Earth as Art 5

General Information Product 186



Fanciful Fluorescence. Lurking Madness. Serene Expressions.

The titles of the images in this fifth edition of Earth As Art speak to the powerfully artistic qualities of Earth’s natural features when tinged with unnatural colors.

Art serves as a great partner in the communication of science, bringing emotion to the pursuit of understanding. The pieces in this collection look like abstract art but are actual satellite images.

Satellite imagery has long served the rational and disciplined approaches of science to better understand our Earth. But these images can also, with a bit of creativity, excite our imaginations with the beauty and art that surround us.

In this newest collection of Earth As Art, we continue to display the Earth as our eyes cannot see it—in creative combinations of visible and infrared light. Although beauty in art is often subjective, the science data provide objective views of the Earth’s changing land surface. However, we will let these images speak to you as art. Enjoy the latest additions to Earth As Art!

The images in the Earth As Art 5 collection can be downloaded for free from the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Image Gallery at

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2018, Earth as art 5 (ver 1.1, November 2018): U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 186, 32 p.,

ISSN: 2332-354X (online)

ISSN: 2332-3531 (print)

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Earth as art 5
Series title General Information Product
Series number 186
DOI 10.3133/gip186
Edition Version 1.1: November 2018; Version 1.0: September 2018
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 32 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
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