From space, Earth is a magnificent sight, splashed with vivid colours, patterns, textures and abstract forms. Views from above can also provide telling information about the health of our planet.
To help us understand the more than 150 breathtaking satellite photographs in The Earth from Space, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the aerial photographer and devoted environmental activist, discusses the impact of deforestation, urban sprawl, intensive farming, ocean pollution and more.
Using high-resolution imagery, we can monitor the evolution of vegetation around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site, snow loss on Mount Kilimanjaro and the health of migratory bird populations. The Earth from Space's compelling selection of satellite images raises important questions about our future, while also showcasing the planet's beauty leaving no doubt of the urgent need to protect it.
Inside scans provided courtesy of Thames & Hudson
p.3 - Mauritania and Senegal, Senegal River © CNES 2008 - Distribution Astrium Services/Spot Image
p.37 - United States, Michigan, Detroit © CNES 1990 - Distribution Astrium Services/Spot Image
p.107 - United States, Louisiana, Mississippi Delta in 2010 © NASA
p.147 - Russia, Lena River © Astrium
p.148 - Phytoplankton, Sweden, Gotland Island © NASA/GSFC/USGS Eros Data Center
p.171 - United States, Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Kármán Vortex Street © NASA/GSFC/USGS Eros Data Center
p.190 - Spain, Ebro Delta © CNES 2008 - Distribution Astrium Services/Spot Image
p.193 - Madagasar, Bombetoka Bay © CNES 1986 - Distribution Astrium Services/Spot Image
p.198 - United States, Arkansas and Mississippi, Meanders of the Mississippi © NASA/GSFC/USGS Eros Data Center
p.242 - Antarctica, Lützow-Holm Bay © CNES 2002 - Distribution Astrium Services/Spot Image