12/16/2015

Madrid Atocha Railway Station

Madrid, Spain

40°24′24″N 3°41′22″W

 

The Atocha Railway Station is the largest train station in Madrid, Spain. The facility serves as a hub for commuter trains, intercity and regional trains from the south, and AVE high-speed trains. In 1992, the station’s original terminal building was converted into a concourse with shops, a nightclub, and a 43,055 square foot tropical botanical garden.



 

12/15/2015

Potash evaporation ponds

Moab, Utah, USA

38.483377775°, -109.681333272°

 

Blue evaporation ponds are visible at the Intrepid Potash Mine in Moab, Utah, USA. The mine produces muriate of potash, a potassium-containing salt used widely by farmers in fertilizer. The salt is pumped to the surface from underground brines and dried in massive solar ponds that vibrantly extend across the landscape. As the water evaporates over the course of 300 days, the salts crystallize out. So why are you seeing such vibrant colors? The water is dyed bright blue to reduce the amount of time it takes for the potash to crystallize; darker water absorbs more sunlight and heat.


 

12/14/2015

Deforestation

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

-17.387750000°, -60.562130556°

 

Deforestation of the rainforest is visible in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Deforestation in the country has primarily been driven by the expansion of mechanized agriculture and cattle ranching. This Overview highlights the country’s struggle to expand food production in order to meet the needs of its growing population, and the sacrificial destruction of its forests that has taken place to do so. Deforestation rates have been stable though relatively high, at about 200,000 hectares a year.



 

I got an entirely new perspective of San Francisco during a seaplane ride above the city. One of the highlights was certainly seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. Did you know the bridge’s signature color, known as “international orange,” was selected to complement its natural surroundings and enhance its visibility in fog? Tremendously thankful to the team at HERE for making this possible.


 

12/10/2015

Salt Ponds

San Francisco, California, USA

37.495363674°, -122.160180343°

 

I’m so excited to be heading to San Francisco today to co-host an #InstaMeet with HERE. The theme of our event is “The View From Above” and we’ll be checking out some of the coolest views throughout the city - from both elevated overlooks and from the air! One of the places I hope we spot are the colorful salt ponds of San Francisco Bay, seen here in this Overview.

A recent figure estimates that 80% of the San Francisco Bay wetlands area - approximately 16,500 acres - have been developed for salt mining. The ponds get their particular, vibrant colors from the micro-algae that live there and the species' tolerance to salinity. Areas that have a bright red hue are caused by the algae Dunaliella, which thrives in water with extremely high salt content. For a sense of scale, this Overview shows approximately one half of a square mile.


 

12/9/2015

Avola

Avola, Sicily

36°55′N 15°08′E

 

Avola is a city located in the province of Syracuse, Sicily. After Avola was destroyed by an earthquake in 1693, the city was reconstructed in a new location using a geometric, hexagonal plan created by the friar architect Angelo Italia.


 

12/8/2015

Center-pivot irrigation

Wadi As-Sirhan Basin, Saudi Arabia

30.089890096°, 38.271806556°

 

Center pivot irrigation is used throughout the Wadi As-Sirhan Basin of Saudi Arabia. Water is mined from depths as great as one kilometer (~3,000 ft), pumped to the surface, and evenly distributed by sprinklers that rotate 360 degrees. Spurred by a government effort to strengthen its agriculture sector, cultivated land in Saudi Arabia grew from 400,000 acres in 1976 to more than 8 million acres by 1993. For a sense of scale, the total area shown in this Overview is approximately fifty square miles (32,000 acres).


 

12/7/2015

Argentine Yard

Kansas City, Kansas, USA

39°4'51"N, 94°40'42"W

 

Argentine Yard is massive railroad yard in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The facility has sixty sorting tracking and multiple car repair shops on the premises. America’s network of freight railroads covers more than 140,000 miles and accounts for approximately 40 percent of intercity freight volume - more than any other mode of transportation.