Erg Chech, Algeria, Africa
Seen through the eyes of a satellite sensor, ribbons of Saharan sand dunes seem to glow in sunset colors. (Photo and Caption Courtesy of NASA/USGS/Flickr)
Earth Day reminds us to appreciate the beauty of our planet. And though you may not think of the Earth as a work of art, the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA’s "Earth as Art" collection illustrates the surreal splendor of Mother Nature through the eyes of satellites.
In 1960, the U.S. launched its first environmental satellite. According to NASA, sensors on these satellites capture an extensive amount of light, which provide a unique perspective of our planet and shows more than what is visible to the naked eye.
After seeing Earth’s natural artistic beauty from above, NASA and USGS compiled various images from the satellites into a free e-book titled “Earth As Art.”
Inside the book are 75 photos of the world’s awe-inspiring magnificence as seen in patterns of the Great Salt Desert in Iran, a phytoplankton bloom in the Baltic Sea, the Ribbon Lakes in Russia and more.
"The images are intended for viewing enjoyment rather than scientific interpretation," reads NASA's website. "The beauty of Earth is clear, and the artistry ranges from the surreal to the sublime."
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