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Google Earth Images From The Past And Present Paint A Grim Future

The Amazon Rainforest in 1975 (left) and 2008 (right). Source: Design Boom

Aerial photography has the ability to turn slums, ransacked rainforests, and even pit mines into something beautiful. From a distance, all we can see are geometric patterns or deep color contrasts between land and sea, and the simplicity in these images is breathtaking. We can’t help but find them fascinating, and if you spend any significant amount of time on the internet, you’ve undoubtedly fallen under their spell.

But that’s a part of the problem: these images oversimplify the Earth.

Source: Slate
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