10 Photos That Make Earth Look Like Art

Our planet is full of breathtaking views: oceans, mountains, forests, glaciers and plenty more besides. Look at it all from space though, and plenty of those views become so striking that they're hard to distinguish from art.

NASA has recently published a free ebook called Earth as Art, which brings together years' worth of beautiful satellite photos from around the world. This one, for instance, is a stunning shot of the Himalayas in Central Asia. Check out this gallery to see some more of our favourites.

Rocky Mountain Trench, Canada

Lean River Delta, Russia

Bogda Mountains, China

Byrd Glacier, Antarctica

Bombetoka Bay, Madagascar

Carnegie Lake, Australia

Dasht-e Kavir, Iran

Erg Chech, Algeria

Garden City, United States

[Earth as Art]

Images: NASA

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    Love the Garden City shot, one of the more mesmerizing ways humanity has left its mark on the planet. Is it a regular photo, or is it using other means to apply the colouring?

    Looks like false colour satellite imagery to me, might be worth mentioning in the article perhaps?

      from the link "Earth-observing environmental satellites can measure outside the visible range of light, so these images show more than what is visible to the naked eye. "
      Therefore, they are false coloured (or at least, colour mapped) to apply visible colour to non-visible infrared wavelengths.

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