10 surreal images of Earth shot by a high-definition satellite that will take your breath away

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10 surreal images of Earth shot by a high-definition satellite that will take your breath away

Farmland at the top of the frame has yet to bloom despite the green, and below are vegetation-covered hills in red tones. They are separated by a river.

(Image courtesy: Chinese National Space Agency)

"Big ears" are typical of inland lakes landform and form after the dry lake is battered by wind erosion. They are common in western China.

(Image courtesy: Chinese National Space Agency)

Human activity on resource-rich land, aided by strong wind erosion, has created these land formations.

(Image courtesy: Chinese National Space Agency)

Wind and water erosion over the years helped form this unusual land mass in the Gobi Desert.

(Image courtesy: Chinese National Space Agency)

The gray part in the middle is quicksand. It has been eroded by strong winds.

(Image courtesy: Chinese National Space Agency)

Bright red and brown parts reflect different types of vegetation. The white lines are dry seasonal river valleys.

(Image courtesy: Chinese National Space Agency)

This image shows ground broken apart by long-term water erosion. A gully formation on the plateau remains hilly and uneven. Other parts show ordinary farmland, represented by dusky shades of pink.

(Image courtesy: Chinese National Space Agency)

A grid of farms is shown in the foreground of this image and the Shengli Oilfield is shown on the beach. White lines represent the flow of sediment into the water.

(Image courtesy: Chinese National Space Agency)

The shades of yellow are a desert, with a mountain at the very bottom of the image. A river flows from the mountains to form an oasis, which is shown in red.

(Image courtesy: Chinese National Space Agency)

The middle of the image shows lush vegetation that looks like red leaves. Water erosion has left leaf vein-like formations throughout the region. The area at lower right is covered in snow.

(Image courtesy: Chinese National Space Agency)

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By RYAN GORMAN

The Chinese government has a released a series of stunning high definition images taken from space by a state-of-the-art satellite.

China's Gaofen-1 satellite was launched in April 2013. It was the first of many scheduled to be put into orbit by the country and the first ever made with high-definition imaging equipment.

It was fired into space to detect border crossings, bust drug operations and uncover other illegal activity, the Chinese government announced earlier this month.

But officials also released a series of 10 stunning false-color images of the Chinese countryside.

False colors cause water to show as blue, dirt in gray and plants in red -- the images have a sci-fi feel to them.

They are also remarkably clear and detailed - unlike anything ever seen before.

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