10/22/2016

Arlit Uranium Mine

Arlit, Niger

18°44′N 7°23′E

 

With just three days until the release of “Overview”, I’m sharing a few of my favorite images from the book. Here’s one from the chapter all about mining, ‘Where We Extract’. The Arlit Uranium mine is located in Arlit, Niger. French nuclear power generation as well as the French nuclear weapons program are dependent on the uranium that is extracted from the mine - more than 3400 tonnes per year.


 

10/21/2016

Palmanova

Palmanova, Italy

45.904892400°, 13.317671100°

 

Here’s one of my favorite images from the 'Where We Design' chapter in “Overview”. The town of Palmanova, Italy is recognized by its concentric layout known as a star fort. The rationale for this construction was that an attack on any individual wall could be defended from the two adjacent star points by shooting the enemy from behind. The three rings that surround Palmanova were completed in 1593, 1690, and 1813.

 


 

10/20/2016

Sydney Opera House

Sydney, Australia

33°51′31.2″S 151°12′50.5″E

 

The Sydney Opera House hosts more than 1,500 shows each year in its various performance halls, drawing a total attendance of approximately 1.2 million people. While the buildings famous “shell” design appears uniformly white from a distance, it actually features a subtle chevron pattern composed of tiles in two colors: glossy white and matte cream.

Source imagery; Nearmap


 

10/19/2016

Southern California Logistics Airport

Victorville, California, USA

34°35′51″N 117°22′59″W

 

Here’s one of my favorite images from the Where We Waste chapter of “Overview”. The Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California contains an aircraft boneyard with more than 150 retired planes. Because the demand for jumbo jets has dropped significantly in the last two decades in favor of smaller, more affordable twin‑engine planes, many large aircrafts such as Boeing 747s have been retired. The dry conditions in Victorville – located on the edge of the Mojave Desert – limits the corrosion of metal, meaning planes can be stored here for years while they are stripped for spare parts.


 

10/17/2016

Los Caracoles Pass

Andes Mountains

32°51'6"S 70°8'16"W

 

Los Caracoles Pass, or The Snails Pass, is a twisting mountain road located in a remote section of the Andes Mountains on the Chilean side of the border with Argentina. The path climbs to an elevation of 10,419 feet, has no roadside safety barriers, and is frequented by large trucks.


 

10/13/2016

Mona Vale Beach Pool

Mona Vale, NSW, Australia

-33.6787655, 151.3160979

 

Check out this incredible shot of the ocean pool at Mona Vale Beach, located in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia. There are a number of public ocean pools in New South Wales, offering stunning areas to swim, situated on the rocky coast, with waves splashing into the pool.

Drone photographer: @gabscanu


 

10/11/2016

Plaça de Tetuan

Eixample District, Barcelona, Spain

41.394921°N 2.175507°E


Plaça de Tetuan is a major square located in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Spain. The area characterized by its strict grid pattern, octagonal intersections, and apartments with communal courtyards.


 

10/10/2016

Salt ponds

San Francisco Bay, California, USA

37.5106531, -122.053325

 

The salt evaporation ponds seen here cover roughly 10 square miles (26 square km) in San Francisco Bay, California, USA. Salt is extracted from the water here through a lengthy process. First, water from the bay is channeled into massive basins where it begins a transformation into brines. Over five years, the brines evaporate, concentrate, and travel several miles before they are collected as pure salt crystals. The massive ponds get their vibrant color from a particular species of algae (Dunaliella) that thrives in extremely salty water and produces a red pigment.

Source imagery: Nearmap


 

Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti following the loss and damage the country is facing in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. In the city of Jeremie, it is estimated that 80% of the buildings have been flattened by the storm. We encourage you to check out the link below to learn more about how you can help. Unfortunately, we don’t have any imagery yet of the areas most affected by the storm, so this Overview shows houses covering the steep hillsides of the Killick Stenio Vincent neighborhood in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

 

https://weather.com/news/news/hurricane-matthew-how-help


 

10/6/2016

Car terminal

Richmond, California, USA

37.9137118, -122.368161

 

Cars are unloaded and parked at an automobile terminal in Richmond, California, USA. In 2015, 17.5 million cars and light trucks were sold in the United States, raising the total number of registered vehicles in the country to roughly 253 million.

Source imagery: Nearmap


 

10/5/2016

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

35°11′46″N 106°35′51″W

 

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is currently underway in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The annual, nine day event is the largest event of its kind in the world with more than 500 balloons. This incredible overview, captured by Alexandra Grumblatt, captures an event known as a “mass ascension” when all participants launch in two waves, filling the sky with hundreds of balloons at once.


 

10/4/2016

Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Yuanyang County, China

23°09′32″N 102°44′41″E

 

Rice paddies, constructed in steps, cover the mountainsides of Yuanyang County, China. Cultivated by the Hani people for the last 1300 years, the slope of the terraces varies from 15 to 75 degrees with some having as many as 3,000 steps. As we’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about prints, I want to mention that this Overview, and many others, can be purchased directly from our website in the Printshop section!


 

10/3/2016

Niagara Falls

Canada / United States

43.077305°N 79.07562°W

 

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the border between Ontario, Canada and the United States. Horseshoe Falls is seen here. The falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). The Maid of the Mist, also visible here, is a boat that has carried passengers into the rapids below the falls since 1846.

 

Source imagery: NearMap


 

9/29/2016

Medina quarter

Marrakesh, Morocco

31.633080724°, -7.986173343°

 

The medina quarter in Marrakesh, Morocco is characterized by its winding, maze-like streets. Because the intricately connected honeycomb of alleyways narrows to less than a meter wide (~ 3 feet) at certain spots, the area is generally free from car traffic.