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Gotland pic voted top in NASA 'Earth as Art' poll

27 Jul 2012, 15:24

Published: 27 Jul 2012 15:24 GMT+02:00

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The image of Gotland from the sky in the summer surrounded by massive congregations of greenish phytoplankton swirling in the dark water was likened by NASA to Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Starry Night".

The picture was taken by the Landsat 7 satellite on July 13th 2005 and came in first of a top five winners in the "Earth as Art" competition.

The other four winners, chosen from some 120 images selected for public perusal were: Lake Eyre in Australia, Erg Iguidi in the Algerian Sahara, the Mississippi River near Memphis, USA and the Yukon Delta in Alaska, USA.

The Landsat series of Earth observation satellites has been recording images of the planet's surface for the past forty years. The database is a vital global reference to assist the understanding of scientific issues related to land and water resource use.

The "Earth as Art" project has been created by the US Geological Survey to "demonstrate an artistic resonance in satellite land imagery".

The public poll received some 14,000 votes on the more than 120 images which can viewed by following the link below.

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Your comments about this article

17:27 July 27, 2012 by Hamsterdam
Wow. The news on here is groundbreaking stuff.
18:15 July 27, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Great photo of a great island! I love Gotland!
20:29 July 27, 2012 by SecondGen
Pollution does look cool from far away doesn't it.

During January in Chicago the temps will hit -20f(-28c) for a few days and the Chicago River is neat to be near with what looks like steam coming up from it (it never freezes because it's too polluted).

Then when you get close the smell suddenly hits you and it's no longer cool...
01:58 July 28, 2012 by gerak
The picture looks awesome, however.

Dear TheLocal, can you please ever refer to your sources? As most often you borrow the articles from other news sites, it would be elementary to name the source, and a link to the original article would make it so much easier for your readers. Thanks in advance.
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