Aerial Photos

Daniel Beltrá

A Grim Photographic Tribute to the BP Oil Disaster

A look at one of humanity's worst oil calamities from one of its most renowned documentarians.

Clement Valla

Maps Never Meant for Human Eyes

This is what a 3D map looks like when compressed into 2D form, as only computers can read it.

Behold, the Largest Land Art in the United Kingdom

Hey, is that field staring at me?

The Incredible History of San Francisco's Coast, as Seen From the Air

Blood-colored evaporation ponds, smoldering toxic-waste dumps, a rusting fleet of military ghost ships – the Bay Area has it all.

Graphics by Arnorian/Photo by Dennis Dimick on Flickr

Transit Map of the Day: See the NYC Subway System From Above

Behold an aerial view of the complex and far-reaching NYC subway system.

NWS Gaylord

This Huge Land Stain Near Calgary Was Made by Hail

A ferocious storm this weekend left a trail of hail 75 miles long in Alberta.

Peep at These Fantastic Vintage City Panoramas

You won't find better old cityscapes than the ones in this Library of Congress collection.

Google Crisis Map

This Is What the Scar From a Tornado Looks Like Through a Suburban Town

Aerial images of destruction on a stunning scale.

Google Earth

Mapping Urban Agriculture From the Sky

Google Earth could help quantify urban gardens much better than advocates on the ground.

UConn MAGIC

Pre-Sprawl Aerial Images: 'The Next Best Thing to a Time Machine'

Compare every corner of Connecticut, from 1934 to today.