What Satellite pictures can show us

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Satellite photos can offer fabulous images of our planet – like the one I showed yesterday. But, it can also highlight issues. The pictures below are of a lake in central Texas in the USA – they are a before and after version.

The Thematic Mapper on NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite captured these images of Lake Buchanan, Texas, in October 2011 and October 2003. NASA says that, despite recent rain, by the morning of December 28, 2011, Lake Buchanan stood roughly 23 feet (7 meters) below its historic average for the month. September 2010 through September 2011 were the driest 12 months on record for much of the region, with rainfall at 30 to 40 percent of the norm.

Now I am all for having an open mind but surely this and all the other ‘strange weather events’ that are now happening world wide (generally too much or too little water) suggest that something is wrong with the planet?


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