December 04, 2002
A Million Miles Away, Any Way You Look at It.

From Yahoo, a story on the "Earth As Art" exhibition: one librarian, a representation of the mud and salt marshes in Iran's Dasht-e Kevir desert recalled the marbled end-papers in a rare book of the 1700s. What look from space like delicate ripples in a Namibian desert are in fact the world's tallest sand dunes about 980 feet high. A frozen-over reservoir near the city of Bratsk in southern Siberia seems to merit its nickname of "Dragon Lake."

By coincidence, one picture taken in January 2001 (above) shows an area around Basra, the great oil port where U.S. planes bombed Iraqi air defenses on Sunday.

"Now littered with minefields and gun emplacements, it is a staging area for military exercises," says last year's description by the USGS.

Posted by at December 04, 2002 03:15 AM

Also, you can order prints of these. I can't, because you have to call some number between 9 A and 5 P to place the order (love the web!) and for those of you who know me, the very idea of these photos leaves my mind the moment I stop writing about them.

So if you're looking to get me something for kwanzaa, now you know what to get, and hopefully I might still remember what it's a photo of. That's what photos are for, right? And satellites too?

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on December 4, 2002 04:32 AM

beautiful, yes, but i worry about the precedent. i.e., what if saturation was littered with pictures? I wouldn't like that.

Posted by: dbrown on December 4, 2002 09:28 AM

Aw jeez. I remember fearing a color New York Times, too.

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on December 4, 2002 12:28 PM

I'm with Kevin on this one. As long as we keep it to a minimum and work-safe, I'm happy to see what others deem worthy of sharing.

Posted by: tmonkey on December 4, 2002 01:00 PM

The times is so much better now. TV, too.
can the pictures at least be small?
my aesthetics are very sensitive.

Posted by: dbrown on December 4, 2002 01:04 PM

Oh yeah, I forgot we were dealing with a former photo editor for the Times Magazine.

Posted by: tmonkey on December 4, 2002 03:08 PM
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