Mir Mine

Mirny, Russia

62°31′45.92″N 113°59′36.74″E


The Mir Mine is an inactive, open-pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. The mine is 1,722 feet (525 m) deep and has a diameter of 3,900 feet (1,200 m), making it the second largest excavated hole in the world. Active for 44 years, the mine had an output of 10 million carats of diamond per year during peak production in the 1960’s.



Bondi Beach

Sydney, New South Wales

33°53′28″S 151°16′40″E


It’s a chilly afternoon up here in New York but it’s already the weekend down at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia! One of the city’s most popular destinations, the beach gets its name from the Aboriginal word “Bondi” that means waves breaking over rocks. Tag someone you’ll be seeing this weekend and have a great one, no matter where you are!

Source imagery: Sinclair Knight Merz



Makati City

Metro Manila, Philippines

14°33′N 121°02′E


Makati City is one of sixteen cities that constitutes Manila, the capital of the Philippines. As seen in this Overview, the architecture of the city has a fascinating blend of Spanish colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers.



Las Vegas at night

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

36°10′30″N 115°08′11″W


The glowing lights of Las Vegas, Nevada are captured here from the International Space Station. Since the city is entirely surrounded by desert, its brightly lit grid of streets starkly contrasts the dark, undeveloped area on its outskirts. You’ll also notice the Las Vegas Strip - the city’s central avenue that is seen at the middle of this Overview. This particular area is one of the brightest spots on Earth due to the concentration of lights emanating from the hotels and casinos along the road.

Source imagery courtesy of NASA



Louvre Museum

Paris, France

48.860854°N 2.335812°E


A river cruise passes by the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Located on the Seine River, the Louvre is the world’s most visited museum, receiving more than nine million visitors per year. The entrance to the museum, seen at the top and center of this Overview is a glass and metal pyramid, designed by architect I.M. Pei. Visitors enter through the pyramid, descend into the spacious lobby, and then re-ascend into the wings of the museum.



Industrial buildings

Tokai, Japan

35.039460°, 136.889525°


Colorful, metal-roofed industrial buildings line the coast of Tokai, Japan. The city’s economy is dominated by a massive steel mill - a portion of which is seen at the bottom of this Overview. Nippon Steel, the company that owns the mill, has an annual production of more than 47 million tons of steel across its various facilities. Steels - consisting of alloys of iron and other elements, primarily carbon - is a major component in buildings, infrastructure, tools, ships, automobiles, appliances, and weapons.



Bucket-wheel excavators at Tagebau Hambach

Elsdorf / Niederzier, Germany

50°54′39″N 6°30′10″E


Bucket-wheel excavators run on tracks at the Tagebau Hambach open-pit mine in Niederzier and Elsdorf, Germany. These massive machines (up to 315 feet tall and 730 feet long) continuously scoop materials from the surface in order to extract lignite. Lignite, often referred to as “brown coal”, is a soft combustible sedimentary rock that is formed from naturally compressed peat and is used as a fuel for steam-electric power generation.



Kansai International Airport

Osaka Bay, Japan

4·433168°, 135·239150°


Kansai International Airport is located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay, Japan. To create the island, a 30 meter (98-foot) layer of earth was created on top of the seafloor with 21 million cubic meters of landfill. The material was excavated from three separate mountains. As of 2008, the total cost of Kansai Airport was $20 billion USD, including land reclamation that has been necessary to prevent its continued sinkage (7.1 centimeters per year as of 2008) into the bay.



Het Loo Palace

Apeldoorn, Netherlands

52.234167°N 5.945833°E


Het Loo Palace is located in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. “The Great Garden,” situated behind the residence, follows the general Baroque landscape design formula: perfect symmetry, axial layout with radiating gravel walks, parterres with fountains, basins, and statues.



Port of Antwerp

Antwerp, Belgium

51.322990, 4.326734


The Port of Antwerp in Belgium is the second largest seaport in Europe. In one year alone the facility handles more than 71,000 vessels and 314 million tons of cargo. That weight is roughly equal to 68% of the mass of all living humans on the planet.




Camps Bay Beach

Cape Town, South Africa

33°57′00″S 18°23′00″E


Waves break on the rocks by Camps Bay Beach - a beautiful, white sand beach in Camps Bay, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. In the summer, many South Africans and tourists flock to this beautiful area of the city.



Guadalajara, Mexico

20.687579999°, -103.307078268°


Guadalajara is the fourth most populous city in Mexico with a population of nearly 1.5 million. It is also one of the country’s cultural centers, considered by many to be the home of mariachi music.