Our quest to turn the world’s natural resources into energy for our homes, our economies, and our commutes has left indelible marks on the landscape. Some of it is profoundly beautiful, some quite bleak. Nearly all of it is fascinating. From massive solar arrays in the desert to the innards of a hydrodam to the arabesque tire tracks left in coal ash outside a power plant, our planet is a mosaic of industrial striving. Photographer Spencer Lowell offers us a tour of our engines of energy, with new vantages on their epic scale.
This article was originally published in the May/June 2016 issue of Popular Science, under the title “Energy Fields.”