Views from space on the earth are fascinating. Even more interesting is zooming in to a level that you can clearly distinguish the details of the landscape. Of course nothing can beat the creations of nature but its also fantastic to see what the activity of men did to the looks of our planet. Contrary to most abstract and even figurative paintings, every line and form on these images has a history of hard labor, politics and tradesman ship. They are results of an ongoing struggle for survival. The maps might inspire to imagine what made this world to what it is today.