Abstraction and the Natural World

These photos of aerial views of Earth tie in nicely with our discussion of abstraction on Monday. They aim to show the ramifications of the human imprint on the planet. I wonder if the photo series accomplishes this without some context. Is the abstraction an effective method of showing the effects of humans on the natural world, or does the abstraction distance the effects from the audience?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2015/09/01/17-mesmerizing-photos-of-abstract-aerial-views-of-our-world/?tid=sm_fb

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