Mind-boggling: 10 aerial images of Earth that show how much we changed the planet


Many of us have had the opportunity to see Earth from the air while travelling on airplanes. However, these views do not suffice for us to get the entire ‘picture’ of what’s down there.

Just like ancient civilizations modified the surface of the planet with structures and geoglyphs thousands of years ago, today’s society has down the same thing but on a whole other level.


The book called perfectly illustrates the impact the Anthropocene age has had on our planet and what mankind has done in the last century.


Beautiful Aerial shot of Paris.
Beautiful Aerial shot of Paris.

Just imagine seeing Angkor Wat, the desert of the Burning man or the dendritic drainage systems seen around the Shadegan Lagoon in Iran. The truth is that in the last couple of decades, mankind has left its mark on planet Earth making sure that its presence will always be remembered on the surface of the planet.

A collection of images inspired by New York author Benjamin Grant’s Instagram called Overview: A New Perspective challenges viewers to take a look at our planet and our ‘mark’ from a fresh new perspective.

The images presented by Benjamin Grant’s account, Daily Overview offers a glimpse at what astronauts see every single day while aboard the international space station orbiting Earth.

While working with Digital Global, Grant selected the most fascinating satellite images from Earth which seem to perfectly fit into the new era our planet has entered –the Anthropocene.

Benjamin Grant aims to reveal just how much mankind has impacted the way Earth looks.

Speaking to Main Online Travel, Grant said:

‘From our line of sight on the Earth’s surface, it’s impossible to fully appreciate the splendour and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, the sheer complexity of the systems we’ve developed, or the devastating impact that we’ve had on our planet.’


Home to approximately 2,000 people, the villas of Marabe Al Dhafra in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates are located in one of the hottest regions on Earth.
Home to approximately 2,000 people, the villas of Marabe Al Dhafra in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates are located in one of the hottest regions on Earth.

Drawing more than 65,000 participants each year, the Burning Man is a week-long, annual event held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, USA.
Drawing more than 65,000 participants each year, the Burning Man is a week-long, annual event held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, USA.

Sun Lakes, Arizona, USA is a planned community.
Sun Lakes, Arizona, USA is a planned community.

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The planned city of La Plata in Argentina.
The planned city of La Plata in Argentina.

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Pitured here is the largest section of the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Northern Kenya and is home to 100,000 refugees.

Angkor Wat, a temple complex in Cambodia.
Angkor Wat, a temple complex in Cambodia.

Dendritic drainage systems seen around the Shadegan Lagoon in Iran.
Dendritic drainage systems seen around the Shadegan Lagoon in Iran.

Aerial view of London
Aerial view of London

Overview: A New Perspective of Earth Hardcover by Benjamin Grant

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