The World’s Natural ‘ABC’ alphabet

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Every so often we notice completely natural objects which look as if they were sculptured or drawn by man, such as the Troll in Icaria or Dead Man in Ireland (left and right respectively).


The World’s Natural ‘ABC’ alphabet

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Since 2012, Adam Volland has been using imagery from NASA (and photographs taken by astronauts) to find the world’s natural alphabet. The project has found letters occurring completely naturally in the form of islands, mountain ranges and even dust clouds! In a recent article, the mastermind behind the project stated that he first came across the letter ‘V’ shaped out of a smoke bloom over Canada and curiosity got the better of him, as he had to find the rest!

He continued to state that letters such as ‘O’ and ‘C’ were simple to find but ‘A’ and ‘R’ were ‘maddening’. After three years of searching NASA’s archives, he finally completed the set!

The complete list of characters can be found on NASA’s website but just for fun, we decided to make the word ‘Geocento’ using his impressive alphabet.



The World’s Natural ‘ABC’ alphabet

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The ‘G’ is a picture of the Pinaki Island which was captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in April 2001.
The ‘E’ was taken by the MODIS satellite and captures a swirling phytoplankton bloom near New Zealand.
The ‘O’ was imaged by the ASTER satellite, and is a Tenoumer meteorite crater in Mauritania which struck earth between 10000 and 30000 years ago!
The ‘C’ is an artificial island on Bahrain Island, taken by astronauts in January 2011.
The ‘N’ was obtained by the MODIS satellite once again, and shows ship emissions as they pass over the Pacific Ocean.
Finally, the ‘T’ was imaged by Landsat-8 and shows urban development along two roads in the UAE.

The whole alphabet is rather impressive, which has prompted people to scan the imagery themselves to look for better images! My personal favourite is the ‘M’ perfectly showing how the glacial ice is split between three valleys before joining together in northern Kyrgyzstan.



The World’s Natural ‘ABC’ alphabet

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