Walker Lake in Nevada continues to shrink in size • Earth.com

Last update: January 28th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Walker Lake, located about 75 miles southeast of Reno, Nevada.

In the past 100 years, Walker Lake has lost roughly 90 percent of its volume, adding to the ever-growing list of Earth’s disappearing salt lakes. The lake’s primary water source is snowmelt that has been diverted away for irrigating agricultural fields. Meanwhile, the lake’s salinity has increased, making it now about half as salty as ocean water.

This image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board the Landsat 8 satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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