Alien Landscapes

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These stunning photographs may look like alien planets, but they are actually satellite images of planet Earth. Commercial satellite company DigitalGlobe recently released the images as a way of highlighting the incredible detail of their imagery – the highest-resolution commercial satellite imagery in the world. Some of the images – taken above Afghanistan, Algeria, Peru, Russia and the United States – look more like abstract works by Mondrian than segments of the globe. DigitalGlobe, based in Westminster, Colo., launched its first satellite in 1999 and currently has four in operation. Here: Sutter, California.

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Afghanistan.

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Palmyra, Syria.

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Mongolia.

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Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Russia.

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Trementina, New Mexico.

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Pampa San Alejo, Peru.

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Paramonga, Peru.

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Los Olivos, California.

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Minaret of Jam, Afghanistan.

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Algeria.

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Dura-Europos, now in Syria.

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Algeria.

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San Al Hajr Qabliyah, Egypt.

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