[Earthview Wonders]
No.30: Bolivia’s Lake Poopo Dried Up

NASA’s Terra satellite image revealed Bolivia’s second largest Lake Poopo is dried up. The lake was the important fishing source for local community, and serious impact for the area is concerned.

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Credit: NASA

Water level rises during rainy season of December to March, but this year heavy drought dried up the lake. Lake Poopo drying up took place in 1994 and it took several years to recover the water level.

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This is the image of the lake on the ground.

Credit: Juan Karita, Associated Press

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[Earthview Wonders]
No.29: Greenland Ice Loss

While everyone’s attention is drawn to Antarctic ice sheet, ESA’s CryoSat satellite reveals melting ice in Greenland has recently contributed twice as much to sea-level rise as the prior two decades (original link).

Between 2011 and 2014, Greenland lost 1 trillion tonnes of ice which corresponds to 0.75 mm contribution to global sea-level rise each year, twice the average of the preceding two decades (summary video).

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Credit: ESA

As Mckenzie Funk describes in his book Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming, global warming cynically is about to give a rise to Greenland, a 3-dacade colony of Denmark with full of oil and natural resources.

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[Earthview Wonders]
No.28: Richat Structure

The Richat Structure, known as the Eye of the Sahara or of the Africa, is located in west-central Mauritania. 50km diameter circular feature consists of a series of 100 meter high mountains made of Cambrian rocks.

It is hypothetically thought that erosion carved away soft sediments and dome-shaped bulge movement created circular feature, but the probable mechanism is still under discussion.

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Jeff Williams, NASA

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