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I could stare at aerial photos of Iceland all day. These pictures by Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris would be a great way to start that day.

A Map of the World: The World According to Illustrators and Storytellers is a book of creative insights about our diverse planet edited by Antonis Antoniou, R. Klanten, H. Ehmann and H. Hellige.

About the book:

A Map of the World is a compelling collection of work by a new generation of original and sought-after designers, illustrators, and mapmakers. This work showcases specific regions, characterizes local scenes, generates moods, and tells stories beyond sheer navigation. From accurate and surprisingly detailed representations to personal, naïve, and modernistic interpretations, the featured projects from around the world range from maps and atlases inspired by classic forms to cartographic experiments and editorial illustrations.

Find out more…

Aerial views of Siberia - Khabarovsk Krai by peace-on-earth 

The Future Mapping Company’s creative cartography demands wall space.

Some of the 14 Spectacular Basalt Formations assembled for a beautiful and informative gallery by The World Geography.

The satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe recently declared the winner of their 2012 Top Image Contest. The winning top image was taken from above Burning Man. Click on the images to find out the locations of some of the other fantastic runners-up. 

You don’t need to be a giant to lay your head on the Himalayas while propping your feet up on the Andes. You just need these geology pillows from the geographyhandmade Etsy store.

Topographic & geographic memo pads from Geografia

Below the Boat is a project by husband and wife team Robbie and Kara Johnson 

About the project:

It’s a door into another world (one which, quite literally, lies below the boat).

Starting with a bathymetric chart (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map), the contours are laser-cut into sheets of Baltic birch and glued together to create a powerful visual depth. Select layers are hand-colored blue so it’s easy to discern land from water, major byways are etched into the land, the whole thing’s framed in a custom, solid-wood frame and protected seamlessly with a sheet of durable, ultra-transparent Plexiglas.

The result is stunning. It lifts the surface of the water back like a veil, exposing the often-overlooked, under-explored, awe-inspiring world that lies below. To those familiar with the floor of the ocean or the bed of a lake, it’s a beautiful reminder of the deep channels, sharp drop-offs, and mountainous landscapes that are hidden from normal view. To the uninitiated, it’s wonderfully eye-opening; as though the world suddenly took on a fourth dimension.

For their app Earth As ArtNASA has taken an unusual foray into the realm of “art for art sake”. Although in this case it would probably be more accurately described as satellite imagery for art sake.

The app is primarily a collection of the most visually striking images returned by the Landsat 7 satellite with information about each image available with just a tap. Though these same images can also be found in galleries of the same name on the U.S. Geological Survey site, I highly recommend downloading this free app for its intuitive design and coffee-table book experience.

Visit the World Geography gallery for more images of Incredible Rock Pillar Landscapes 

Don’t be fooled by all this beauty, South Greenland’s Tasermiut Fjord is one of the most dangerous terrains on the planet. Very few are willing to risk exploring it and many have died trying. That’s why we should all be very grateful for people like Vladimir Donkov, who was just crazy enough to risk life and limb to bring back these amazing photos.