Whether you’re an avid stamp collector or a person who appreciates aerial photography, you’ll want to check out this new collection of stamps. Called Earthscapes (Forever), the sheet of 15 stamps all provide an incredible bird’s-eye-view of earth. Snapped by both NASA’s satellites and photographers dangling from aircrafts, these photos show our world from high above – in heights ranging from hundreds of feet to several hundreds of miles. According to USPS, “The beautiful ‘earth art’ images were chosen to showcase designs or patterns and geographic diversity so viewers can see the world in a new way and contemplate a much bigger picture.”
Out of the 15, one standout is the "Volcanic Crater" stamp. Referred to as “Mount St. Helens’ Rebirth,” it was taken by NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite on August 22, 1999, which was about 20 years after Mt. St. Helens’ catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980.
NASA Goddard Photo and Video: “The crater is in the center of the image. Note the streaking from the crater (gray on the image). These are the remnants of pyroclastic flows (superheated avalanches of gas, ash and pieces of rock) that carved deep channels down the slopes and onto the relatively flat areas near the base of the mountain. The partially-filled Spirit Lake can be seen just to the northeast of the crater (blue-black on the image), and the where most of the energy was directed during the blast is the gray area immediately to the northwest of the crater. However, on other parts of the mountain, the rejuvenation process is obvious. Ash deposits have supplied minerals which have accelerated vegetation growth (various shades of green). Though far from what it looked like 20 years ago, Mount St Helens is actively recovering.”
In another favorite, ice breaks from the foot of an Alaskan glacier and becomes icebergs in a lake. You can see the dirt and rocks picked up by the glacier as it moves downhill.
You can pick up the Earthscapes (Forever) stamps now at USPS.