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This is how much of the Earth's surface humans have modified

Solar panels are seen on the construction site of a large-scale photovoltaic system of Swiss energy provider Axpo at some 2500 metres above sea level on the dam of Lake Muttsee, Switzerland August 19, 2021. Picture taken with a drone, August 19, 2021

Human impact on the Earth’s surface can take a number of different forms. Image: REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Nick Routley
Creative Director & Writer, Visual Capitalist
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14.6% of the world's land area has been modified by humans. Image: Visual Capitalist
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Almost all of Egypt’s population lives along the Nile and its delta. Image: Visual Capitalist

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The Netherlands has some of the heavily modified landscapes on Earth. Image: Visual Capitalist
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This mountainous region of West Virginia, in the United States, offers a very clear visual example of how we extra metals. Image: Visual Capitalist
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