I am currently in a geology class so when I saw Allison Snopek’s 2008 oil on canvas painting I had to respond. The background has bright rainbow colors in circular swirls, which reminds me of a tomography map. Tomography maps are used to provide three-dimensional views of the Earth’s interior and are colored coded to show different temperatures. On top of all the bright colors she painted the continents with neutral, earth tones. The continents are viewed at a birds eye level which I think is created because the tomography maps are as well because of our satellite technology. The painting a lone is visually pleasing but it also brings up the issues around global warming and the effects the Earth’s temperature actually has. I especially like that a student painted it because I think it’s important for young people to be aware of the Earth’s issues.