Distinct features are visible at night from space


San Diego-area at night from space. Image: NASA

Astronauts in the International Space Station snap photographs of Earth from a height of 220 miles above the ground. At night, distinct features appear.

In this photograph, west is on top, north is on the right. San Diego Bay is in the center of the photograph.

  • What natural features can you find? Why do you say that?
  • What human-made features can you find? Why do you say that?
  • Where can you find a human activity that is influenced by natural features?

What can we learn about the human impact on Earth from so far away?


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