Earth As Art
Natural Surrealism? A paradox of terms perhaps, but perhaps the best way to describe the astonishing patterns, vivid abstractions, and fantastic shapes exhibited in the collection of satellite imagery being displayed as “Landsat: Earth as Art.”
The joint U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (USGS0 and the National aironautical and Space Agency (NASA) collection of satellite imagery shows 41 images of Earth taken by the Landsat 7 satellite from over 400 miles high.
The only human intervention in creating these graceful portraits of Earth was the color processing the rest is nature in its most beautiful, intriguing, and illuminating aspect.
The images, in addition to being b eautiful, can teach sviewers about the processes of the earth sciences that create the startling beauty of the images.
The collection is currently on display at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., but anyone can take a virtual tour through a web version of the exhibit at landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov.