Human Collaboration Helps Reveal Earth In Its Full Beauty

The Great Bahamas Bank. Taken by the Landsat-8 satellite (Credit: USGS/ESA)

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released its latest satellite image of the Earth’s surface. The picture shows ‘The Great Bahamas Bank’: a limestone structure composed of many, long decayed, micro-organisms. Created over a period of 100 million years the Great Bahamas Bank surrounds a deep ocean trench 4000 metres in depth (black region).

In an inspiring series of images, ESA highlights Earth’s profound beauty, and showcases the latest capabilities of satellite/imaging technology from around the world:

South Kalimantan, Borneo, taken by Japan's ALOS satellite (Credit: ESA)

South Kalimantan, Borneo. Taken by Japan’s ALOS satellite (Credit: JAXA/ESA)

Quelccay ice cap, Peru. Taken by Kompsat-2 satellite (Credit: KARI/ESA)

Quelccay ice cap, Peru. Taken by Kompsat-2 satellite (Credit: KARI/ESA)

Lake Gairdner, South Australia. Take by ALOS (Credit: JAXA/ESA)

Lake Gairdner, South Australia. Taken by ALOS (Credit: JAXA/ESA)

Sahara desert, Algeria. Taken by ALOS (Credit JAXA/ESA)

Sahara desert, Algeria. Taken by ALOS (Credit: JAXA/ESA)

Egmont National Park, New Zealand. Taken by Kompsat-2 (Credit: KARI/ESA)

Egmont National Park, New Zealand. Taken by Kompsat-2 (Credit: KARI/ESA)

 

Romania. A 15 scan mosaic, taken by ESA's recently commisioned, Sentinel 1-A satellite (Credit: ESA)

Romania. A 15 scan mosaic, taken by ESA’s recently commisioned, Sentinel 1A satellite (Credit: ESA)

When exploring, one quite often takes a moment to appreciate Earth in its full glory. However, like a modern day artist, the latest satellite/imaging technology paints a picture that elevates awe to the next level. Further images can be found on ESA’s continually updated, Earth Observation, web page.

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Paul Hattle

As a strong advocate for science and learning, I am a passionate supporter of the 'Campaign for Science and Engineering' (CaSE) Fellow of the 'Royal Astronomical Society' (RAS) Associate Member of the 'Institute of Physics' (IOP) & 'The Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators' (ISTC)

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