The Earth As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Alessia Andreotti
June 18th 2014

This series of images, called Overviews, shows overhead satellite views of the Earth, focusing on the places where human activity has shaped the landscape.

From our line of sight on the Earth’s surface, it’s impossible to completely understand the complexity of the systems we have created and the impact that we have had on our planet.

As Daily Overview founder Benjamin Grant explains “Our project was inspired, and derives its name, from an idea known as the Overview Effect. This term refers to the sensation astronauts have when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole. They have the chance to appreciate our home in its entirety, to reflect on its beauty and its fragility all at once. That's the cognitive shift that we hope to inspire.”

The work aims to change the way we look at our planet. The authors of the pictures collection, invite us to “go beyond the aesthetics, contemplate just exactly what it is that you're seeing, and consider what that means for our planet.”

The Pinecastle Bombing Range in the Ocala National Forest, where the United States Navy do live impact training

The Pinecastle Bombing Range in the Ocala National Forest, where the United States Navy does live impact training

Golf Courses in Palm Desert, California

Golf Courses in Palm Desert, California

El Salvador, Chile. A mining town designed in the shape of a Roman helmet

El Salvador, Chile. A mining town designed in the shape of a Roman helmetThe star fort of Bourtange, a village in the Netherlands

Giant Game of Tetris? No, a parking near Austin airport, Texas, USA

Giant Game of Tetris? No, a parking near Austin airport, Texas, USA

The star fort of Bourtange, a village in the Netherlands

The star fort of Bourtange, a village in the Netherlands

Plasticulture inAlmeria, Spain. Using plastic materials in agricultural applications

Plasticulture inAlmeria, Spain. Using plastic materials in agricultural applications

20 acre clearcutting tracts in the El Dorado National Forest

20 acre clearcutting tracts in the El Dorado National Forest

Spaghetti Junction in Madrid, Spain

Spaghetti Junction in Madrid, Spain

Central Park in New York City

Central Park in New York City

Inman Yard in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Inman Yard in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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