Breathtaking Satellite Photos That Will Change How You See Our World (New Pics)

Breathtaking Satellite Photos That Will Change How You See Our World (New Pics)

Since 2014, Benjamin Grant searches for striking satellite pictures of our planet and publish them on his website – The Daily Overview. His aim is to change the way we see our planet Earth, and to show the effects of human intervention that can be found in nature – desserts, mining fields, islands and etc. Do you remember his previous post on Fastest Viral?

Grant was inspired by the Overview Effect experience, which is a cognitive shift of perspective and worldview experienced by the astronauts when they see the planet Earth from space for the first time. In that breathtaking moment, astronauts realize how small and fragile the human life is.

So scroll down the page and experience the Overview Effect yourself!

#1 The Blooming Tulip Fields In Lisse, Netherlands

Check out this Overview, which captures the blooming tulip fields in Lisse, Netherlands. These vibrant flowers are at their peak in April of each year

#2 Northumberlandia, Or “Lady Of The North”, Northern England

Northumberlandia, or “Lady of the North,” is a massive land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure near the town of Cramlington in northern England. Completed in 2012, the sculpture is made of 1.5 million metric tonnes of earth removed from the neighboring Shotton Surface Mine. It is 112 feet (34 m) high and 1,300 feet (400 m) long

#3 Willie Creek, Western Australia

Willie Creek is a protected tidal estuary roughly 10.5 miles (17 km) north of Broome, Western Australia. The creek’s calm, nutrient-rich waters make it an ideal habitat for the Pinctada maxima oyster, which produces world-renowned pearls

#4 Everglades National Park, Florida

Everglades National Park in Florida is the largest tropical wilderness in the United States east of the Mississippi River, covering more than 1.5 million acres. The park was established in 1934 to protect the area’s fragile ecosystem and is home to 36 threatened or protected species including the American crocodile and West Indian manatee

#5 Plaza Del Ejecutivo, Mexico City

Radiating streets surround the Plaza Del Ejecutivo in the Venustiano Carranza district of Mexico City, Mexico. This district — which is home to more than 430,000 people — contains three of Mexico City’s large traditional markets, including La Merced, Mercado de Sonora, and Mercado Jamaica

#6 Cluster Of Tetrapods, Hong Kong

A cluster of tetrapods is seen near the High Island Reservoir in Hong Kong. These concrete structures are used to reinforce shoreline defenses and prevent coastal erosion by breaking up incoming waves. The specific shape of the tetrapod allows water to flow around rather than against the concrete and reduces displacement by interlocking

#7 Sahara Desert, Algeria

The climate in this region is torrid and almost rainless, with an average annual rainfall of less than 0.4 inches (10 mm). In the summer, daytime temperatures are known to consistently reach 122°F (50°C), earning this area its nickname — the “triangle of fire”

#8 Kawah Ijen, Indonesia

Kawah Ijen is a stratovolcano in the East Java Province of Indonesia. It has a 0.6-mile-wide (1 km) turquoise-colored acidic crater lake, which is the site of a major sulfur mining operation. At night, when sulfuric gases make contact with fresh air, electric blue flames can be seen rising from volcano up to 16 feet (5 m) high

#9 Logan County, Colorado

Much of the county’s 1,845 square miles (4,780 sq. km) is used for farming, ranching or related activities, making it one of the most productive agricultural counties in the state. Shown in the bottom half of this image is the small town of Peetz, which has more wind turbines (300) than residents (238)

#10 Roebuck Bay, Western Australia

Roebuck Bay is a 210-square-mile (550 sq. km) tropical marine embayment in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. Much of the Bay’s eastern edge contains tidal creeks, which create vein-like patterns on its red sandy beaches. Mangrove swamps connected to these tidal creeks serve as important nursery areas for marine fish and crustaceans

#11 Rooftops In Sisteron, Southeastern France

Check out this amazing view above rooftops in Sisteron, a commune in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France. This small community has been inhabited for more than 4,000 years and currently has roughly 7,300 residents. Apart from its beautiful countryside, tourist attractions in Sisteron include its citadel, the 12th century former Sisteron Cathedral, and the Musée Terre et Temps — museum about earth and the measurement of time

#12 Canola Flower Fields, China

Canola flower fields cover the mountainous landscape of Luoping County, China. The crop is grown for the production of oil, which is extracted by slightly heating and then crushing the flower seeds. Canola oil is primarily used as a source of biodiesel and is also a key ingredient in many foods

#13 Greenhouses In Almeria, Spain

Greenhouses in Almeria, Spain, cover approximately 20,000 hectares of land (more than 75 square miles). The use of plastic covering (known as “plasticulture”) is designed to increase produce yield, increase produce size, and shorten growth time. For a sense of scale, this Overview shows roughly six square miles

#14 Akimiski Island, Canada

Akimiski Island is the largest island in James Bay (a southeasterly extension of Hudson Bay), Canada. Most of the vegetation covering the island consists of lichen, moss, sedges and black dwarf spruce, giving it a vibrant color scheme from the aerial perspective. The island has no year-round human inhabitants; however, it is home to the 1,300-square-mile (3,367-sq-km) Akimiski Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary

#15 Canyon Lake, California

Canyon Lake is a city and gated community in southern California, with a population of slightly more than 11,000 people. Constructed as a master-planned community in 1968, it is one of just five gated cities in the state. In 2006, it was featured in “United Gates of America,” a BBC documentary that explored why people live in gated communities and what effects it has on them

#16 The Hoover Dam, Situated On The Border Of Nevada And Arizona

The Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, situated on the border of Nevada and Arizona. Standing 726.4 feet (221.4 m) tall and 1,244 feet (376 m) long, it impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States by volume. Construction of the Hoover Dam between 1931 and 1936 served as a massive public works project of the Great Depression, employing thousands of workers — in fact, when the dam was authorized, nearly 20,000 unemployed individuals flocked to Las Vegas (a city of just 5,000 at the time) in hopes of finding work

#17 “Galaxia”, Nevada

“Galaxia” was The Temple at this year’s Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Designed by French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani, it is shaped of 20 timber trusses converging as a spiral towards one point in the sky. According to the artist, the design “celebrates hope in the unknown, stars, planets, black holes, the movement uniting us in swirling galaxies of dreams”

#18 Swanson Dock, Australia

Swanson Dock is an international shipping facility on the north bank of the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. It and several other docks make up the Port of Melbourne, one of Australia’s largest ports for containerized and general cargo. Swanson Dock East has a berth length of 2,900 feet (884 m), six container cranes and 99 acres (40 hectares) of container storage, while Swanson Dock West has 3,097 feet (944 m) of wharves, seven cranes and 84 acres (34 hectares) of storage space

#19 3-D Paintings On The Roof Of The Seattle Center Armory, Washington

Don’t worry — even though they look real, these giant spiders are just 3-D paintings on the roof of the Seattle Center Armory in Seattle, Washington. Muralist Marlin Peterson painted these two Opiliones, or “Harvestmen” arachnids in August 2012 through a grant from the Washington State Artist Trust. Situated just under the iconic Space Needle observation tower, the mural is viewed from above by nearly 1.3 million visitors per year

#20 Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Several cays extend off the western coast of Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas. Great Exuma is the largest of more than 365 islands in the Exuma district, with an area of 61 square miles (158 sq. km). The Tropic of Cancer, also known as the Northern Tropic, runs across a beach located on Great Exuma

 

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