Earth Day: Human Impact on The Chinese Landscape

2016-04-22 08:52:20

From the coastal flats in the east to the mountain ranges in the west, China’s natural landscape has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Below, satellite images from NASA show humans’ impact on the planet, including urban expansion, agricultural growth, and man-made environmental hazards.

(Header image: This image shows artificial land and urban growth in Binhai New City, Tianjin, 2012. The image is rotated 90 degrees. Thematic Mapper sensor onboard Landsat 5/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Missions Gallery, ‘Binhai New Area, China,’ U.S. Department of the Interior/USGS)