Earth From Above: Amazing Photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Earth From Above by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand will bring his Earth From Above exhibit to New York City next Spring, and there's a strong environmental angle to it. Here are a few of the photos that you'll be able to see (a cool high-tech extra: Each photo includes coordinates that you can plug into Google Maps. For example, the pic above was taken here).

Worker resting on bales of cotton
Taken in Thonakaha, Korhogo, Ivory Coast. "Cotton crops occupy approximately 335,000 square klilometers worldwide, and use nearly one quarter of all pesticides sold. Read on for more photos."
Confluence of the Rio Uruguay and a tributary, Misiones province, Argentina.
"Drastically cleared to make way for farming, the tropical rainforest of Argentina is now in some areas a less effective defense against erosion than it was in the past. The heavy rains in the province of Misiones (79 inches, per year) wash the soil and carry off significant quantities of iron-rich earth into the Rio Uruguay, turning the waters a dark, reddish color."


The Athabasca Oil Sands, Alberta, Canada.
"These oil deposits make up the largest reservoir of crude bitumen in the world, and as recently as 2006, produced over 1 million barrels of crude oil per day."


Iraqi tank graveyard in the desert near Al Jahrah, Kuwait.
"In 1991, during the first Gulf War, a million depleted uranium shells were fired at Iraqi forces, spreading toxic, radioactive dust for miles around. Such dust is known to have lasting effects on the environment and to cause various forms of cancer and other serious illnesses among humans. "


Waste from the copper mine at Chuquicamata, Chile.
"This giant scallop shell is made of earth. A crane deposits the earth in successive, slightly curved lines giving the appearance of sheets of sand lined up side by side. This earth is extracted with the copper, but it is separated from the ore by sieving."

You are strongly encouraged to check out Earth From Above!

Via Boston Globe
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