This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012.
Photo courtesy of NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring
Ed note: Perfect for your desktop background. Click the photo for the 8000x8000 image. Check out our article on the previous photo titled The Blue Marble.
I guess you know what those brownish areas are. The devastation is clear: we are turning Earth into a desert.