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10 vivid maps that show Earth in a new light

By: Bryan Nelson on Dec. 5, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
The Earth

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Matter of perspective

Global maps have a remarkable ability to put things in perspective. Ever since the Apollo 17 astronauts snapped the famous photo called "Blue Marble," our fragile place in the cosmos has been cast in a new light. Now with more sophisticated satellite imagery, we can view Earth from space in more enlightening ways that expand our understanding of the planet.

Here are 10 vivid maps by NASA that might just change how you look at the world. (Text: Bryan Nelson)