We live on the earth´s crust, an expansive habitat of solid rock. This rock formation seems safe and stable, yet it is sensitive, effected by constant movement and change. As global temperatures increase, glaciers are melting. Sea level rises. While the glaciers melt, the crust rebounds. The weight of the ice decreases, providing the potential for future earthquakes, landslides, and eruptions. What we see today could no longer be the same tomorrow.

Your Earth Transforms shows a cross section of different mountain ranges, including the Alps, the Cascade Range, the Rocky Mountains, the Himalaya, and the Karakoram. Based on renderings by Google Earth from various satellite imagery, these images display their respective shape at a certain moment in time. An image was taken of a rendered image, which was made from a collection of images: an (almost) invisible transformation.

This project is not intended to serve as a geological survey. Rather, it focuses on the powerful beauty of the Earth’s crust. One likes to believe that it is possible to hold on to a status quo. Like holding on to the idea of a solid formation of rock, there is no stable foundation which will stay exactly the same for generations to come. There is no status quo. The Earth—our world—is in a perpetual state of flux.


—Meike Nixdorf