Our planet is full of breathtaking views: oceans, mountains, forests, glaciers, and plenty more besides. Look at it all from space, though, and plenty of those views become so striking that they're hard to distinguish from art.


NASA has recently published a free ebook called Earth as Art, which brings together years' worth of beautiful satellite photos from around the world. This one, for instance, is a stunning shot of the Himalayas in Central Asia. Check out this gallery to see some more of our favorites. [Earth as Art]

All images by NASA

Rocky Mountain Trench, Canada

Lean River Delta, Russia

Bogda Mountains, China

Byrd Glacier, Antarctica

Bombetoka Bay, Madagascar

Carnegie Lake, Australia

Dasht-e Kavir, Iran

Erg Chech, Algeria

Garden City, United States