Tag: geography

Where the borders of selected US states literally look like an elf making chicken.

I feel like this needs to be an official scientific thing – you know in terms of climatology trends or a specific biodiversity habitat.


Via Futility Closet.

Ocean landscapes artistically depicted with glass sheets.




By Ben Young, via Colossal

Planet Earth during hurricane Sandy, as depicted with a globe made from thousands of matchsticks.

That would be a literal description…




By Andy Yoder, via Visual News.

A whimsical look at the layers of the Earth and its atmosphere

Not to scale, but fun to look at nevertheless!


By Rachel Ignotofsky, available as a print too.

These giant pastel icebergs by Zaria Forman are stunning. #whoa




From top to bottom: “Greenland #52”, “Greenland #62”, “Greenland #54.” By Zaria Forman. Via Colossal.

Continental Drift: The Fart Hypothesis #funny


By The Perry Bible Fellowship. Via Fresh Photons.

European Space Agency can serve your imagery fix whilst NASA is down. #planetearthispretty

Colossal (and Devid Sketchbook) provides this awesome option.

Luckily there’s still at least one space agency still publishing photos of space (and space from Earth), the European Space Agency. The ESA has an incredible Observing the Earth archive that’s updated every week and each satelitte image is usually accompanied by a brief essay to explain a bit about what you’re looking at.

Now for the whoa part:





Via Colossal (and Devid Sketchbook)

Wonderful and clever sciencegeek photos by Chema Madoz




By Chema Madoz, via Thinx

Water wave photography at high speeds. #beautiful

O.K… Visual cortex – officially blown away…




By Pierre Carreau.

What I learned today: apparently volcanoes can puff smoke rings


These were “puffed” by Mount Etna in 2000. Apparently, she recently did it again.

By Stromboli online

Vintage National Geographic Images


Charles Bittinger, Eclipse of the Sun by the Earth, 1930s


Vittorio Sella, A Cascade of Weathered Ice Spills From the 14 Square Mile Glacier, Karagour Glacier, Caucasus Mountains, Russia, 1910s


Pierre Mion, Habitat in Space, 1970s


On display at the Steven Kasher Gallery until February 16th, 2013

Pangaea: When the Continents were Cuddling

By Dan Meth.

Why the Moon Hates the Beach

By Mark Heath at Nobrow Cartoons.

Gorgeous paper cut topography

I want one for Vancouver, or one on the arctic would also be cool (especially for climate change discussions).

By Marnie Karger, also available for sale.

Powers of Ten: Cubist style #awesome

Hooray For Earth “True Loves” (Cereal Spiller Remix) from Cereal Spiller on Vimeo.


Directed by Cyriak Harris

Landscapes carved from the pages of books

By Guy Laramee via Colossal.

Beautiful Photo of an Icelandic River Delta

By Haarberg Nature Photography.

Amazing video of the Yosemite Range #whoa

Yesterday, I passed on a link of an epic and breathtaking space video. Now, take a look at how pretty our own planet can be. Best viewed in HD in full screen.

By Shawn Reeder.

In a word: “Whoa…” Augmented Reality Sandbox

This is seriously amazing. I want boardgames with this feature!

Via Colossal.

Caused by glaciers, earthquake, wind dynamics, pooling rain water, or very very busy gophers?

This mystery might be cool to use in a class about hypotheses generation.

(Click on image for full size).

Specifically: “Mima mounds ( /ˈmaɪmə/) is a term used for low, flattened, circular to oval, domelike, natural mounds found in the northwestern United States, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, that are composed of loose, unstratified, often gravelly sediment that is an overthickened A Horizon. These mounds range in diameter from 3 to more than 50 m; in height 30 cm to greater than 2 m; and in density from several to greater than 50 mounds per hectare. Within the northwestern United States, they are typically part of what is commonly known as hog-wallow landscape.” (wiki)

See all the hypotheses here. (Admittedly, I’m partial to the thought of busy gophers moving tons and tons of soil!)

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