Huelva, Spain 37.400902,-6.801896

In Earth Patterns, designer Lauren Manning acts as a kind of curator, scouring thousands of miles of Google Earth's satellite images for the most striking examples of nature’s patterns.

Huelva, Spain 37.243448, -7.283292

“When I first got my iPad, I realized I had no idea what to actually use it for,” Manning writes in her artist statement.

Guayaquil, Ecuador -2.348379,-79.867913

“I watched some Netflix, played Draw Something (but it felt like cheating on a big screen) and then discovered that Google Maps looked really cool on a retina display.”

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She became an expert screengrabber, proving that as an artist, Google Earth puts the abstract expressionists to shame.

Sequin farms Al Jawf, Saudia Arabia, 30.382210,38.519508

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Texas Gulf Potash Pond, Monticello, Utah 38.474758,-109.681363

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Ashoro-Gun, Hokkaido, Japan 43.389113,144.015741

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Iran 30.524935,48.241890

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

52% Al Jawf, Saudi Arabia 30.257029,38.315665

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Austbo, Norway 65.843361,12.209230

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Bering Sea, United States 65.827814,-169.006312

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Iran 30.565301,48.250238

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Añelo, Neuquén, Argentina -38.358888,-68.803983

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Province of Kamchatka, Russia 51.781578,157.631233

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Kau Nature Reserve Conservation Reserve, Wittenoom Hills WA, Australia -33.459802,122.270408

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Kau Nature Reserve Conservation Reserve, Wittenoom Hills WA, Australia -33.459802,122.270408

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Portimão, Portugal 37.146293,-8.529732

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Huelva, Spain 37.215753,-7.381525

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Huelva, Spain 37.400902,-6.801896

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Central Borneo, Indonesia, -2.085011,114.626198

Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA.

Co.Design

Google Earth Screenshots Reveal Our Planet's Beautiful, Pattern-Like Designs

An artist virtually flies the globe via Google Earth, capturing its most eye-popping aerial views along the way.

If you’ve never spend time virtually globetrotting on Google Earth, make it your next procrastination outlet—it’s usually a lot more awe-inspiring than Facebook. But for those of us who don’t have time for digital travels, there’s Earth Patterns, in which designer Lauren Manning acts as a kind of curator, scouring thousands of miles of Google Earth's satellite images for the most striking examples of nature’s patterns.

“When I first got my iPad, I realized I had no idea what to actually use it for,” Manning writes in her artist statement. “I watched some Netflix, played Draw Something (but it felt like cheating on a big screen) and then discovered that Google Maps looked really cool on a retina display.” She became an expert screengrabber, proving that as an artist, Google Earth puts the abstract expressionists to shame. Whether it's the aptly-named sequin farms of Saudi Arabia, boats speckling a Spanish harbor like aquatic constellations, or squiggly networks of rivers in Northern Russia, these images plumb the aesthetic potential of a technology first developed for the CIA. Marvel away!

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