Earth’s Brain from Hector Garrido

February 7th, 2013 | Brain, Space

Earth's Brain - Hector Garrido

El árbol de agua (The Water Tree)

Animal durmiente

Animal durmiente (Animal Sleeping)



Bifurcaciones (Bifurcations)

Caminos de agua

Caminos de agua (Water Ways)

Cementerio fractal

Cementerio fractal (Fractal Cemetery)

El laberinto del Minotauro

El laberinto del Minotauro (The Minotaur’s Labyrinth)

Huellas de gigante

Huellas de gigante (Giant Footprints)

Isla arbolada

Isla arbolada (Wooded Island)

Río doble

Río doble (Twin River)


Sopetón (Abruptly)

“Our world should be called Water not Earth” – Hector Garrido

As we continue our exploration for water on Mars, I thought it would be nice to share Spanish photographer Hector Garrido’s aerial photographs of the effects of water on Earth.  Most planetary scientists make the claim that liquid water is a necessary component for the creation of life as we know it.  The biochemical reactions that sustain life need a fluid to work, so even ice and water vapor won’t do the trick. In a liquid, molecules can dissolve and necessary chemical reactions can occur.  It is for this reason that NASA searches the vastness of space for evidence of liquid water.

And in regards to these images, Hector Garrido has done an exceptional job capturing the beauty from above.  Oscar Wilde famously wrote “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” The carved out soil from these photographs looks eerily similar to the sulci and gyri of the human brain.  It’s fascinating to see biological patterns mirrored at different levels of life.

For more from Hector Garrido, check out his website.


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