The Optimist – August 1st, 2000
- Description: On the edge of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia, sand dunes are encroaching onto once-fertile lands in the north. Healthy vegetation appears red in this image; in the center, notice the lone red dot. It is the result of a center-pivot irrigation system, evidence that at least one optimistic farmer continues to work the fields despite the approaching sand
Aleutian Clouds – June 1st, 2000
- Description: These cloud formations were seen over the western Aleutian Islands. Their color variations are probably due to differences in temperature and in the size of water droplets that make up the clouds.
Bolivian Deforestation – August 1st, 2000
- Description: Once a vast carpet of healthy vegetation, the Amazon rain forest is changing rapidly. This image of Bolivia shows dramatic deforestation in the Amazon Basin. Loggers have cut long paths into the forest, while ranchers have cleared large blocks for their herds. Fanning out from these clear-cut areas are settlements built in radial arrangements of fields and farms. Healthy vegetation appears bright red in this image.
Broutona – June 1st, 2000
- Description: These Karman vortices formed over the islands of Broutona, Chirpoy, and Brat Chirpoyev (Chirpoy’s Brother), all part of the Kuril Island chain found between Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula and Japan.
Coahuila, Mexico – November 1st, 1999
- Description: This desolate landscape is part of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range, on the border between the Coahuila and Nuevo Leon provinces of Mexico.
Dasht-e Kevir – October 1st, 2000
- Description: The Dasht-e Kevir, or Great Salt Desert, is the largest desert in Iran. It is a primarily uninhabited wasteland, composed of mud and salt marshes covered with crusts of salt that protect the meager moisture from completely evaporating.
Dragon Lake – December 1st, 1999
- Description: Nicknamed “Dragon Lake,” this body of water is formed by the Bratskove Reservoir, built along the Angara River in southern Siberia, near the city of Bratsk. This image was acquired in winter, when the lake is frozen.
Edrengiyn Nuruu – August 1st, 1999
- Description: The Edrengiyn Nuruu forms a transition zone between the Mongolian steppes to the north and the arid deserts of northern China to the south
Garden City, Kansas – September 1st, 2000
- Description: Center pivot irrigation systems created these circular patterns in crop land near Garden City, Kansas. The red circles indicate irrigated crops of healthy vegetation. The light-colored circles represent harvested crops
Ghadamis River – November 1st, 2000
- Description: This scar on an arid landscape is the dry riverbed of the Ghadamis River in the Tinrhert Hamada Mountains near Ghadamis, Libya.
Great Sandy Scars – August 1st, 2000
- Description: In a small corner of the vast Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia, large sand dunes—the only sand in this desert of scrub and rock—appear as lines stretching from left to right. The light-colored fan shapes are scars from wildfires.
Greenland Coast – September 1st, 2000
- Description: Along Greenland’s western coast, a small field of glaciers surrounds Baffin Bay
Iraqi Emplacement – January 1st, 2001
- Description: In an area north of the city of Al-Basrah, Iraq, which borders Iran, a former wetland has been drained and walled off. Now littered with minefields and gun emplacements, it is a staging area for military exercises.
Karman Vortices – September 1st, 1999
- Description: Each of these swirling clouds is a result of a meteorological phenomenon known as a Karman vortex. These vortices appeared over Alexander Selkirk Island in the southern Pacific Ocean. Rising precipitously from the surrounding waters, the island’s highest point is nearly a mile (1.6 km) above sea level. As wind-driven clouds encounter this obstacle, they flow around it to form these large, spinning eddies.
Lambert Glacier – December 1st, 2000
- Description: The Lambert Glacier in Antarctica is the world’s largest glacier. The focal point of this image is an icefall that feeds into the glacier from the vast ice sheet covering the polar plateau. Ice flows like water, albeit much more slowly. Cracks can be seen in this icefall as it bends and twists on its slow-motion descent 1300 feet (400 meters) to the glacier below.
Namib Desert – August 1st, 2000
- Description: Namib-Naukluft National Park is an ecological preserve in Namibia’s vast Namib Desert. Coastal winds create the tallest sand dunes in the world here, with some dunes reaching 980 feet (300 meters) in height.
West Fjords – June 1st, 2000
- Description: The West Fjords are a series of peninsulas in northwestern Iceland. They represent less than one-eighth the country’s land area, but their jagged perimeter accounts for more than half of Iceland’s total coastline.
Bogda Mountains – September 1st, 1999
- Description: The Turpan Depression, nestled at the foot of China’s Bogda Mountains, is a strange mix of salt lakes and sand dunes, and is one of the few places in the world that lies below sea level.
Eros and Nasa has collected these beautiful and interesting sattelite photos for the third “Earth as Art” collection.
This is a random mix of pictures and you can visit USGS/EROS for even more of this.
I mean, Im facinated. Really, the greatest art in the world IS the world.