Floods can be devastating, and they can be surreal too, seen from space. This below, thanks to NASA Earth Observatory, shows a flood event in 2011 that looks like a giant bulldozer having widened the whole James River, meanwhile smoothing out all the twists and turns along the way.
And here is a scene on Missouri River, also seen from space:
Here are a bunch of floods in China over the years, and the river monsters were pretty horrific, visually:
- Amur (Heilongjiang) River: Aug. 31, 2012 vs. Aug. 27, 2013
- Songhua River: Aug. 30, 2012 vs. Aug. 30, 2013
- Yangtze River and Dongting+Poyang Lakes: May 28, 2011 vs. June 27, 2011