Most interesting satellite observations of April 2022

Highlights of April 2022


Here’s a summary of our highlighted satellite observations from last month. We try to focus on many environmental threats and important events, but also just the beauty of our planet from a bigger perspective.


Earth Day Celebration


This year while celebrating Earth Day we focused on how human activity affected Aral Sea. Once one of the four largest lakes in the world, today it has shrunken tremendously since rivers, that used to feed the lake had been diverted. Consequently in the satellite pictures we can see that deserted flats of the terrain are present, in areas where once used to be water.


Examples of latest visible changes in satellite images


From satellite pictures over the years it is possible to see the recent changes. For instance fire activity in Siberia has picked up in spring in recent years. Another example of that would be forest clearing in the Amazon. According to data from Brazil’s national space research institute, through the first two months of 2022 it has amounted more than twice the average over the past ten years.


Australian Great Barrier Reef with the Low Isles creating a beautiful image – view on the map
Image of burning fires in Tyumen oblast in Siberia from April 15th – view on the map
Satellite image of Hermits Peak Fire in New Mexico on April 23rd – view on the map


Observation of Aral Sea. From the satellite images we can see that deserted flats of the terrain are present, where once used to be water – view on the map
Image of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal just before April’s severe flooding – view on the map
Recent changes of Fuego Volcano in Guatemala – view on the map
Buckeye – the fastest growing large city in the United States and the fastest growing city within Arizona – view on the map
Satellite image of Mississippi River (North America’s largest river)
near Rosedale, creating Arkansas-Mississippi border – view on the map
Green view of Amazon Rainforest – view on the map
Explosive activity of Kilauea Volcano – view on the map
Gosses Bluff – one of the most known Australian impact craters with around 22 kilometers in diameter and 5 kilometers deep – view on the map