- Human Impact on the Environment / Making an Impact -
- Tyler Powell -
Aswan High Dam
The annual Nile flooding is finally able to be controlled, thanks to the Aswan High Dam. The Nile is diverted from the dam to irrigate thousands of farming acres, and navigation along the Nile has improved considerably. Aswan's turbines generate ten billion kilowatts an hour, and the 300 foot deep dam is able to support it's own fishing industry.
The North Sea of the Netherlands flooded quite often. The Netherlanders created dikes to hold back the water, and pumped out water that had seeped inside. The Hollanders proclaimed any land that had been claimed back "polders". St. Lucia's Flood killed over 50,000 people, and is considered to be one of the worst floods in history. A new sea was created from this flood; the Zuiderzee (South Sea). For the next few centuries, the Hollanders began pushing the water back, creating dikes and building polders. Canals and pumps were used to pump the water back out, creating thousands of acres of new farming land. Thanks to the canals, pumps, dikes, and polders, the Netherlanders are able to live below sea level, right next to the sea.
BP Oil Spill in 2010
The BP Oil Spill in 2010 wounded and hurt several hundreds of thousands of ecosystems. Fish, birds, and mammals alike were harmed by the penetrating oil. Birds could not fly after landing to rest in the water. Dolphins had trouble coming to the surface for air without dowsing themselves in the flammable liquid. Fish were killed by the oil as they breathed it in. The damage was not limited to the water; it seeped into marshes, swamps, beaches, any land form on the coast. The fishing trade was hurt by this, making it hard to get fish such as blue-fin tuna. This oil spill is one of the reasons that made seafood so expensive.
The people of North Carolina lost nineteen people from the flooding caused by Hurricane Mathew. Needless to say, countless homes and land were destroyed by the flooding. The water in the Neuse River is forecasted to reach 27.5 feet before falling down. It is at 14 feet now, and rising. People are urged to evacuate.
General Area of Occurrence
Thailand has had, by far, the worst monsoon in history. Raging throughout September to December, 10,000 people died. 100,000 contracted water-born diseases. 15,000 were evacuated. More than $400 million dollars in damages was caused, including homes, cars, buildings, and personal property.
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Public - 10/7/16, 2:44 PM