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posted by crunchland (25 comments total)

 
stunning! thanks crunch!
posted by quonsar at 9:00 PM on September 15, 2003


Crunch, those photos really are magnificent - thanks for the tip.
posted by davidmsc at 9:01 PM on September 15, 2003


Great pictures. Hard to believe they are real.

You post so many good links. Have you thought about putting up your own blog?
posted by sciatica at 9:09 PM on September 15, 2003


yeah! you could use blogger!
posted by quonsar at 9:11 PM on September 15, 2003


Thanks, but I already have a blog... here it is.

Seriously, metafilter has the huge number of eyeballs -- both active users and lurkers -- that it'd take months or even years for me to reach if I were to have my own blog. Besides, my goal is to enrich this place. (Is it working?)
posted by crunchland at 9:23 PM on September 15, 2003


Anyone want to hazard a guess as to identification of some of the places? I recognized Hawaii, Mexico, Madagascar (?) and Israel. The ones with the uniform circles were really creepy. Either it's time delayed photography showing the arc of the sun, or the aliens have landed.
posted by PrinceValium at 9:23 PM on September 15, 2003


what a beautiful planet we live on.

anyone else notice some strange patterns in some of the photo's. one very closely resembles a womans face and some other's are also quite odd.
posted by carfilhiot at 9:25 PM on September 15, 2003


What a great link!! THANKS!
posted by tomplus2 at 9:26 PM on September 15, 2003


The ones with the uniform circles were really creepy.

<don pardo>
CROP CIRCLES IN SPAAAAACE.
</don pardo>
posted by quonsar at 9:27 PM on September 15, 2003


ps. if you like this stuff nasa has a website with similar photo's called earth as art
posted by carfilhiot at 9:31 PM on September 15, 2003


seriously, what are those circles? all the other oddities i could explain away to myself, but all those black circles stumped me. anyone have a clue about their explanation?
posted by rio at 9:37 PM on September 15, 2003


The dark circles—each about a kilometer across—indicate central-pivot irrigation. A well drilled in the center of each circle supplies water to a rotating series of sprinklers.
NASA Visible Earth Project
posted by crunchland at 9:46 PM on September 15, 2003


Excellent!. The lack of commentary was frustrating at first, but then you slip into it, a bit like watching NASA channel footage of the earth silently slipping past...
posted by marvin at 10:01 PM on September 15, 2003


Stunning find...Yay Crunchland!
posted by dejah420 at 10:06 PM on September 15, 2003


Wow. Amazing photos.
posted by SisterHavana at 10:29 PM on September 15, 2003


Today's APOD is in a similar vein, and also quite stunning. And scary. Great link crunch!
posted by WolfDaddy at 11:33 PM on September 15, 2003


The lack of descriprions initially had me wondering if I was looking at long distance shots of other planets or even CGI versions of something entirely make believe. Great post, crunchland!
posted by sharpener at 11:38 PM on September 15, 2003


Hey, I can see my house!
Seriously though, those are spectacular images. What a fascinating place our planet is.
posted by dg at 12:14 AM on September 16, 2003


very good, as always crunchland.
posted by triv at 5:42 AM on September 16, 2003


Beautiful, but like others, I wish for some kind of labelling.
posted by jacquilynne at 5:49 AM on September 16, 2003


If you use the up arrow on the left of the pictures, you can go to an index for pictures of things very close up - cells and bacteria and such. Nice juxtaposition.
posted by pomegranate at 6:23 AM on September 16, 2003


Just to add my voice to the chorus of thanks. Gorgeous.
posted by jokeefe at 8:19 AM on September 16, 2003


This is the perfect crunchland post - in as few words as possible, the link leads us to images of great beauty. Thanks.
posted by Lynsey at 9:49 AM on September 16, 2003


I like the "no-words" gimmick in the overall website. It reminds me of the newspapers in François Truffaut's version of Fahrenheit 451, and I don't mean that in a bad way.
posted by smrtsch at 7:54 PM on September 16, 2003


crunchland, you rock. Excellent post - you are most certainly achieving your goal of enriching this site.
posted by widdershins at 1:31 PM on September 17, 2003


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