By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

21 Photographs That Will Change The Way You See The World.

Have you ever heard of the Overview Effect? It's a term that refers to the vantage point that astronauts have when looking down at the earth from above. It's a view that only few can have in their lifetime, and it is said that seeing the earth from this perspective emphasizes both its power and its finiteness.

The Daily Overview, a photo project, was inspired by that idea, and wanted to put together a collection of images that would give viewers a chance to see the world in rare form. Here's what they had to say on their website:

From our line of sight on the earth's surface, it’s impossible to fully appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, the sheer complexity of the systems we’ve developed, or the devastating impact that we’ve had on our planet. We believe that beholding these forces as they shape our Earth is necessary to make progress in understanding who we are as a species, and what is needed to sustain a safe and healthy planet.

The fruits of their effort are both mesmerizing and discomfiting, and seem to recognize the fact that our world is not only beautiful, but in some regards, on its way to being destroyed. Check out the images below.

Turbine Interchange – Florida, USA

This type of roadway, also known as a whirlpool interchange, is rarely built. Though it looks like a fun ride, this type of junction requires that a huge amount of land be leveled and destroyed.

Dubai Interchange – United Arab Emirates

This whirlpool interchange connects three major roads by the Miracle Garden in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Stelvio Pass – Italy

The Stelvio Pass is the highest road in the Eastern Alps, and consists of 75 hairpin turns. The road is only accessible during the summer.

Magdeburg Water Bridge – Germany

The Magdeburg Water Bridge connects two canals between the Rhineland and Berlin. It required 24,000 tons of steel and 68,000 cubic meters of concrete to build.

Ships in Singapore

Cargo ships and oil tankers wait here to enter the Port of Singapore. This port ships a fifth of the world’s cargo containers and half of the world’s supply of oil.

Norfolk Coal Train Depot – Virginia, USA

This area is called Lamberts Point Pier 6. It is used as a coal-loading station, and serves as a temporary depot for over 23,000 coal cars.

Port of Rotterdam – The Netherlands

This is the largest port in Europe, occupying a space of about 105 square kilometers.

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