A sneak peek at some breath-taking aerial photographs from Benjamin Grant’s new book

Benjamin Grant’s new book ‘Overview: A New Perspective’ is a compilation of incredible aerial photographs that show the reader the world from above.  The book takes its namesake from the change in awareness from the world, often reported by astronauts who have viewed Earth from orbit. Before publishing the book, Grant ran a website and Instagram account, called Daily Overview.

Research has found that astronauts viewing Earth from space experience a cognitive shift, developing new way of thinking to accommodate and understand a previously unimaginable view. Grant hopes that his new book will give readers the same type of shift in awareness and thinking.

So here are some breath-taking aerial images of our planet, taken by Satellite.

Mir Mine, Eastern Siberia

The Mir Mine is an inactive, open-pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. The mine is 1,722 feet (525 m) deep and has a diameter of 3,900 feet (1,200 m), making it the second largest excavated hole in the world. Active for 44 years, the mine had an output of 10 million carats of diamond per year during peak production in the 1960s

The Mir Mine is an inactive, open-pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. The mine is the second largest excavated hole in the world. The mine was active for 44 years, and at it’s peak had an output of 10 million carats of diamond per year.

Irrigation System, Saudi Arabia

Center pivot irrigation is used throughout the Wadi As-Sirhan Basin of Saudi Arabia. Water is mined from depths as great as one kilometer (~3,000 ft), pumped to the surface, and evenly distributed by lines of sprinklers that rotate 360 degrees around a central motor

Waste Ponds, Portugal

Waste ponds are seen at the Neves-Corvo Mine in the Castro Verde Municipality in Portugal. Zinc and copper and the primary resources extracted from the mine and the byproducts of that extraction is sent to these basins. Typically, once waste materials are pumped into a tailings pond, they are mixed with water to create slurry

These wasteponds contain the byproducts of zinc and copper excavations from the Neves-Corvo Mine in Portugal. Typically, once waste materials are pumped into a tailings pond, they are mixed with water to create slurry.

 

Coal Port, China

The coal terminal at the Port of Qinhuangdao in China is the largest coal shipping facility in the country. From here, approximately 210 million tonnes of coal are transported to power plants throughout southern China every year. In 2015, new data revealed the country has been burning up to 17 per cent more coal each year than previously disclosed

The coal terminal at the Port of Qinhuangdao in China is the largest coal shipping facility in the country.Over 200 million tonnes of coal are transported to power plants throughout southern China every year from the port.

Evaporation Ponds, Utah

Evaporation ponds are visible at the potash mine in Moab, Utah. The mine produces muriate of potash, a potassium-containing salt that is a major component in fertilisers. Salt is pumped to the surface from underground brines and dried in massive solar ponds that vibrantly extend across the landscape

Diamond Mine, Botswana
The Jwaneng Diamond Mine in Botswana is the richest diamond mine in the world with an annual output of as much as 15.6 million carats (2006). Mine richness takes into account the rate of diamond extraction combined with quality of the diamonds that are mined (sale price per weight)

The Jwaneng Diamond Mine in Botswana is the richest diamond mine in the world. Its’ wealth is calculated by the rate of diamond extraction combined with quality of the diamonds that are mined.

Airport, The Caribbean

Princess Juliana International Airport is the main airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. The airport is well-known for the approach to Runway 10, seen at the bottom of this Overview. Here arriving aircraft must have a 3° glide slope, flying at a shockingly low altitude over people relaxing on Maho Beach, to land safely

Princess Juliana International Airport is the main airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. The airport is well-known due to the fact that aircrafts approaching runaway 10 must have a 3° glide slope, meaning they fly at incredibly low altitude over the popular Maho Beach.

Aircraft Yard, Arizona

The largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world is located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, US. The boneyard – run by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group – contains more than 4,400 retired American military and government aircrafts

The largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world is located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, US. The boneyard – run by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group – contains more than 4,400 retired American military and government aircrafts.

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