New photos celebrate 'Earth from Space'

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  • "Earth from Space" is a book of photos that emphasizes the beauty of our planet
  • The book contains more than 150 high-resolution images, shot from orbiting satellites
  • The satellite photos incorporate infrared light and show unexpected colors
If you've ever gazed down from an airplane on a clear day, you've probably admired the quilted fields or jagged ribbons of coastline below.
Now imagine seeing those views from several hundred miles higher, a perspective that morphs recognizable landscapes into something that looks more like abstract art.
That's the aesthetic behind "Earth from Space," a new book of photographs that emphasizes the beauty and delicacy of our planet. The coffee table-sized volume contains more than 150 high-resolution images, shot from satellites, that chronicle everything from the patchwork plains of Kansas to the shrinking snows of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to the twinkling sprawl of Shanghai, China, at night.
"Whether seen from the sky or from space, no matter the difference in scale, our planet arouses the same sense of wonder by offering us unexpected geometric forms, magnificent structures and stunning colors -- even if the colors in satellite images are often artificial," writes author-photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand in the book's preface