In a departure from our typical satellite Overview, today we want to share a photograph with you that was captured recently by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The image shows 35,000 walruses gathered on the shore, five miles north of Point Lay, Alaska. Environmental experts say the photograph is dramatic proof of changing environmental conditions that result from sea ice loss. The accelerating retreat of Alaskan sea ice north into the Arctic Ocean severely impacts the walruses who rely on it for everything from giving birth to diving to hunt for food.



Terraced Agriculture

Lanzhou, China

36.002645285°, 103.552504602°


Terraced fields swirl on the mountains outside of Lanzhou, China. The brilliant colors of the rock formations in the country's Gansu region result from red sandstone and mineral deposits that have settled over 24 million years.



Hamm (Westfalen) Station

Hamm, Germany

51°40′42″N 7°48′26″E


Passenger and freight trains wait in the rail yard at Hamm (Westfalen) Station in Hamm, Germany. While the station now serves as one of the region's major InterCityExpress passenger hubs, its marshalling yard operates at only 10% of its original 10,000 wagon per day capacity following the severe damage inflicted on it during World War II.



Intercontinental  Bora Bora Resort

Motu Pitiaau, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

-16.506077466°, -151.701304795°


On cold, rainy day here in New York City, we're dreaming about the overwater bungalows of the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort in French Polynesia. Situated on a coral island, guests stay in one of 83 villas with private pontoons where they can relax and take in the sun.



Rapeseed Fields

Soest, Germany

51°34′16″N 8°06′33″E


Vibrants fields of rapeseed surround the town of Soest, Germany. Cultivated for the oil produced by its bright-yellow flowers, Rapeseed has three primary uses: (1) Vegetable oil for human consumption (2) Biodiesel, used in both heating systems or blended with petroleum to power automobiles and (3) High-protein animal feed that is created as a byproduct of oil production.



Marina Del Ray

Marina Del Ray, California, USA

33°58′46″N 118°27′10″W


Marina del Rey, California is the world's largest man-made small craft harbor. With docking capacity for 5,300 boats, the port is also considered "home" to approximately 6,500 vessels.



Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Berlin, Germany

52°30′50″N 13°22′44″E


The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany is dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The 19,000 square meter site is covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae are 7 ft 10 in long, 3 ft 1 in wide, and vary in height from 7.9 in to 15 ft 9.0 in. They are organized in rows — 54 of them going north-south and 87 heading east-west — at right angles but set slightly askew. The stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.

  10/16/2014 Plaza Del Ejecutivo Mexico City, Mexico 19.420511533°, -99.088087122°   Radiating streets surround the Plaza Del Ejecutivo in the Venustiano Carranza district of Mexico City, Mexico.



Plaza Del Ejecutivo

Mexico City, Mexico

19.420511533°, -99.088087122°


Radiating streets surround the Plaza Del Ejecutivo in the Venustiano Carranza district of Mexico City, Mexico.



Zaatari Refugee Camp

Mafraq, Jordan

32°17′44.4″N 36°19′25.5″E


Zaatari Refugee Camp is a settlement located 10 kilometers east of Mafraq, Jordan. The camp first opened in July 2012 to host Syrians fleeing their ongoing civil war. While the number of refugees in Zaatari exceeded 156,000 in 2013, the current population estimate stands at 80,000.



Costa Concordia Shipwreck

Isola del Giglio, Italy

42°21′55″N 10°55′17″E


The Costa Concordia was a Italian cruise ship that wrecked off the coast of Isola del Giglio in Italy on January 13, 2012. A 174 foot (52 meter) long gash was made in the port side hull after the 952 foot (290 meter) ship struck a massive rock. Removal of the vessel and her 2,380 tons of fuel, breaking down the ship to metal scrap at the Port of Genoa, and repairing the damage to Isola del Giglio will cost approximately $2 billion (€1.5 billion).