Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, people have had a tremendous impact on the Earth, which over time only accelerates. It seems inconspicuous, but if you look at this collection of pictures, you can clearly see how a person changes the planet.
Some photos were taken at intervals of half a century, others – with an interval of 10-15 years.
Photographs from the 1940s to the 2000s show how much climate change has affected the glaciers of the Earth. Here are the photographs of the Muir Glacier in Alaska in August 1941 (left) and in August 2004 (right).
And this is the snow that remained on Matterhorn in Switzerland in August 1960. For comparison – the same place in August 2005.
Since the 1970s, NASA began using satellite imagery to document deforestation in some national parks around the world. Here, for example, Mount Elgon National Park in Uganda in 1973 and in 2005.
Deforestation in Salta (Argentina) is evident on this pair of photos from 1972 and 2009.
The forest of Mau in Kenya was severely damaged at the hands of loggers. The difference is evident in the pictures taken in 1973 and in December 2009.
A similar story occurred in the Kenyan National Park Nakuru Lake. The photographs were taken in 1973 and 2000.
Felling also did not pass without a trace for the South American Atlantic Forest in Paraguay. This is how he looked in 1973 and 2008.
This is Rondônia in Brazil, where many trees were cut down between 1975 and 2009.
And the same happened to the Baban-Rafi forest in the Niger from 1976 to 2007.
These pictures show how the forest of Mount Kenya in Kenya has been impoverished from 1976 to 2007.
Climate change began to affect glaciers in the 1970s. Here are pictures of the glacier Cory-Kalis in Peru in 1978 and in 2011.
These cadres document the melting ice in Ecuador from March 1986 to February 2007.
Since the 1980s, NASA has also recorded the drying of lakes around the globe. This is a photo of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado in 1987. On the right is the same park in 2011.
The Aral Sea in Central Asia has significantly decreased from 2000 to 2014.
And the same thing happened with the Elephant-Butte reservoir in New Mexico. Compare his state in 1994 with the year 2013.
Rivers are declining in Arizona and Utah. These images compare the river system of the states in March 1999 and in May 2014.
Lake Mar Chiquita in Argentina has significantly decreased from 1998 to 2011.
And cutting continues to take its toll, as shown by these two images of the Mabir forest in Uganda in 2001 and 5 years later.
Droughts have strongly influenced the US over the past few years too. Here are three snapshots of drying water in Kansas – in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Disappearing Lake Urmia in Iran – filmed in July 2000 and July 2013.