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.
5. McCarty Glacier
That’s not really a lake in the photo on the right, taken in 2004. It’s ocean water. The photo on the left was taken in 1909. In less than 100 years, the McCarty Glacier in Alaska is just about nonexistent.
How does humanity stop these changes from happening to other areas? Check out the next slide for a solution that will definitely not work!
4. Uruguay Forests
At first glance, the increase in forested area from 1975 to 2009 seems like a good thing. However, the increase from 45,000 hectares to 900,000 hectares is primarily man-made and lacks the plant and animal diversity that would’ve been found in a natural forest. Also, the forests were created by a multinational corporation and isn’t the result of a “let’s protect the rainforest” type of effort.
3. Mar Chiquita Lake
Mar Chiquita Lake is a naturally-occurring salt lake in Argentina. It’s slowly losing its volume over time due to evaporation and will eventually become a salt flat. The photo on the left was the lake in 1998. The photo on the right was taken in 2011, just 13 years later.
2. Qori Kalis Glacier
The recession of the Qori Kalis Glacier in Peru has left a lake, and that’s not a good thing. The picture on the left was taken in 1978, and back then, the glacier was still growing. The photo on the right is from 2011.
Click to the next slide! We saved the most shocking photo for last!
1. The Aral Sea
It’s not much of a sea anymore. So much water has disappeared that abandoned shipwrecks that used to be underwater are now completely on dry land. This lake in Central Asia used be one of the four largest in the world. Now, it’s shrunk so much it’s now split into four separate bodies of water.
What do you think of these images and the impact of climate change on Earth? Let us know in the comments!