29 images that show how humans are drastically reshaping our planet

Aral Sea
The Aral Sea in Central Asia, 2000 vs. 2014. NASA

April 22 is Earth Day, a world holiday celebrating our home planet — and so far, the only one we’ve got.

Yet we’re changing the face of Earth drastically via climate change. At times, it can seem like a massive, invisible process.

But it isn’t invisible. In this collection of images (from NASA, unless otherwise noted) you can see the unmistakable mark that human-induced climate change is making on the planet.

Rivers and lakes are shrinking, forests are being cut down, and as the Earth gets warmer snow and ice are melting far sooner than they should be. Take a look:

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title=”Snow melt on Matterhorn Mountain, Switzerland, August 1960 vs. August 2005″
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title=”Aral Sea shrinkage, Central Asia, 2000 vs. 2014″
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source=”NASA”
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title=”Melting Muir Glacier, Alaska, 1882 vs. August 2005″
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source=”NASA”
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[slide
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title=”Shrinking Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico, 1994 vs. 2013″
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[slide
permalink=”deforestation-of-mount-kenya-forest-kenya-1976-vs-2007-5″
title=”Deforestation of Mount Kenya Forest, Kenya, 1976 vs. 2007″
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source=”NASA”
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title=”Shrinking Lake Oroville, California, July 2011 vs. Aug. 2014″
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[slide
permalink=”melting-ice-in-ecuador-march-1986-vs-february-2007-7″
title=”Melting ice in Ecuador, March 1986 vs. February 2007″
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source=”NASA”
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[slide
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title=”Shrinking rivers in Arizona and Utah, March 1999 vs. May 2014″
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permalink=”melting-northwestern-glacier-alaska-aug-1940-vs-aug-2005-9″
title=”Melting Northwestern Glacier, Alaska, Aug. 1940 vs. Aug. 2005″
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source=”NASA”
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[slide
permalink=”shrinking-mar-chiquita-lake-argentina-1998-vs-2011-10″
title=”Shrinking Mar Chiquita Lake, Argentina, 1998 vs. 2011″
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source=”NASA”
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[slide
permalink=”deforestation-of-mabira-forest-uganda-2001-vs-2006-11″
title=”Deforestation of Mabira Forest, Uganda, 2001 vs. 2006″
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5542a0bd6da811cd48b49191″
source=”NASA”
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[slide
permalink=”melting-mccarty-glacier-alaska-july-1909-vs-july-2004-12″
title=”Melting McCarty Glacier, Alaska, July 1909 vs. July 2004″
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source=”NASA”
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[slide
permalink=”water-drying-up-in-kansas-2010-vs-2011-vs-2012-13″
title=”Water drying up in Kansas, 2010 vs. 2011 vs. 2012″
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5542a0bdecad04d562fe14ce”
source=”NASA”
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permalink=”melting-muir-glacier-alaska-aug-1941-vs-aug-2004-14″
title=”Melting Muir Glacier, Alaska, Aug. 1941 vs. Aug. 2004″
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[slide
permalink=”deforestation-in-rondonia-brazil-1975-vs-2009-15″
title=”Deforestation in Rondonia, Brazil, 1975 vs. 2009″
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5542a0bf6da8116e45b49191″
source=”NASA”
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[slide
permalink=”melting-qori-kalis-glacier-peru-1978-vs-2011-16″
title=”Melting Qori Kalis Glacier, Peru, 1978 vs. 2011″
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source=”NASA”
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[slide
permalink=”deforestation-of-baban-rafi-forest-niger-1976-vs-2007-17″
title=”Deforestation of Baban Rafi Forest, Niger, 1976 vs. 2007″
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source=”NASA”
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[slide
permalink=”deforestation-around-mount-elgon-national-park-uganda-1973-vs-2005-18″
title=”Deforestation around Mount Elgon National Park, Uganda, 1973 vs. 2005″
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5542a0beeab8ea555a30cec5″
source=”NASA”
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[slide
permalink=”melting-pedersen-glacier-alaska-august-1917-vs-august-2005-19″
title=”Melting Pedersen Glacier, Alaska, August 1917 vs. August 2005″
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5542a0be6da8114645b49191″
source=”NASA”
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[slide
permalink=”deforestation-of-the-salta-forest-argentina-1972-vs-2009-20″
title=”Deforestation of the Salta Forest, Argentina, 1972 vs. 2009″
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title=”Melting McCarty Glacier, Alaska, July 1909 vs. Aug. 2004″
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5542a0bdeab8ea665730cec3″
source=”NASA”
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[slide
permalink=”melting-snow-on-mount-kilimanjaro-tanzania-feb-1993-vs-feb-2000-22″
title=”Melting snow on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Feb. 1993 vs. Feb. 2000″
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title=”Deforestation of Mau Forest, Kenya, Jan. 1973 vs. Dec. 2009″
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[slide
permalink=”melting-arapaho-glacier-colorado-1898-vs-2003-24″
title=”Melting Arapaho Glacier, Colorado, 1898 vs. 2003″
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[slide
permalink=”deforestation-of-the-south-american-atlantic-forest-paraguay-1973-vs-2008-25″
title=”Deforestation of the South American Atlantic Forest, Paraguay, 1973 vs. 2008″
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5542a0bf6da811de48b49193″
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[slide
permalink=”shrinking-lake-urmia-iran-july-2000-vs-june-2013-26″
title=”Shrinking Lake Urmia, Iran, July 2000 vs. June 2013″
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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/5542a0bd69bedd75660cf6fb”
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[slide
permalink=”shrinking-lakes-in-great-sand-dunes-national-park-colorado-1987-vs-2011-27″
title=”Shrinking lakes in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, 1987 vs. 2011″
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source=”NASA”
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[slide
permalink=”melting-toboggan-glacier-alaska-june-1909-vs-sept-2000-28″
title=”Melting Toboggan Glacier, Alaska, June 1909 vs. Sept. 2000″
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title=”Deforestation of Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya, 1973 vs. 2000″
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