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Satellite Images Show the Earth’s Beauty in Intricate Detail

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Malaspina Glacier, August 1st, 2000
Malaspina Glacier, August 1st, 2000

Taken by a collection of three satellites orbiting Earth — Landsat 7, ASTER, and MODIS — the images above and below are part of an incredible collection of photos that were captured from space purely for their aesthetic beauty, rather than the usual scientific reasoning.

The “Earth as Art” collection offers a view of our world few ever see, capturing the intricate details of Earth’s surface. From the fractals created by the deltas of the Amazon to the contrasting colors presented by the Vatnajokull Glacier and its surrounding environment, this three-part series of color-enhanced images shows us how, even at a macro level, the world around us is as beautiful as it can be at the micro level.

Below are some of our favorite images from the “Earth as Art” collection.

Whirlpool in the Air, May 1st, 2001
Whirlpool in the Air, May 1st, 2001
The Syrian Desert, January 1st, 1999
The Syrian Desert, January 1st, 1999
Rugged Terrain, April 28th, 2001
Rugged Terrain, April 28th, 2001
Meandering Mississippi, May 28th, 2003
Meandering Mississippi, May 28th, 2003
Rocky Mountain Trench, February 1st, 2004
Rocky Mountain Trench, February 1st, 2004
Kamchatka Peninsula, February 17th, 2002
Kamchatka Peninsula, February 17th, 2002
The Himalayas, January 1st, 1999
The Himalayas, January 1st, 1999
Edrengiyn Nuruu, August 1st, 1999
Edrengiyn Nuruu, August 1st, 1999
Demini River, January 1st, 1999
Demini River, January 1st, 1999
Dasht-e Kevir, October 1st, 2000
Dasht-e Kevir, October 1st, 2000
Bolivian Deforestation, August 1st, 2000
Bolivian Deforestation, August 1st, 2000
Bogda Mountains, September 1st, 1999
Bogda Mountains, September 1st, 1999
The Andes, October 28th, 2001
The Andes, October 28th, 2001
Aleutian Clouds, June 1st, 2000
Aleutian Clouds, June 1st, 2000

If you’d like to see the full collection, you can head on over to the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Image Gallery, take a look, and even download the images for yourself. And when you’re done, you can even purchase prints from the US Geological Survey store.

(via The Verge)


Image credits: Images courtesy of USGS

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