3/17/2016

Princess Juliana International Airport

Saint Martin

18.040823°, -63.109948°

 

Princess Juliana International Airport is the main airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. The airport is well-known for the approach to Runway 10, seen at the bottom of this Overview. Here arriving aircraft must have a 3° glide slope, flying at a shockingly low altitude over people relaxing on Maho Beach, to land safely.

 


 

3/15/2016

Salt Evaporation Ponds

San Francisco, California, USA

37.504215, -122.036887

 

This Overview captures salt evaporation ponds in San Francisco, California, USA. Here, water is channeled into these 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 red colors from algae Dunaliella, a particular species of algae that thrives in extremely salty water.


 

3/14/2016

Ankara

Ankara, Turkey

39.987497075°, 32.850163076°

 

Today our thoughts are with the people of Ankara, Turkey after they suffered a brutal bombing attack yesterday in one of the city’s public squares. Ankara is home to more than five million residents and serves as the country’s capital. Residential housing in the northern section of the city is visible in this Overview.


 

3/9/2016

Dendritic drainage systems

Shadegan Lagoon, Iran

30.327274, 48.829255

 

A dendritic drainage pattern is seen around the Shadegan Lagoon by Musa Bay in Iran. Dendritic literally means branched, as in resembling the pattern of a tree. This shape develops when streams move across relatively flat and uniform rock or over a surface that resists erosion.


 

3/7/2016

Tulip Fields

Lisse, Netherlands

52.276355786°, 4.557080790°

 

Lines of colorful tulips in Lisse, Netherlands to honor the birthday of my favorite artist, Piet Mondrian! The Netherlands, where Mondrian was born on this day in 1872, produces 4.3 billion tulip bulbs every year. Mondrian is most well known for his paintings with straight black lines and blocks of the three primary colors.


  3/6/2016 Paris Paris, France 48.865797°, 2.330882°   The street plan and distinctive appearance of central Paris, France is largely due to the vast public works program commissioned by Emperor Napoléon III and directed by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, between 1853 and 1870. Haussmann’s renovation of Paris included the demolition of crowded and unhealthy medieval neighborhoods and the building of broad, diagonal avenues, parks, squares, sewers, fountains, and aqueducts.

 

3/6/2016

Paris

Paris, France

48.865797°, 2.330882°

 

The street plan and distinctive appearance of central Paris, France is largely due to the vast public works program commissioned by Emperor Napoléon III and directed by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, between 1853 and 1870. Haussmann’s renovation of Paris included the demolition of crowded and unhealthy medieval neighborhoods and the building of broad, diagonal avenues, parks, squares, sewers, fountains, and aqueducts.


 

3/4/2016

Umbrellas

Pesaro, Italy

43.9176928, 12.9130965

 

Umbrellas dot the beaches of Pesaro, Italy. The town is located on the Adriatic Sea and maintains an average temperature of 27° C (80.6° F) during the summer months.

 

 


 

3/2/2016

Rice paddies

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.


 

3/1/2016

Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone National Park

44°31′30″N 110°50′17″W

 

Yellowstone National Park was established on March 1, 1872. At the Grand Prismatic Spring, visitors can get a close-up view on a series of elevated boardwalks. The hot spring gets its vivid color from pigmented bacteria that grow around the edge of the mineral-rich water.


 

2/28/2016

Pyramids of Giza

Giza, Egypt

29°58′34″N 31°7′58″E

 

The Great Pyramids of Giza are located on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. Dating back to 2580 BC, the Great Pyramid, the largest structure at the site, is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world and the only one to remain largely intact. With an estimated 2,300,000 stone blocks weighing from 2 to 30 tons each, the 481 foot pyramid was the tallest structure in the world for more than 3,800 years.