EarthShots — Satellite Images of Environmental Change

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The US Geological Survey's Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, or "EROS" archive’s data from the LandSat satellites which have been in operation from 1972 to the present day. EarthShots presents environmental changes using Landsat images. 
 

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Voiceover: Benjamin De Groot (Contractor for USGS EROS Center)
 

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The US Geological Survey's Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, or "EROS" archive’s data from the LandSat satellites which have been in operation from 1972 to the present day. EarthShots presents environmental changes using Landsat images.

Fresh lava flows from the 2018 eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.

Flooding caused by the category 3 Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA.

Center-pivot irrigation systems near Garden City, Kansas. Red indicates growing crops.

Urban expansion in China's largest city.

Farm fields become grasslands in the years after the nuclear accident in Chernobyl.

Evaporation ponds on the southern dead sea.

An open-pit copper mine in the Atacama desert.

The Filchner Ice Shelf in Antarctica breaks up over time into large icebergs.

Urban growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

Healthy crops are red, and gray shows where hail wiped out cropland in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area.

Rainy weather in the 1980s brought the Great Salt Lake to high water levels.

Shrimp farming on the coast of Central America

The sediment-laden Yellow River forms a beak-shaped delta.

A glacier blocks a fjord to form a temporary lake.

Here we can see deforestation along with the formation of a large reservoir.

Visible changes to the layout of farmland in the Netherlands.

Different intensity of irrigated farmland on the US-Mexico border.

Land reclaimed for agriculture behind a sea wall.

Changing water levels in a Caspian Sea lagoon.

Glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen shrinking over time.

The changing delta of the Omo River Kenya.

Shifting locations of coal mines and reclaimed land in Ohio.

Agriculture shown in red expanding from the banks of The Nile River across the tan colored desert

Miles of rain forest in Brazil cleared for farming and grazing.

Chile's expanding capitol city, with agriculture shown in bright red.

New land adds to the island nation of Singapore.

The path of a tornado is clearly visible through a small town.

Large swaths of Bolivian rain forest are converted to agriculture.

Expansion of Australia's largest city.

Burn scars from annual fires in the Australian bush

A rapidly retreating glacier along the Alaskan coast.

Expanding open-pit diamond mines in northern Canada.

Artificial Islands built off the Dubai Coast.

Lake Chad in west Africa shrinks as green wetlands replace open water.

Changing water levels in a closed basin lake, in Iran.

Urban growth in Las Vegas, one of the fastest growing metro areas in the US.

The 1980 eruption of St. Helens destroyed 150 square miles of forest.

Palm oil plantations in the middle of undisturbed rain forest.

Expanding phosphate mines in Florida and green reclaimed land.

An expanding capitol city in the desert of Saudi Arabia.

Evaporation ponds in a salt flat in the Chilean Desert

Suburban expansion, pushing beyond the outer loop highways of San Antonio.

Agricultural expansion using center-pivot irrigation systems in the Arabian desert.

Lakes formed in the desert from water diverted from the Nile river, are then diminished over time.

Fire scars from the 1988 wildfires in Yellowstone National Park.

The shrinking of the Aral Sea, once the 4th largest lake in the world.

Africa's tallest dam, and a large reservoir behind it.