The Earth as a work of art
NASA appealed to the public with an appeal for people to vote for the best image of their view of the more than 120 photographs gathered in the collection "The Earth as a work of art."
These satellite images gathered the past 40 years, and they really look like the pictures.
The winner of the vote here this picture, which was named "Van Gogh from Space" - a picture similar to the famous painting by the Dutch artist's "Starry Night." In the photo - the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea
The second place: Delta Yukon River.
Numerous lakes, marshes and ponds are scattered in the delta of the Yukon in the south-western Alaska. One of the largest river deltas in the world, it is protected by the National Reserve Yukon. It seems as though the waterways - the blood vessels, enveloping an organ.
The third place: Meandering Mississippi.
Small square pieces towns, fields and pastures surround the peaceful meanders of the Mississippi River - the largest river system in North America. Countless lakes and branches accompany the river south of Memphis. Tennessee, on the border between Arkansas and Mississippi.
The fourth place: Algeria abstract.
What it seems divorce pale yellow paint on the background of blurred mosaic of colors, actually ridges of sand deposited by the wind, which constitute erg iguidi - a region of ever-changing sand dunes, which stretch to the north-west Africa, from Algeria to Mauritania. Erg - one of several Saharan ergs, or sand seas, where individual dunes are often more than 500 meters in width and in height.
Fifth place: Lake Eyre.
Scary smiley in this picture is actually a small unflooded portions Lake Eyre in South Australia desert. Lake Eyre - the lowest point in Australia, and the country's largest lake in its full state. However, over the past 150 years it was filled completely only three times.
Bright colors and strange shapes blend into this picture, which may seem like a work of abstract art or illustration to the fantasy story. This labyrinth of exotic properties located along the edge of Chaynskoy Lips (bright blue semi-circle) in the north-eastern Siberia. Two major rivers - Chaun and Palyavaam - flow into the Bay, which, in turn, flows into the Arctic Ocean. Belt lakes and swamps are found throughout the region, established grooves, which are left over from melting glaciers.
White clouds cast shadows on the beige desert Rub 'al Khali, or Empty Quarter, near the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Lines caused by wind-blown sand characteristic of the Great Sandy Desert and the Rub 'al Khali - the largest desert of its kind in the world. In the center is the city of Sharurah in Saudi Arabia.
Like a distant galaxies among the clouds of interstellar dust, lumps of ice in the North Sea near Baffin Island in Canada's north pole. Sea ice often begins as fat ice - a thin layer of ice crystals on the surface of the ocean. With the temperature the fat is compacted into blocks and is combined more solid ice.
The delta of the river Ganges. Gang River forms large delta, where it flows into the Bay of Bengal. Delta covered marshy forest known as Sundarbans where dwells rare species Bengal Tiger.
Like strokes of pink and green paint, Belcher Islands blue meander through Hudson Bay in Canada. The only inhabitants of the island live in the small town of Sanikiluaq, near the upper end of the middle of the island. Despite the green, these rocky islands are too harsh to them could thrive quite good vegetation.
Soaring snow-capped peaks and ridges of the eastern Himalayas, creating uneven white-red pattern between major rivers in southwestern China. The Himalayas are made up of three parallel ridges, which together stretch for more than 2,900 km.
The basin of the Rocky Mountains.
What it seems to be a bright red smear of paint in fact - the play of light and clouds in the Rocky Mountains. Through them part of the basin of the Rocky Mountains - the valley that stretches from Montana, USA, to the south of the Yukon Territory. Low cloud fill part of the depression near the border between Canadian Alberta and British Columbia. The reflective nature of the cloud light together with low sun position and led to the similar bright contrast.
During the last glacial period, the island Akimiski Island in James Bay, Canada was under extensive glaciers that pressed down with incredible force. As the ice began to melt climate change and Akimiski Island gradually began to appear. The island emerges from the water, slowly but surely.
Ribbons Saharan sand dunes like glow at sunset. These patterns are part of the Erk Cech - remote sandy beach in the south-western Algeria, Africa, where the wind is constantly changing landscape of large linear sand dunes. The word "erg" is derived from the Arabic word for "field of sand dunes."
The icy wave.
Along the southeastern coast of Greenland fjords sophisticated network pushes glacial ice into the Atlantic Ocean. In the summer, in the melting season, new icebergs join lumps of sea ice and older icebergs and the northern currents sometimes wrap them in incredible shape.
This sketch of the northern coast of Iceland resembles a tiger's head with strips of orange, black and white. Tiger's mouth - it Eyyaforur - a deep fjord, protruding into the mainland between the steep mountains. The name means "Island Fjord" and comes from a tiny island in the form of tears called Chrissi. The port city of Akureyri is near the end of a narrow fjord. It is the second largest city in Iceland after Reykjavik.
The Caribbean luxury.
Caicos Islands in the northern part of the Caribbean Sea - a popular tourist attraction with beautiful beaches, clear waters, scuba diving and luxury resorts. The islands lie mainly along the northern perimeter of the island of Caicos Bank - small limestone platform, formed of sand, algae and coral reefs, occupying 6140 square meters. km.
It is truly a river of ice - fast flowing glacier Byrd in Antarctica flows through the Transantarctic Mountains with speed 0, 8 km per year. This glacier more than 180 km long runs with polar plateau (left) to the ice shelves Ross (right). The red areas marked on the speaking stone surface.
The Vanishing Lake Disappointment.
Surrounded by sand dunes, Lake Disappointment - is an ephemeral salt lake in one of the most remote regions of Western Australia. An early explorer supposedly named the lake in 1897 after he saw numerous bays, which led to the lake, but unfortunately the water was not potable.
The Lake District in the UK - a popular holiday destination.
It is a region of picturesque mountains and long, narrow lakes. Most lakes have a U-shaped valleys that were carved by glaciers during the last ice age. Morecambe Bay below the Lake District, published in the Irish Sea. Coarse sand in the intertidal zone and silted areas notorious for their shifting sands and tides, which are said to be moving faster than a galloping horse.
the Great Barrier Reef.
The fact that an error can be mistaken for dinosaur bones, - only individual reefs. Components of the Great Barrier Reef - the largest coral reef system in the tropical world. Reef stretches more than 2,000 km along the coast of Queensland, Australia. It supports an amazingly complex and vivid diversity of marine life and is the largest structure on the planet, built from living organisms.