Benjamin Grant, a consultant in New York, had the "overview effect” when he looked at the satellite images of Texas. He saw a small town surrounded by perfect circles created by pivot irrigation systems and he instantly thought about the overview effect. The overview effect is something that astronauts may experience. It is a moment of a sudden clarity when they see the Earth from the orbit and realize how insignificant we are and how our Earth is only a tiny, fragile ball of life, "hanging in the void."“ [The circles are] the result of the technology we’ve created, and our means to harness the landscape to grow crops and to get food [...] I was astounded, and it led me to want to know more, and ask questions, and figure out the story behind this perfect geometry I was seeing.” [BusinessInsider]
Grant published a book called “Daily Overview,” based on stunning satellite imagery to show how people have changed the surface of the Earth.