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From the first clumsy flights and fuzzy photos, airplane photography developed rapidly into a precise and useful tool for looking at Earth. Surveyors, mappers, geologists, resource managers, urban planners, and military strategists have all come to rely on the airplane view of our world. Beyond these practical uses, however, air photographs reveal landscapes of beauty and symmetry that go undetected on the ground level.

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