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By M Ferguson | Commander Chris Hadfield inspired me with his photos from the International Space Station. I am so thrilled that succeeding missions to the ISS have kept up this document of Earth's beauty. These are perfect examples of abstract natural art, collected by the citizen scientists of the ISS.

More lakes, this time glacial lakes in Northern #Italy. Recognize any? / Li riconoscete? http://t.co/LdXUexQzuX

A view from #SouthKorea to the island of Jeju with the dormant volcano Hallasan. A #WorldHeritage site! http://t.co/12NwAJC4LN

It sure catches your attention when nature draws 90 degrees angles... http://t.co/WQnKfo8wUw

Hallo #Turkey! A beautiful pass over the Western part of the country. http://t.co/3R6EHk3OUF

Hello #Venezuela! A gorgeous show of elements on the coastline on this pass last February http://t.co/fbm0nWtJq2

Hello #Cyprus! And the coastline of #Turkey and #Syria on the easternmost Mediterranean shores. http://t.co/uS2T2tCa1d

Hello #Bolivia! Near Lake Titicaca the city of Tiwanaku, capital of a power pre-Hispanic empire & #WorldHeritage site http://t.co/VL673hnWzk

Dead Sea: the lowest area of land on Earth. And where I came closest to floating before being weightless! http://t.co/x26bRNhCPi

(IT) Volare sopra il deserto Algerino è sempre un piacere per gli occhi! http://t.co/2rNDeIQjkI

Shades of green. And some very unique patterns of the land as well! #Brasil #HelloEarth http://t.co/Yd4OyMxrVL

Who needs bread crumbs when you can have a trail of atolls? #HelloEarth http://t.co/TymuM3xlI8

This image almost gives an impression of movement, don't you think? #HelloEarth http://t.co/8wI34hrUbX

Calexico and Mexicali on the border between #Mexico and the #US. Pretty different agricultural landscapes! http://t.co/xY6lrWwZOv

The beautiful Lake Skadar, shared between #Albania and #Montenegro. #HelloEarth http://t.co/pJRj7gzGuR

The sunglint turns water into silver. #HelloEarth / (IT) L'acqua diventa argento grazie al riflesso del Sole... http://t.co/DRmfeX07gR

So much history, so many epic stories: the Aegean Sea / (IT) Così tanta storia e tante epiche avventure: il Mar Egeo. http://t.co/FwKSR00gkv

Some #ColorsOfTheEarth to start the week! / (IT) Un po' di colori del nostro pianeta per iniziare la settimana! http://t.co/Mj0arzSgkH

Or these... other side of the planet, very different landscape, same cheerful irrigation circles! #HelloEarth http://t.co/RsaK8dz6mb

A pass over the Caribbean is always worth a peak out the window! #HelloEarth http://t.co/yedHo9Y4WR

When the sunlight hits at the right angle, the water surface comes alive. #HelloEarth http://t.co/wC2tjLgJeP

Hagia Sophia, Süleymaniye Mosque & many more masterpieces make historic areas of Istanbul #WorldHeritage site #Turkey http://t.co/QTSZ1syY9g

Beautiful passes over the #PacificRimOfFire these days... volcanoes look tiny, but only the tips emerge. #HelloEarth http://t.co/LHUunpfMXe

So many patterns and shapes drawn on our planet. #ColorsOfTheEarth http://t.co/RkHnnjUs4j

Hello #Iran! The city of Shiraz and nearby Bakhtegan salt lake and Bamou National Park. http://t.co/xx99vPXRMh

Hallo #Chile! Look at those snow-capped volcano tops "casually dropped" to contour the Salar of Atacama. #HelloEarth http://t.co/YWHu0ezNGj

Wind at work on planet Earth. / Il vento all'opera sul pianeta Terra. #HelloEarth http://t.co/mloElWHSnn

Fascinating stripes of clouds./ Affascinanti strisce di nuvole. #HelloEarth http://t.co/D70AEK8GtU

Nature's elements at work : Lake Superior a few weeks ago. #HelloEarth http://t.co/kfTyMJ21Y6

Hello Denmark from space! / (IT) Ciao Danimarca, un saluto dallo spazio! #HelloEarth http://t.co/amSZjj43Fz