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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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Misty white dissolves into streaks of grey. Turquoise weaves through a background of tan and black. Modern art? Or a view of our planet like no other, taken from thousands of miles up.These beautiful, at times abstract, images are the work of Google Earth View, a collection of the most striking landscape photographs taken by Google Earth satellites with a little color enhancement.

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The adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image, or that an image of a subject conveys it's meaning/essence more effectively than a description does. It also aptly characterizes one of the main goals of visualization, namely making it possible to absorb large amounts of data quickly.

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Battle of Borodino France vs Russia 1812

The quote is sometimes attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte, who said "Un Bon Croquis Vaut Mieux Qu'un Long Discours," or "A good sketch is better than a long speech". While this is sometimes translated today as "A picture is worth a thousand words," this translation may not predate the phrase's common use in English.

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The world is full of beautiful beaches - there's no doubt about that. And while most of us will gladly settle for a white sand beach under a bright sun, here's a look at beaches around the world whose sands are the colors of the rainbow.See some of the world's most beautiful colorful sand beaches. Red, green, pink, purple and even black are some of the colors featured in this breathtaking display of nature serenity.

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For the first time in 42 years, Chile's Calbuco volcano has erupted into life, spewing tons of ash and lava. As the surrounding countryside is being evacuated, weather conditions have caused a spectacular lighting storm around the peak. The resulting photos are both terrifying and mesmerizing.

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Calceolaria Uniflora

 The flowers included in this article have two things in common:  They're beautiful, and they remind the human eye of something else entirely.