They are lucky Having spent time aboard the International Space Station reports a unique feeling of watching the earth rush past below: it is known as the overview effect. It’s a kind of awe and a newfound appreciation for the interconnectedness of planetary systems and the human species. But if you’re like me and have never been on board the ISS, you can at least enjoy a variety of images from satellites orbiting the earth, our very own terrestrial overview effect.
Still, not even astronauts can really watch the planet’s transformation over time, given the brevity of their stays on board the space station. Cities rise or depopulate over the decades. Mining outfits are booming and breaking. Lumberjacks cleared a landscape and farmers bloom huge fields of tulips. Satellites have captured all the ways we have changed this planet. Pictures that the authors Benjamin Grant and Timothy Dougherty have put together for the fascinating new book Overview time lapse: How we are changing the earth. (Disclosure: Your publisher, Ten Speed Press, is part of Crown Publishing Group, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, through which this author published his own books.)
Her photo book captures the miracle of the overview effect and spans many years of change, be it the rise and fall of industry or the retreat of the Antarctic sea ice. “This awe and this fascinating vastness that you can see in the pictures is still there. But that̵