Western Pakistan from space • Earth.com

Last update: January 24th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features Western Pakistan as it appears from the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite in April of 2018.

The Indus River Delta is visible along 150 kilometers of the coastline. The Indus River, which is one of the longest in the world, winds throughout the Sindh Province before merging with the Arabian Sea.

One of the largest mangrove forests in the world can be found on the Indus Delta, but much of the silty soil that the mangrove depends upon has been reduced by low rainfall as well as human activities. According to the ESA, a huge proportion of the delta has been lost and many freshwater species, such as the Indus river dolphin, are at risk.

In the top right, there are two important lakes on the edge of the desert. The square-shaped Haleji Lake supports an abundance of vegetation and bird species, while the Keenjhar Lake is a major source of drinking water.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

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