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Zivilisation von oben

So krass prägen wir Menschen den Planeten, auf dem wir leben

Tondo, Manilla. Bild: CATERSNEWS



In dieser unglaublichen Bilderserie sieht man Zivilisation, wie sie sonst nur Astronauten zu Gesicht bekommen. Der Künstler Benjamin Grant sucht via Google Earth die eindrücklichsten Beispiele dafür, wie der Mensch seine Welt nach seinem Gutdünken umformt. Was nach einem Vulkan aussieht, entpuppt sich da als Tagebau; was wie beschneite Berge rüberkommt, sind in Wahrheit Terrassen-Reisfelder; eine vermeintliche Excel-Tabelle ist ein Flüchtlingslager.

Das Ausmass des menschlichen Eingriffs in die Natur ist oftmals beunruhigend. Die Bilder indes sind stets faszinierend:

***MANDATORY BYLINE*** PIC FROM BENJAMIN GRANT / DIGITAL GLOBE / CATERS NEWS AGENCY - (PICTURED: TAGEBAU HAMBACH SURFACE MINING, GERMANY.) - An incredible series of pictures shot by satellite show the man-made world as astronauts see it. Artist Benjamin Grant uses Google Earth to find the most compelling satellite images of human civilisation. The stunning pictures of sprawling metropolises and vast reservoirs are sometimes unidentifiable until zoomed in. The streets of Tokyos industrial district look like computer memory board until a magnifying glass on the picture exposes the individual buildings. And most strikingly, Benjamin captures the deforestation in the Amazon and large brown expanses in China which, despite at first appearing to be natural volcanic rock formations, are in fact rice growing terraces. In order to find an extraordinary picture in the practically endless supply of satellite data, Benjamin focuses on the themes of current events or environmental issues. SEE CATERS COPY.  (FOTO: DUKAS/CATERSNEWS) *** Local Caption *** ***MANDATORY BYLINE*** PIC FROM BENJAMIN GRANT / DIGITAL GLOBE / CATERS NEWS AGENCY - (PICTURED: TAGEBAU HAMBACH SURFACE MINING, GERMANY.) - An incredible series of pictures shot by satellite show the man-made world as astronauts see it. Artist Benjamin Gr

Bild: CATERSNEWS

Wunderschön, nicht? Fragt sich nur, was und wo das ist. Sehen wir mal genauer hin:

***MANDATORY BYLINE*** PIC FROM BENJAMIN GRANT / DIGITAL GLOBE / CATERS NEWS AGENCY - (PICTURED: TAGEBAU HAMBACH SURFACE MINING, GERMANY.) - An incredible series of pictures shot by satellite show the man-made world as astronauts see it. Artist Benjamin Grant uses Google Earth to find the most compelling satellite images of human civilisation. The stunning pictures of sprawling metropolises and vast reservoirs are sometimes unidentifiable until zoomed in. The streets of Tokyos industrial district look like computer memory board until a magnifying glass on the picture exposes the individual buildings. And most strikingly, Benjamin captures the deforestation in the Amazon and large brown expanses in China which, despite at first appearing to be natural volcanic rock formations, are in fact rice growing terraces. In order to find an extraordinary picture in the practically endless supply of satellite data, Benjamin focuses on the themes of current events or environmental issues. SEE CATERS COPY.  (FOTO: DUKAS/CATERSNEWS) *** Local Caption *** ***MANDATORY BYLINE*** PIC FROM BENJAMIN GRANT / DIGITAL GLOBE / CATERS NEWS AGENCY - (PICTURED: TAGEBAU HAMBACH SURFACE MINING, GERMANY.) - An incredible series of pictures shot by satellite show the man-made world as astronauts see it. Artist Benjamin Gr

Bild: CATERSNEWS

Es handelt sich hier um den Braunkohle-Tagebau Hambach in Deutschland. Auf Bodenniveau sieht das noch prosaischer aus:

Zurück zu den Satelliten! Los geht's!

***MANDATORY BYLINE*** PIC FROM BENJAMIN GRANT / DIGITAL GLOBE / CATERS NEWS AGENCY - (PICTURED: DALLAS FORT-WORTH AIRPORT.) - An incredible series of pictures shot by satellite show the man-made world as astronauts see it. Artist Benjamin Grant uses Google Earth to find the most compelling satellite images of human civilisation. The stunning pictures of sprawling metropolises and vast reservoirs are sometimes unidentifiable until zoomed in. The streets of Tokyos industrial district look like computer memory board until a magnifying glass on the picture exposes the individual buildings. And most strikingly, Benjamin captures the deforestation in the Amazon and large brown expanses in China which, despite at first appearing to be natural volcanic rock formations, are in fact rice growing terraces. In order to find an extraordinary picture in the practically endless supply of satellite data, Benjamin focuses on the themes of current events or environmental issues. SEE CATERS COPY.  (FOTO: DUKAS/CATERSNEWS) *** Local Caption *** ***MANDATORY BYLINE*** PIC FROM BENJAMIN GRANT / DIGITAL GLOBE / CATERS NEWS AGENCY - (PICTURED: DALLAS FORT-WORTH AIRPORT.) - An incredible series of pictures shot by satellite show the man-made world as astronauts see it. Artist Benjamin Grant uses Googl

