Dazzling Photographs of Earth From Above
Satellite images of mountains, glaciers, deserts and other landscapes become incredible works of art
Icelandic Tiger (October 21, 1999)
Everyone at USGS who works with Landsat data has a favorite photo, and that led to the idea of gathering a collection of favorites to share with the public, says Ronald Beck, a USGS public information specialist who has worked with the Landsat Program for 37 years. Beck’s favorite in the new exhibit, the third installment of “Earth as Art,” is Icelandic Tiger. The “tiger” is part of Iceland’s northern coast, and its mouth is the fjord called Eyjafjorour, meaning “Island Fjord.” The name refers to the small island the tiger is about to eat.
Van Gogh From Space (July 13, 2005)
Byrd Glacier (January 11, 2000)
Although the images for the exhibit were selected for their aesthetic value, they provide an opportunity to educate people about how scientists use satellite imagery to study the earth, says Ronald Beck, a USGS information specialist. For example, researchers can use satellites to track how glaciers change over time.
The Dardzha Monster (February 11, 2001)
Island Rebound (September 6, 2007)
Lake Eyre (August 5, 2006)
The creamy orange mosaic of farm fields, pastures and towns on the border of Arkansas and Mississippi is interrupted by the circuitous strokes of the teal Mississippi River. Here the river takes an especially windy path to the Gulf of Mexico, forming numerous oxbow lakes. These U-shaped lakes occur when a loop in the river’s path gets cut off from the main channel.