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IMAGES OF THE DAY: The Stunning Fractal Patterns Of Earth From Above
September 9, 2012
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Do you ever feel like there's some kind of grand pattern to the world that you can't quite see? Well, maybe these images will help.

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They look like they might have been created by a computer program, but all these images are actually shots of our planet from above. They were gathered from Google Earth by Paul Bourke, a Research Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia.

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Professor Bourke is a big fan of fractals - infinitely complex patterns that are a big deal in the math world. He says these images are "fractals patterns found while exploring the planet with Google Earth."

This is just a small taste of the many images he's gathered on his site, so go there to check them all out. Professor Bourke has arranged them by country. Here's his entry for Canada:

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And here are some more shots of the complicated patterns that cover some parts of our planet.

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