Breathing Earth

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

BreathingEarthJohn Nelson of IDV Solutions strung together satellite imagery for dramatic animated GIFs.

Having spent much of my life living near the center of that mitten-shaped peninsula in North America, I have had a consistent seasonal metronome through which I track the years of my life. When I stitch together what can be an impersonal snapshot of an entire planet, all of the sudden I see a thing with a heartbeat. I can track one location throughout a year to compare the annual push and pull of snow and plant life there, while in my periphery I see the oscillating wave of life advancing and retreating, advancing and retreating. And I’m reassured by it.

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