John Nelson at IDV Solutions created a couple of wonderful animated gifs that demonstrate the cycle of ice and vegetation on Earth.  Using data from NASA’s Visible Earth team, he downloaded 12 cloud-free satellite image mosaics for each month of the year, wrapped them into some projections, and then stitched them together.

The results – a pulsing and breathing planet Earth – are both stunning and mesmerizing.

breathing earth animation


breathing earth artic view


Source: John Nelson at