October 4, 2012 11:30 am
Just outside of Garden City, Kansas, farmers who irrigate their fields end up with repeating circles of healthy crops interspersed with dry soil, demonstrating at once the reach of their technology, and the conditions in which they work.
This view of Kansas farmlands, cropped down from a much, much larger Landsat image, is being commemorated by the United States Postal Service as part of a special stamp collection they’re calling Earthscapes (Forever).
The stamp collection pulls together striking aerial views of the natural world, along with similarly beautiful scenes of human endeavor—constructions and features that in some cases resemble abstract art. MyModernMet:
Snapped by both NASA’s satellites and photographers dangling from aircrafts, these photos show our world from high above – in heights ranging from hundreds of feet to several hundreds of miles. According to USPS, “The beautiful ‘earth art’ images were chosen to showcase designs or patterns and geographic diversity so viewers can see the world in a new way and contemplate a much bigger picture.”
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