Last year we showed you the story of how California’s Department of Fish and Game was using Google Earth to track down marijuana fields to help avoid problems with local rivers. Kevin Franck at Earth’s Internet has a similar story. In a recent post, he digs through various ways he’s used Google Earth to track the progression of his local landscape in fairly depressing ways.
His post covers a handful of areas and examples, such as this one:
The very first time I drove to this exact spot in the early 1970s was when I got my Drivers License as a young teen and there were massive riparian forests here, mostly majestic old growth Cottonwoods and Willows everywhere. The creek was full and had a heavy meandering flow, even deep in many spots. There were also fish here, large ones too, which darted when you walked past the stream’s edge, although I cannot now identify them. But also mostly those small Top Minnow mosquito fish. I know I can’t get anyone to believe me about this, but never the less that is what I experienced. At best all I can do now is tell you a story. If I could have foreseen the future and what was to become of this place, maybe I would have taken actual photographs to back up the story. … It’s incredible, while it does take thousands of years for a health productive ecosystem to develop on a macro level, it only takes 150 years to screw it up under the excuse of enlightenment and manifest destiny. Pathetic when you ponder it really!
For more examples, as well as details on some of the techniques that he uses in Google Earth, check out his full post.
Nice work, Kevin!