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Chapter 5. The View From Above > Hey, i Live Here!

5.1. Hey, i Live Here!

On my wall is a poster of the world as seen from space, but it's a view that no astronaut or satellite will ever see. It's a picture of our planet with the clouds stripped away. Both the Northern and Southern hemispheres are shown as they appear during the height of summer, clothed in green, the ice banished to the poles. The Earth's mountains are plainly visible. The oceans have been colored to reveal the sea floor and currents.

The poster, "The Earth: A New Satellite View of the World with Shaded Relief," was produced by WorldSat, a small firm in Ontario, Canada. The poster is a testimony to the observational power of orbiting artificial satellites, as well as to our fascination with geographical information. The ability to create a geographic mosaic such as WorldSat's has profound implications for the future of privacy. Geography is inescapable. Everything is somewhere.


  

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