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Wanna See the Earth Breathe for Real? Watch This Stunning GIF


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JL
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Images laced together from NASA's Visible Earth show the cycling seasons of our planet reduced to just a few seconds of ceaseless movement.



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JL A. (272)
Friday August 16, 2013, 12:26 pm

Wanna See the Earth Breathe for Real? Watch This Stunning GIF

Images laced together from NASA’s Visible Earth show the cycling seasons of our planet reduced to just a few seconds of ceaseless movement.
August 14, 2013
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(Photo: John Nelson/NASA)

You can almost hear it sigh. Our third rock from the sun inhaling the solid ice of winter and exhaling in the heat of summer, as the world keeps turning and spinning.

John Nelson, a user-experience expert for the software firm IDV Solutions, posted this GIF, which laces together NASA's Visible Earth images. The GIF is made up of 12 NASA photographs, one taken each month in 2004.

The GIF reveals the dramatic way Earth freezes over each season, only to thaw into the infinite blue deep in the warmth of a summer sun.

Unfortunately, climate change has the power to skew the yin-yang balance. Unprecedented Arctic ice cap loss could tip the scale in favor of the great watery drink, to the detriment of human and fauna alike.
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (261)
Friday August 16, 2013, 2:22 pm
It was like watching someone breathe and it did look likes lungs. I was sighing in wonder of seeing/feeling Mother Earth come to life. Fantastic thank you JL A
 

JL A. (272)
Friday August 16, 2013, 2:27 pm
What a marvelous description Cynthia! You are welcome.You cannot currently send a star to Cynthia because you have done so within the last day.
 

Arielle S. (316)
Friday August 16, 2013, 2:45 pm
Mother Earth is indeed alive - how awesome to see this....
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Friday August 16, 2013, 3:39 pm
She is a living Being, our Earth, our Mother. That so few realize that has gotten us to a terrible place. There was a time when all people understood that, but when man chose to think himself above all others, treated his Mother as a thing to be exploited and said how much he was civilized is when we started to run into the problems we have before us.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday August 16, 2013, 3:55 pm

Without the ice caps we lose the albedo effect, or how the earth sends heat back to the atmosphere rather than absorbing. Try and imagine that image of earth with no ice, or no way to exhale. That is where we are heading, what better warning than the simple act of taking a breath.

Thanks J L - excellent imaging.
 

JL A. (272)
Friday August 16, 2013, 4:02 pm
You are welcome Kit.
You cannot currently send a star to Dandelion or Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

GGmaSheila D. (132)
Friday August 16, 2013, 4:54 pm
What a wonderful, and amazing, sight. Noted and thank you so much for this.
 

JL A. (272)
Friday August 16, 2013, 5:01 pm
You are very welcome GGma. You cannot currently send a star to GGma Sheila because you have done so within the last day.
 

Terry V. (30)
Friday August 16, 2013, 5:02 pm


Could Just One Degree Change the World
 

JL A. (272)
Friday August 16, 2013, 5:06 pm
Thanks for posting the informative short video link that explains what Kit discussed in her comment Terry.
 

Lisa Zilli (17)
Friday August 16, 2013, 8:50 pm
That's hypnotic. I just kept staring at it.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 3:06 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Veerle D. (78)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 3:07 am
nice!
 

JL A. (272)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 6:04 pm
You are welcome Kerrie.
 
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