At the right distance the arresting presence of mountain ranges and the sheer artistry of graceful coastlines and meandering rivers emerge from the landscape. Terrains both strange and familiar become unfathomable abstractions from above. As the Earth's surface changes, and our ability to capture the impact of physical geography and human demography through satellite imaging improves, snapshots from outside the atmosphere are frequently turned to as valuable tools for understanding. More than a collection of aerial photographs or an example of a high-tech art form, the Satellite Atlas of the World is a detailed rendering of scientific data. Within this book, the latest satellite technology has been used to produce images of unparalleled clarity and color, providing beautiful photographs of countries, seas, mountains and lakes from an entirely new perspective.