Earth from Above

Google Earth today unveiled a new layer, called Earth from Above, featuring stunning images taken by the French nature photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

At left is one of those images, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland. Each image is accompanied by an interesting statistic: In this case, we learn that 90 percent of the homes in Iceland are heated by electricity produced from geothermal sources.

The photos are accessible from the Global Awareness folder in Google Earth.—Dawn Stover

Image: Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Earth