Our daily does of satellite imagery through services like Google Maps have made looking down at Earth seem rather hum-drum at times. But there are still magical and majestic sites to be hold, as seen in this selection from 2012.

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DigitalGlobe recently announced their Best of 2012 picks out of their vast archive of images. Phenomena both natural and man-made make appearances, and are equally striking. We happen to love the one of Mt. Fuji gushing steam.

Volcanic Chain - Andes Mountains, Chile

Mt. Fuji, Japan

Mine Sculpture in North England

Space Shuttle Endeavour atop a 747 - New Mexico, USA

Burning Man Festival in Nevada

A winner must be chosen, and if you venture over to DigitalGlobe's Facebook page, you can vote on your favorite with a Like! [DigitalGlobe via TwistedSifter]