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Friedl, Lawrence. Earth as art / Lawrence Friedl, Karen Yuen...[et.al.]. p. cm. Summary: “[Images from Earth-observing environmental satellites in orbit around the planet. This book shows patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere]”--Provided by publisher. 1.Earth--Pictorial works. I. Yuen, Karen. II. Title. QB637.F75 2012 550.22’2--dc23 2012031026

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We must look to the heavens . . . for the measure of the earth.
Jean-Félix Picard

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Contents
viii 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 Foreword Akpatok Island, Canada Aleutian Clouds,Bering Sea Algerian Desert, Algeria Alluvial Fan, China Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco Anyuyskiy Volcano, Russia Belcher Islands, Canada Bogda Mountains, China Bombetoka Bay, Madagascar Brandberg Massif, Namibia Byrd Glacier, Antarctica Cape Farewell, New Zealand Carbonate Sand Dunes, Atlantic Ocean Carnegie Lake, Australia Dardzha Peninsula, Turkmenistan Dasht-e Kavir, Iran Desolation Canyon, UnitedStates East African Rift, Kenya Edrengiyn Nuruu, Mongolia Erg Chech, Algeria Erg Iguidi, Algeria and Mauritania Erongo Massif, Namibia

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Garden City, United States Grand Bahama Bank, Atlantic Ocean Gravity Waves, Above the Indian Ocean Great Salt Desert, IranHimalayas, Central Asia Ice Waves, Greenland Isla Espíritu Santo and Isla Partida, Mexico Jebel Uweinat, Egypt Kalahari Desert, Southern Africa Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia Kilimanjaro, Kenya and Tanzania Kuril Islands, Sea of Okhotsk La Rioja, Argentina Lake Disappointment, Australia Lake Eyre, Australia Lena River Delta, Russia MacDonnell Ranges, Australia Mayn River, Russia Meandering Mississippi,United States Mississippi River Delta, United States Mount Elgon, Kenya and Uganda Musandam Peninsula, Oman Namib Desert, Namibia Nazca Lines, Peru Niger River, Mali Okavango Delta, Botswana Painted Desert, United States Paraná River Delta, Argentina Phytoplankton Bloom, Baltic Sea Pinacate Volcano Field, Mexico Ribbon Lakes, Russia Richat Structure, Mauritania Rocky Mountain Trench, Canada Rub’al Khali, Arabian Peninsula

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Sand Hills, United States Shoemaker Crater, Australia Sierra Madre Oriental, Mexico South Georgia Island, South Atlantic Ocean Southern Sahara Desert, Africa Susitna Glacier, United States Syrian Desert, West Asia Tassili n’Ajjer, Algeria Terkezi Oasis, Chad Three Massifs, SaharaDesert Tibetan Plateau, Central Asia Tikehau Atoll, French Polynesia Triple Junction, East Africa Ugab River, Namibia Vatnajökull Glacier Ice Cap, Iceland Volcanoes, Chile and Argentina Von Kármán Vortices, Southern Pacific Ocean Wadi Branches, Jordan Zagros Mountains, Iran About the Book Appendix Acknowledgments

Foreword

In 1960, the United States put its first Earth-observing environmentalsatellite into orbit around the planet. Over the decades, these satellites have provided invaluable information, and the vantage point of space has provided new perspectives on Earth. This book celebrates Earth’s aesthetic beauty in the patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere. Earth-observing environmental satellites can measure outside the visible range of...
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