German astronaut photographed from the ISS suffered from drought Europe
The pictures of Alexander Gerst seen dry brown land where there was vegetation.
BERLIN, August 8. /TASS/. Astronaut Alexander Gerst took a photo of Central Europe and, in particular, Germany with the International space station (ISS) to show the extent of the drought that gripped the region. The pictures he posted on Twitter.
Just had a chance to take my first photos of dried-out Central Europe and Germany since a few weeks, and was shocked. What should have been green, is now all brown. Never seen it like this before. #Horizons pic.twitter.com/o2XoddPdrM
— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) August 6, 2018
From the height of 400 km, Europe is a “shocking spectacle” in the form of dry land, said the astronaut.
What was supposed to be green, now brown. Never seen anything like it.Alexander Helststraat
Separately Gerst posted a photo almost completely brown Portugal: “Looks like a mixture of dust, smoke and sand,” he commented.
Gerst regularly publishes pictures of the mission of the European space Agency (ESA) Horizons. This summer, the astronaut managed to document from space forest fires in California and Portugal.
European countries are faced with the anomalous heat in July and August of this year. According to the German farmers Union (DBV), hot summer of 2018 would be Germany’s worst harvest in the last 100 years. In addition, drought has resulted in shallowing of the major rivers of the country.
The heat flared forest fires in Greece, Portugal and Sweden. According to local authorities and media, the number of victims of the July fires in Greece has reached 91, and in Portugal at least 44. Forests are burning in the South of Spain, however, the victims yet. The fire also destroyed 25 thousand hectares of forests in Sweden, to extinguish were attracted by military aircraft.