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I am sure that sometimes you wish that you could teleport anywhere and see everything or maybe you remember the days when you were a little kid who dreamed of being a superhero. Nowadays, the most powerful things in life are not these animated and fantastic characters, nor human beings, but technology. Just think about it: we managed to send a man on the Moon, we succeeded in cloning a sheep and the list can go on. If you don’t believe me when I tell you that technology is almost like pure magic, just wait.

1. Delta Oasis in Southeastern Kazakhstan 

The Delta in Southeastern Kazakhstan was just starting to get rid of the cold of winter, revealing a large and spectacular imagine, like a jigsaw puzzle of ponds, reeds and meadows. Even though many of the Delta’s lakes were frozen at that time, the ice on Lake Balkhash was breaking up, revealing swirls of sediment and a beautiful sandy bed.

The Ili River Delta is home for hundreds of animal and plant species, including dozens that are endangered and also rare species, such as goitered gazelle, marbled polecat, dalmatian pelican and red-breasted goose.

2. Pennsylvania Hills

This region of valleys and hills is part of a geologic formation called Valley and Ridge Province or Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians and it is extended from New York to Alabama.

One of the most beautiful things about Autumn is the amazing chromatic color palette, such as the brown and green nuances. It is a gorgeous, almost painting like landscape, whether you’re watching it from an airplane, the ground or the mountains.

3. Lake Natron

Lake Natron is located in Africa’s Great Rift Valley and it is the world’s most caustic water: it can even stripe away human skin.  Although it’s one of the most dangerous waters, there are species of animals that love it. For example, the alkaline tilapia, which is an endemic species of fish, lives in the Natron’s waters and the lake takes its color from the microorganisms that thrive in it. For instance, cyanobacteria, a blue-green alga that has red pigments, passes its color along to the Lesser Flamingoes that feed on the algae.

4. Jason and the phytoplankton

The swirls of deep blue water indicate the existence of phytoplankton (plant-like organisms that are microscopic and use chlorophyll to develop sunlight for energy) around the western Jason Islands, which is an archipelago of West Falkland Island.

Phytoplankton are also important because they serve as primary food for marine animals, such as fish and zooplankton. In addition to that, they are one of the most significant producers of the oxygen that makes Terra a livable planet.

Phytoplankton use to get piled up along the edges of currents and they make some of these dynamic ocean patterns noticeable.

5. The Ice in the Sannikov Strait

These New Siberian Islands stretch 30,000 square kilometers and are bisected by the Sannikov Strait. The Strait connects the Laptev Sea in the West with the East Siberian Sea in the East.

Mostly, the Sannikov Strait is filled with ice when the Summer melting season is underway. The different colors that the ice has in these moments image the diversity in the ice thickness.

At the end of the day, with superheroes or not, we have to agree that the power of technology is endless. Maybe one day we, humans, will be able to see everything the way we want to, but until then, we can see the breathtaking world around us through the “eyes” of a satellite.

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