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Inverted Earth / Day and Night by Mygrapefruit Inverted Earth / Day and Night by Mygrapefruit
Where would you want to live?

Individual High res can be found here: [link] [2000x1189 px]

Photoshop CS 5

Satellite photos from NASA and Google Earth.
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To take something that is already beautiful, and then add your own personal touch to make it even more breathtaking is very close to impossible.

But what you have done here isn't just that. What you have done is taken what exists and made it yours. Imagination and possible realism existing side by side.

Great use of the source materials, and with an excellent experimental knowledge of PS CS5, you have allowed us to cross boundaries with your simple, yet layered artwork of your controlled imagination. If there is ever another creation cycle, I wouldn't be worried, God has you in his corner. And just maybe you were there when He created Earth the first time.
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I love this idea, and the time and energy invested in this is undeniable.
The amount of detail in the land masses is amazing, with use of ocean ridges as mountains, and the idea of the Pacific becoming a vast desert are all really awesome ideas. The mountain ridges and frosted areas look realistic and believable.

But there are some areas that I have some concerns over. The ocean areas don't appear to have as much care put into them, they seem kind of last minute to me. That, and the lack of frozen oceans at the poles seems to snap me out of my suspension of disbelief; as well as the lack of an Antarctic Ocean.

The second half, the night-time map is a really interesting piece of work, and show careful study of real-world maps and mastery of replicating such looks, while creating his/her own work.
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Rajalyoko23 Mar 20, 2014  Student General Artist
>wants to do it's political map
Really cool! :D
Deltamatrix Jun 24, 2013  Student General Artist
The Gulf of Mexico.
DeinonychusEmpire Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd totally live on Lake Supe-... Superior Island? The biggest of the Great La-... Islands, since I actually live by Lake Superior IRL.
Your North pole is accurate, but Antarctica is a chain of hundreds of large & small land masses. I saw your art on IO9. It's beautiful.
Wayne. Winnipeg.
Is there a globe map? Please? Please?
I think right south of the Atlantic Mountains, between the Cuban and the Haitian Lakes.....I want to live there! :)
I think a city between the Cuban and Haitian Lakes south of the Atlantic mountains would have the greatest scenery :)
babbletrish Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful! Great concept and execution!
This map may be mildly amusing to normal people, and it’s kind of fun, but…to the geoscientist, it’s a nightmare!

How would the climate of the earth be changed if instead of 70% of the globe being a heat sink, only 30% was water? What would currents in these mini-oceans be like: could there be a mini-Gulf stream in the Greenland Ocean that could warm the lands around it? Without El Nino or La Nina, would we be worse off or better off – fish, after all, should do well with the El Nino not reducing upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich waters, and the birds that eat them, and the bird poop that creates fertilizers for the natural world as well as agriculture. The climate would be more “stable” – but does an even, non-fluctuating climate mean better?

And plate tectonics, oh my! The world reversed looks like a planet approaching tectonic extinction. Fewer oceanic areas means less oceanic lithosphere forming, meaning fewer functioning hot spots, meaning less heat coming from the mantle and core of the earth, meaning the earth is cooling, meaning that the entire planetary system might be shutting down, meaning we’ll lose our magnetic field and be ionized to death by deadly radiation from space… What happens when this happens? Well, it did happen to a very fine planet that apparently once had water and an atmosphere: Mars.

So, what looks like just a rather funny “see what the world would look like if reversed” image is nothing I want to think about at 3AM. It does, however, provide a really great starting point for a discussion on the basic concepts of planetary geology and climatology. What would you expect to happen in such a reversal? This map should be on the final exam for first year students with the question: explain the plate tectonics and climate of this planet. And see what they come up with.
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