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See the stunning satellite imagery in new book that offers a new perspective of Earth

An alternative overview of the earth as seen from space shows just how alive with colour and vibrancy our planet today is.

Every year, tulip fields in Lisse, Netherlands begin to bloom in March and are in peak bloom by late April.
Every year, tulip fields in Lisse, Netherlands begin to bloom in March and are at their peak by late April. Image by Overview
Delray Beach in Florida, USA.
Delray Beach in Florida, USA. Image by Overview
Central Park, New York City in USA.
Central Park, New York City in USA, spanning 843 acres and 6% of the island of Manhattan. Image by Overview
Michigan, USA. Tailings pond left behind from an Iron ore operation.
Michigan, USA. Tailings pond left behind from an Iron ore operation. Image by Overview

A new book entitled Overview: A New Perspective of Earth shows amazing aerial photos of the planet taken from satellites.  The artist Benjamin Grant in compiling the book sought to mimic ‘the overview effect’ a phrase coined in the 1980s that derived from astronauts that have gazed upon the earth from space. They said that viewing the world from such a distance creates an understanding of life, and an awareness of the impact we have on our planet and the desire to protect it.

Moab, Utah in USA. Evaporation ponds visible at the Potash mine.
Moab, Utah in USA. Evaporation ponds visible at the Potash mine. Image by Overview
 Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Image by Overview

From olive tree groves covering the hills of Córdoba in Spain, to the sprawl of a refugee camp in northern Kenya, to the symmetry of blocks edging Central Park New York,  and the beauty of  Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the book depicts in equal measure how insignificant we are, but yet how we have come to highly organise our planet.  

Seville, Spain. The Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant contains 2,650 heliostat mirrors that focus the sun’s thermal energy to heat molten salt flowing through the central tower.
Seville, Spain. The Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant contains 2,650 heliostat mirrors that focus the sun’s thermal energy to heat molten salt flowing through the central tower. Image by Overview
The Empty Quarter. The largest sand desert in the world, covering 650,000 square kilometres and includes parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates.
The Empty Quarter. The largest sand desert in the world, covering 650,000 square kilometres and includes parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates. Image by Overview

The project was created in collaboration with DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of commercial satellite imagery. Benjamin Grant curated and composed more than 220 of the most thought-provoking images from the series to go for publication. The book is divided into a diverse range of topics that can fall into categories – Work, Rest and Play – such as, Where We Harvest, Where We Live and Where We Waste.

Jacksonville, Florida, USA. A turbine interchange connecting two highways.
Jacksonville, Florida, USA. A turbine interchange connecting two highways. Image by Overview
Nishino Island, Japan. Nishinoshima is a volcanic island located 940 kilometres south of Tokyo. Starting in November 2013, the volcano began to erupt and continued to do so until August 2015.
Nishino Island, Japan. Nishinoshima is a volcanic island located 940 kilometres south of Tokyo. Starting in November 2013, the volcano began to erupt and continued to do so until August 2015. Image by Overview
Musa Bay, Iran. Dendritic drainage systems are seen around the Shadegon Lagoon.
Musa Bay, Iran. Dendritic drainage systems are seen around the Shadegon Lagoon. Image by Overview
Arlit, Niger in France. Uranium mines that contribute to 3,400 tonnes being used per year for nuclear power.
Arlit, Niger in France. Uranium mines that contribute to 3,400 tonnes being used per year for nuclear power. Image by Overview

The book contains locations like the Port of Antwerp in Belgium, the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant in Seville, Spain, the tulip fields of Lisse in The Netherlands and evaporation ponds at the potash mine in Moab, USA.

Black Rock Desert, Nevada in USA. Burning Man festival, a week long annual event drawing 65,000 participants each year.
Black Rock Desert, Nevada in USA. Burning Man festival, a week long annual event drawing 65,000 participants each year. Image by Overview
Port of Singapore. Cargo ships and tankers, some weighing up to 300,000 tonnes wait outside the entry to the Port.
Port of Singapore. Cargo ships and tankers, some weighing up to 300,000 tonnes wait outside the entry to the Port. Image by Overview
The Eixample District in Barcelona, Spain. Characterised by a strict grid pattern and apartments with communal courtyards.
The Eixample District in Barcelona, Spain. Characterised by a strict grid pattern and apartments with communal courtyards. Image by Overview
Port of Qinhuangdao, China. The largest coal shipping facility in the country where approximately 210 million tonnes of coal are transported to coal-burning power plants throughout southern China every year.
Port of Qinhuangdao, China. The largest coal shipping facility in the country where approximately 210 million tonnes of coal are transported to coal-burning power plants throughout southern China every year.

“ I believe that we need to see our planet differently before we can understand what we’re doing to it and how to create a future where we protect it. From our usual line of sight on the ground, there are many things and places that we cannot fully understand without a wider, elevated view. That new perspective – one that I think is absolutely necessary in today’s world – is what I hope to provide and inspire with my images ,” Grant told Lonely Planet.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia. A temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia. A temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. Image by Overview
 Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arisona, USA.

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arisona, USA.
Yuba County, California in USA. Moore houseboats float on the New Bullards Bar Reservoir.
Yuba County, California in USA. Moore houseboats float on the New Bullards Bar Reservoir. Image by Overview
Sun Lakes, Arizona in USA. A planned community with a population of approximately 14,000 residents, most of whom are senior citizens.
Sun Lakes, Arizona in USA. A planned community with a population of approximately 14,000 residents, most of whom are senior citizens. Image by Overvi

Overview: A New Perspective of Earth is available now via Preface Publishing.