Lake Chad drying up in central Africa • Earth.com

Last update: October 19th, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Lake Chad in central Africa.

In the past 45 years, Lake Chad has shrunk to less than one-tenth of its former size. The significant loss of water is a major cause for concern as the lake is responsible for sustaining over 30 million people in addition to wildlife.

This image was captured by the Landsat 8 satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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