July 30, 2013 3:53 pm
Updated: July 30, 2013 4:42 pm

Watch Earth ‘breathe’

This animation depicts one year of seasons on Earth. (John Nelson/IDV Solutions)

(John Nelson/IDV Solutions)

TORONTO – Like breaths being inhaled and exhaled, Earth’s ice spreads and recedes with the pass of the seasons.

John Nelson, of IDV Solutions, created the animation that shows changes on Earth’s surface over the course of one year. Nelson has produced other incredible images using historical data.

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“Having spent much of my life living near the center of that mitten-shaped peninsula in North America, I have had a consistent seasonal metronome through which I track the years of my life,” said Nelson on his blog. “When I stitch together what can be an impersonal snapshot of an entire planet, all of [a] sudden I see a thing with a heartbeat… But, overall, to me it looks like breathing.”

Nelson used 12 cloud-free satellite images provided by NASA Visible Earth.

Click here to see the high-resolution animation.

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