With advances in the methods of interferometry, subsidence of entire countries can now be mapped. This image shows the average displacement rates over millions of permanent scatterers identified over Italy using data from ESA’s ERS missions (1992–2001). The project was financed by the Italian Ministry of the Environment and carried out by e-GEOS, TRE and Compulab. Credit: Tele-Rilevamento Europa (TRE). (vía ESA)
I’m in love with cartography at the moment. I think it’s amazing, especially older cartography. Anything with maps of the world on it, I love looking at and considering buying.
Maps are so beautiful.
Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, appear in the foreground of this perspective view generated from a Landsat satellite image and elevation data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). The city center is located at Table Bay (at the lower left), adjacent to Table Mountain, a 1,086-meter (3,563-foot) tall sandstone and granite natural landmark. (via NASA Earth Observatory)
The Distribution of Complex Life in the Last 540 Million Years (by habitabilitylab)
This animation shows the distribution of complex life in the last 540 million years based on the fossil record. This was the period when life became complex and populated the continents. The fossil record is very limited and fragmented both spatially and temporally, but it gives a general idea of how life evolved and shifted through space and time. This animation is part of the Visible Paleo-Earth project of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory @ UPR Arecibo http://phl.upra.edu
This image shows the Mississippi flood plain in 3D, the low-lying areas forming a broad area on the Louisiana and Mississippi sides of the river. Dark areas are low-lying whereas light blue colors indicate areas of high elevation. The data for this visualization comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission carried out by the space shuttle Endeavour during an 11-day mission in February 2000. (via NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory)