USGS EROS Center Releases New Earth As Art Images

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The USGS EROS Center is happy to announce the addition of a new Earth As Art collection. With Earth As Art 5, we have added 24 new art images from Earth-observing satellites that show off the beauty and wonder of the planet.

Earth As Art image Fanciful Fluorescence

Fluorescent colors dominate this dreamlike scene. The orange shapes look like glowfish in a fanciful underwater world. Those glowfish are actually clouds, and the neon green represents mountains, including Mount Rainier, near Seattle, Washington. Download Imagery

Earth As Art has worked as a great outreach tool to draw people in to the science we do at EROS. Visitors who take the tour are immediately struck by the bright colors of the images. People like that these works of art are actual satellite images. It’s a way for those non-scientific people to make a connection with our data and relate to all the science content they just learned about. They also learn through these images that art serves as a great partner in the communication of science.

In this newest collection of Earth As Art, we continue to display the Earth as our eyes cannot see it—in creative combinations of visible and infrared light. These unreal views of farmland, coastlines, and snowscapes remind us of the powerfully artistic qualities of Earth’s land features.

See all 24 images in the new collection on the EROS Image Gallery website, or download a free Earth As Art 5 booklet in PDF format from the USGS.

Although beauty in art is often subjective, the science data provide objective views of the Earth’s changing land surface. However, we will let these images speak to you as art. Enjoy the latest additions to Earth As Art!

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Date published: October 15, 2018
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Earth As Art 5

In the 5th edition of Earth as Art, we continue to display the Earth as our eyes cannot see it—in creative combinations of visible and infrared light. These unreal views of farmland, coastlines, and snowscapes remind us of the powerfully artistic qualities of Earth’s land features.

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Contacts: Janice Nelson