Valparaiso, Chile, is built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and the city is known as "The Jewel of the Pacific." This is one of the satellite images from Benjamin Grant's upcoming book, "Overview: A New Perspective of Earth."
A satellite view of Burning Man, an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. The gathering is described as an experiment in community, art, self-expression and radical self-reliance. One of its key principles is "Leave No Trace," as significant efforts are taken to make sure the desert returns to its original state in the days following the festival.
Every year, tulip fields in Lisse, Netherlands, begin to bloom in March and are in peak bloom by late April. The Dutch produce a total of 4.3 billion tulip bulbs each year. "The people who are planting those tulips ... are just kind of going about their business and making sure those flowers are as beautiful as possible and bloom as well as possible," Grant said. "That is going on, but at the same time that creates this unbelievable tapestry of color and control and design from above and it's just magnificent."
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone formation in the Northern Territory of Australia. The monolith -- towering 1,141 feet high with an expanse of 2.2 miles by 1.2 miles -- is a sacred site to the Aboriginal people of the area who first settled there 10,000 years ago.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a 1.7-mile-long suspension bridge in San Francisco. The bridge's signature color, known as "international orange," was selected to complement its natural surroundings and enhances its visibility in fog. Grant makes images like this one by stitching together various tiles of satellite imagery.
Aspen Snowmass is one of four recreational areas at the winter resort complex in Colorado. This particular mountain has a total skiable area of 1,010 acres. All of Grant's images draw from the idea of the "Overview Effect," which refers to the sort of shift in perspective that various astronauts and cosmonauts have said they experienced during spaceflight.
Ipanema Beach is located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The sand is divided into segments by lifeguard towers known as "postos." Grant's book has nine major parts: Where We ... Harvest. Extract. Power. Live. Move. Design. Play. Waste. Are Not. Each part not only shows but tells us something about the planet we call home.
The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The hot spring gets its vivid color from pigmented bacteria that grow around the edge of the mineral-rich water. This image appears in the "Where We Are Not" section of Grant's book, which focuses on places where our human impact is less obvious.
Mont Saint-Michel is a commune built 0.6 miles off the coast of Normandy, France. Over the past 600 years, the island has functioned as a prominent monastery (accessible to pilgrims only during low tide). "You have again this ingenuity of farming and agriculture that I'm sure has been going on there for centuries, as well as the history of the architecture of the building that was constructed there," Grant said. "It's just phenomenal to see."
Tropical Islands is a tropic theme park in Brandenburg, Germany. The park is located in the world's largest freestanding hall that was initially designed as an airship hangar. Tropical Islands is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and contains the biggest indoor rainforest in the world, a beach, swimming pools and numerous waterslides.
Port Hercules, the only deepwater port in Monaco -- a tiny principality just south of France near the Mediterranean coastline -- provides anchorage for up to 700 vessels. The area of the port is 0.78 square miles and comprises approximately 8% of the entire country.
The largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world is located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. The aircraft bone yard -- run by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group -- contains more than 4,400 retired American military and government aircraft.