Aerial view of the coast of Ningaloo, Australia
Australia's bright orange landscape meets the bright blue Indian Ocean in this aerial capture. (Photo: ©2014 Cnes/Spot Image, DigitalGlob/Google Earth View)

Google Earth recently celebrated its 10th birthday with the release of an epic new desktop-travel tool called Voyager. Whether you’re planning a trip or just want to escape for a moment, Voyager draws you in with its selection of the most beautiful landscapes — from above and all around.

Part of the Voyager experience is an extension called Earth View, which shows aerial perspectives of landscapes and waterscapes across the world – like abstract art for your walls or your desktop background. Other Voyager tools show captivating images and 360-degree immersions in practically every corner of the globe. Take a look at how the 360-degree exploration works by clicking and dragging around the photo below of Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park in Surat Thani, Thailand:

Sit back and enjoy the view with these gorgeous aerial views of our planet!

Aerial view of Zabol, Iran
The expansive landscape of Zabol, Iran, takes on a dreamy hue in this satellite image. (Photo: ©2014 Cnes/Spot Image, DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
Sattelite image of Wittenoom hills in Australia
The remote hills of Wittenoom, Australia, take on a strange pattern in this aerial view. (Photo: ©2014 DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
Aerial view of Sahara in Ouargla, Algeria
The Sahara Desert takes on an abstract pattern in Ouargla, Algeria. (Photo: ©2014 DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
Aerial photo of Caspian shore of Mangystau Region in Kazakhstan
Who would have thought this sea-green coast belonged to Kazakhstan? (Photo: ©2015 Cnes/Spot Image, DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
Aerival view of mountains in Lanzhou Shi, China
The crinkled landscape of Lanzhou Shi, China is punctuated by smudges of green in this aerial photo of the mountains. (Photo: ©2015 DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
Aerial view of Grootschermer, Netherlands
The green landscape of Grootschermer, Netherlands, has never seemed so bright! (Photo: ©2015 Aerodata International Surveys, DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
Aerival view of river in Argentina
Bright turquoise water curves through the gray-brown landscape of the Corpen Aike Department in Argentina. (Photo: ©2014 CNES / Astrium, DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
Aerial view of Bolivia's salt flats
A verdant landscape blends into the salt flats in Daniel Campos, Bolivia. (Photo: ©2014 DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
River through Russian landscape
A swirling river runs through the Russian landscape of the Chaunsky District. (Photo: ©2014 DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
Aerial view of patterns of the desert in Boutilimit, Mauritania
A fascinating look at the patterns of the desert in Boutilimit, Mauritania. (Photo: ©2015 Cnes/Spot Image, DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
Aerial view of Coral Harbour
Coral Harbour reaches its sandy coast into the Hudson Bay on Canada's Southampton Island. (Photo: ©2014 DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
Aerial view of blue and yellow speckled Somalian landscape
Bulo-Burte, Somalia, looks otherworldly in this aerial view. (Photo: ©2015 DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
An aerial view of the shallow waters in the Bolivar Peninsula of Texas
An aerial view of the shallow waters in the Bolivar Peninsula of Texas. (Photo: ©2014 DigitalGlobe, USGS/Google Earth View)
Ocean off the coast of New Caledonia
The deep blue ocean meets a yellow-green coastline in this colorful aerial view of the commune of Bouloupari in New Caledonia. (Photo: ©2014 CNES / Astrium, DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)
A satellite view of dark, remote parts of Antarctica
A satellite view of dark, remote parts of Antarctica. (Photo: © 2014 DigitalGlobe/Google Earth View)

Google Earth continues to be a valuable tool in visualizing the effects of natural disasters and climate change on Earth’s surface.

“It has the potential to make the planet a far more connected place, if you take the time to explore, discover and share what you learn,” wrote Google Earth engineering manager Sean Askay on his blog post announcing the anniversary.

Here's to 10 more years of putting things in perspective for Google users around the world!

Anna Norris is an associate editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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