These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

From the Lake District in England to the desert of Saudi Arabia, see familiar places as never before in these satellite images.

Misty white dissolves into streaks of grey. Turquoise weaves through a background of tan and black.

Modern art? Or a view of our planet like no other, taken from thousands of miles up.

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These beautiful, at times abstract, images are the work of Google Earth View, a collection of the most striking landscape photographs taken by Google Earth satellites (with a little colour enhancement).

Here are 17 of our favourites:

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

Nor Lípez, Bolivia (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

21m below sea level, Lake Baskunchak is a salt lake in Astrakhan Oblast, Russia (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

An Australian outback town, 600km from Adelaide, Andamooka is known for its opal mining (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

Mansel Island is an uninhabited island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and home to a reindeer reserve (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

The island nation of Kiribati is made up of 33 atolls and reef islands and one raised coral island (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

Olive groves in Estepa, Spain (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia has been inhabited since prehistoric times thanks to its natural oases and springs (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

Guerrero Negro in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Nearby is a lagoon that attracts migrating grey whales (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

Patterns in the desert at Boutilimit, Mauritania (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

South Bay on the Kaikoura Peninsula, New Zealand. Famed spot for whale watching (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

Home to the Lake District, Cumbria is one of England’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

The Andes, the world’s longest continental mountain range, in Argentina (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

Pico del Teide is a volcano on Tenerife. At 3,718m (12,198 ft) it is the highest point in Spain (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

Mahajanga, a popular tourist destination in Madagascar (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

Nukufetau atoll near Lafanga islet, Tuvalu (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

The village of Chaurikharka, Nepal lies near the town of Lukla, a popular stop for visitors heading to Everest (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

Lake Acraman is a deep crater in the Gawler Ranges of South Australia (Credit: Google Earth)

These aerial photos change familiar places into alien worlds

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