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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.

The fairy tale landscapes of #Patagonia... only other place I've seen that blue is the Himalayan lakes. #HelloEarth http://t.co/ve0MfMw7Yx

Hallo #Hawaii ! Fascinating geology. Have you heard of the hotspot theory? http://t.co/TaonC7eoBv

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#Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Where #Europe meets the Middle East. pic.twitter.com/bR4mfezUg1

Waters still quite frozen over off the coast of #Canada. Very pretty patterns! #HelloEarth http://t.co/xYlLpPsnGy

The Upper Peninsula of #Michigan showing off its beauty today! #HelloEarth http://t.co/4Lf25ikvDO

Flying over #Arizona today. What an unreal view! #HelloEarth http://t.co/P7jYLTH45e

I don’t think you could create these colors on a palate if you were trying to paint this scene. http://t.co/0UTB1qhOpF

Clouds are the fabric of our atmosphere. http://t.co/cEofmqPgGa

#NoPlaceLikeHome #EarthArt A spectrum of depths emblazon the hues of the #Bahamas. http://t.co/vGc7ZOvwG6

#EarthDay clouds and sun glint burst with shades of light. #NoPlaceLikeHome http://t.co/Llx7ubnY6M

#NoPlaceLikeHome #EarthArt. River holds firm against the advance of the sand dunes. http://t.co/CFv23YWN99

Clouds converge at transition points. These Namibian sand dunes are one of the most beautiful places on #EarthDay. http://t.co/OiTVXitNvx

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#EarthArt textures. This photograph looks like it could be thousands of miles away or microscopic. #NoPlaceLikeHome pic.twitter.com/slnFGGryby

Beautiful colors in the northern desert of #Africa. http://t.co/hLTSJzANtS

The Makgadikgadi salt pans in the Kalahari, #Botswana - what's left of an evaporated lake. Impressive! #HelloEarth http://t.co/MAeaw2blwH

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Hello Southern #California! Wonder how this picture would have looked different before the drought. #HelloEarth pic.twitter.com/YFnyuiVhxW

Good morning New Delhi! #India #HelloEarth / (IT) Buongiorno Nuova Delhi! http://t.co/xYJcGotftc

Sunglint over the Gulf of Taranto, #Italy / (IT) Il riflesso del Sole sul Golfo di Taranto. http://t.co/xGPvxrOyOA

#NewOrleans and the intriguing features of the Mississippi River Delta. #HelloEarth http://t.co/lEnj6kYC9u

Amazing view of Patagonia glaciers, lakes, and fjords on a clear fall day. http://t.co/ZW3D7pxtst

Ocean Clouds. Black and White. http://t.co/V9qB3sEMQw

Mount Etna still covered in snow a couple of days ago! #Italy L'Etna ancora innevato qualche giorno fa. http://t.co/SYaOq6Jw7c

Hello #India! In the Tamil Nadu state, 3 temples from the Chola Empire (11th & 12th century) are #WorldHeritage site. http://t.co/kWRob1xxQK

Australian outback- one of the “reddest” places on Earth. http://t.co/lpLTCGoVOX

You get a sense of the height from the length of the shadows, seen from space. http://t.co/LVcfM9SV5n

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#Namibia, in southwestern Africa, home to the tallest sand dunes on earth. pic.twitter.com/OMI7419JFR

Hello #Chad! Supplied by groundwater in a hyperarid desert region, the Lakes of Ounianga are a #WorldHeritage site. http://t.co/dIPRZq3m2w

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Take a close look at the desert near El Kharga, in #Egypt. Intriguing, isn't it? pic.twitter.com/oNQJrnGarY

Some more #ColorsOfTheEarth! http://t.co/txct9XuEqZ