Flughafen Dallas Fort-Worth. Bild: CATERSNEWS

Boca Raton, Florida. Bild: CATERSNEWS

***MANDATORY BYLINE*** PIC FROM BENJAMIN GRANT / DIGITAL GLOBE / CATERS NEWS AGENCY - (PICTURED: STEVIO PASS, ITALY.) - An incredible series of pictures shot by satellite show the man-made world as astronauts see it. Artist Benjamin Grant uses Google Earth to find the most compelling satellite images of human civilisation. The stunning pictures of sprawling metropolises and vast reservoirs are sometimes unidentifiable until zoomed in. The streets of Tokyos industrial district look like computer memory board until a magnifying glass on the picture exposes the individual buildings. And most strikingly, Benjamin captures the deforestation in the Amazon and large brown expanses in China which, despite at first appearing to be natural volcanic rock formations, are in fact rice growing terraces. In order to find an extraordinary picture in the practically endless supply of satellite data, Benjamin focuses on the themes of current events or environmental issues. SEE CATERS COPY.  (FOTO: DUKAS/CATERSNEWS) *** Local Caption *** ***MANDATORY BYLINE*** PIC FROM BENJAMIN GRANT / DIGITAL GLOBE / CATERS NEWS AGENCY - (PICTURED: STEVIO PASS, ITALY.) - An incredible series of pictures shot by satellite show the man-made world as astronauts see it. Artist Benjamin Grant uses Google Earth

Passo dello Stelvio, Italien. Bild: CATERSNEWS

Port Newark-Elizabeth-Frachtterminal, New Jersey.  Bild: CATERSNEWS

***MANDATORY BYLINE*** PIC FROM BENJAMIN GRANT / DIGITAL GLOBE / CATERS NEWS AGENCY - (PICTURED: MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE AND PLANE GRAVE YARD, ARIZONA.) - An incredible series of pictures shot by satellite show the man-made world as astronauts see it. Artist Benjamin Grant uses Google Earth to find the most compelling satellite images of human civilisation. The stunning pictures of sprawling metropolises and vast reservoirs are sometimes unidentifiable until zoomed in. The streets of Tokyos industrial district look like computer memory board until a magnifying glass on the picture exposes the individual buildings. And most strikingly, Benjamin captures the deforestation in the Amazon and large brown expanses in China which, despite at first appearing to be natural volcanic rock formations, are in fact rice growing terraces. In order to find an extraordinary picture in the practically endless supply of satellite data, Benjamin focuses on the themes of current events or environmental issues. SEE CATERS COPY.  (FOTO: DUKAS/CATERSNEWS) *** Local Caption *** ***MANDATORY BYLINE*** PIC FROM BENJAMIN GRANT / DIGITAL GLOBE / CATERS NEWS AGENCY - (PICTURED: MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE AND PLANE GRAVE YARD, ARIZONA.) - An incredible series of pictures shot by satellite show the man-made world as astronauts see it. Artis

Davis-Monthan Flugzeug-Friedhof, Arizona. Bild: CATERSNEWS

Weitere Bilder: Die Welt von oben

***MANDATORY BYLINE*** PIC FROM BENJAMIN GRANT / DIGITAL GLOBE / CATERS NEWS AGENCY - (PICTURED: MOUNT WHALE BACK IRON ORE MINE, PILBARA, AUSTRAILIA.) - An incredible series of pictures shot by satellite show the man-made world as astronauts see it. Artist Benjamin Grant uses Google Earth to find the most compelling satellite images of human civilisation. The stunning pictures of sprawling metropolises and vast reservoirs are sometimes unidentifiable until zoomed in. The streets of Tokyos industrial district look like computer memory board until a magnifying glass on the picture exposes the individual buildings. And most strikingly, Benjamin captures the deforestation in the Amazon and large brown expanses in China which, despite at first appearing to be natural volcanic rock formations, are in fact rice growing terraces. In order to find an extraordinary picture in the practically endless supply of satellite data, Benjamin focuses on the themes of current events or environmental issues. SEE CATERS COPY.  (FOTO: DUKAS/CATERSNEWS) *** Local Caption *** ***MANDATORY BYLINE*** PIC FROM BENJAMIN GRANT / DIGITAL GLOBE / CATERS NEWS AGENCY - (PICTURED: MOUNT WHALE BACK IRON ORE MINE, PILBARA, AUSTRAILIA.) - An incredible series of pictures shot by satellite show the man-made world as astronauts see it. Artist

Mount Whaleback Eisenerz-Bergwerk, Australien. Bild: CATERSNEWS

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