released photos from NASA chronicle that impact and are much more stark than you’d think. The changes are also taking place within our lifetime, in just a matter of years or decades instead of centuries.
Think this is a hoax? Just hyperbole and crazy talk? Click through to the next slide to see for yourself some of the most shocking images from NASA’s collection…
10. Muir Glacier
On the left is the glacier in 1941. On the right is the “glacier” in 2004. The landmark in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska has retreated more than seven miles in the 63 years between the photos. Muir Glacier has retreated so much it’s barely in view and barely qualifies as a glacier.
9. Powell Lake
Well, we see that Powell Lake was a lake at one point. Located on the border of Arizona and Utah, the photo on the right (taken in 2014) shows how a dry, hot summer impacts the environment. It’s actually a man-made reservoir, but even man-made reservoirs can’t last forever.
8. The Matterhorn In The Alps
What is the Matterhorn and the Alps without the snow? The picture on the right, that’s what. The photo on the left was taken in 1960, while the photo on the right was taken in 2005.
Think this is shocking? Then click to the next slide. Slide #7 will truly blow your mind!
7. Lake Oroville
Might have to change the name to “Ravine Oroville” pretty soon. Located in California, Lake Oroville a popular fishing spot and one of the largest reservoirs in the state… for now at least. The photo on the left was taken in 2010, while the photo on the right was taken in 2016.
6. Rondonia, Brazil
Receding glaciers and water lines may be the consequences of a warming planet, but a major contributor to the warming is deforestrations. This before-and-after shot showcases how much was lost in just 40 years. The photo on the left was taken in 1975 while the photo on the right was taken in 2009.