A finger of the Cook Ice Cap meets a fjord on La Grande Terre, the largest of the Kerguelen Islands. Also known as the Desolation Islands, the Kerguelens are located in the Antarctic and are among the most isolated places on Earth — more than 2,100 miles (3,300 km) from Madagascar in the southern Indian Ocean. The islands have no indigenous inhabitants, but since they are part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, they host a permanent presence of 45-100 soldiers, scientists, engineers and researchers from France.

-49.258528°, 69.222139°

Source imagery: Maxar Technologies


Luanda is the capital and largest city in Angola, located on the country’s northern coast with the Atlantic Ocean. With upwards of 8 million people in its metropolitan area, it is the most populous Portuguese-speaking capital city in the world. Ilha do Cabo (also known as Ilha de Luanda) is a spit that extends offshore the city, forming a natural harbor and providing a weekend getaway for many residents.

-8.838333°, 13.234444°

Source imagery: Maxar Technologies


The largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world is located at Davis–Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. The facility - run by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group - contains more than 4,400 retired American military and government aircraft.

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Source imagery: Nearmap


These Overviews show devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the town of Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas. The storm made landfall here on Sunday 9/1, damaging or destroying nearly every structure in its path and submerging almost half the runway at Leonard M. Thompson International Airport. When it hit Marsh Harbour, Dorian was at Category 5 intensity with sustained winds of 185 mph (295 km/h), tying a 1935 record for the fastest wind speed at landfall for an Atlantic hurricane.

26.541311°, -77.081428°

Source imagery: Maxar Technologies


Thousands of vehicles sit on a lot at Honda's Pegoh assembly plant in Melaka, Malaysia. Covering more than 1 million square feet (96,000 square meters), this facility has a total production capacity of 100,000 vehicles per year, or about 400 vehicles per day. In 2017, the Malaysia Automotive Association reported nearly 28.2 million vehicle registrations nationwide — 0.88 vehicles for every person in the country.

2.428088°, 102.203948°

Source imagery: Lloyd Zed


This image, captured by the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite, shows Hurricane Dorian pummeling the Bahamas on Monday, September 2. Having reached Category 5 intensity with sustained winds of 185 mph (295 km/h), the storm is reported to be one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record. It is currently a Category 2 hurricane and is expected to continue up the southeastern coast of the United States. Several fatalities have been recorded and numerous homes and infrastructure have been destroyed.

24.250000°, -76.000000°

Source imagery: ESA - European Space Agency


Semi-trailers line up at the loading bays of a solar-panel-covered warehouse in Redlands, California. Located in San Bernardino County, Redlands is a city of approximately 71,000 people. In the last decade, San Bernardino and Riverside counties have experienced a boom in warehouses and distribution centers, creating an estimated 84,000 jobs — nearly a quarter of the region's added employment.

34.086675°, -117.228011°

Source imagery: Nearmap


Smoke and ash rise from the summit of Mount Agung, an active volcano in Bali, Indonesia. Having begun in 2017, the volcano’s latest eruption is ongoing and has caused numerous evacuations and international flight delays. At 9,944 feet (3,031 m), Mount Agung is the highest point on Bali and from a distance appears to be perfectly conical.

-8.340833°, 115.503333°

Source imagery: Maxar Technologies


Keyhole-shaped tumuli are scattered throughout the city of Sakai in Japan's Osaka Prefecture. A tumulus is a mound of earth or stone raised over a grave, and the largest one shown in this Overview is the final resting place of Emperor Nintoku. Nearly 1,600 feet (486 m) long with a mound 115 feet (35 m) high, it covers the largest area of any tomb in the world.

34.562556°, 135.486417°

Source imagery: Maxar Technologies


Seattle is the most populous city in the state of Washington, with a population of roughly 725,000. Situated on an isthmus between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, the city is a major gateway for trade with Asia. This Overview shows several neighborhoods north of the city center, including Eastlake, Portage Bay, Montlake and others.

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Source imagery: Nearmap


The Transamerica Pyramid is the second-tallest skyscraper in the skyline of San Francisco, California, at 853 feet (260 m). Its design consists of a tall, four-sided pyramid with two "wings" that accommodate an elevator shaft on the east and a stairwell and smoke tower on the west. Four cameras, pointed in the four cardinal directions, are positioned at the top of the building's spire to form the "Transamerica Virtual Observation Deck."

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Source imagery: Chris Leipelt Photography


Willie Creek is a protected tidal estuary roughly 10.5 miles (17 km) north of Broome, Western Australia. The creek’s calm, nutrient-rich waters make it an ideal habitat for the Pinctada maxima oyster, which produces world-renowned pearls.

-17.764682°, 122.217335°

Source imagery: Maxar Technologies


Crowds of people gather at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. Constructed between 1939 and 1943, the memorial honors Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father and third president of the United States. Its neoclassical, Pantheon-like structure is composed of circular marble steps, a portico, a circular colonnade of Ionic order columns, and a shallow dome. In 2018, the Jefferson Memorial had approximately 3.2 million visitors.

38.881389°, -77.036944°

Source imagery: Nearmap


Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea, with more than 25 million residents in its metropolitan area. Strategically situated on the Han River, Seoul’s history can be traced back more than 2,000 years to 18 BC, when it was founded by members of the Baekje Kingdom. In recent years, the city has experienced massive economic growth and is one of the top 10 wealthiest cities in the world with a GDP of more than $700 billion (USD).

37.566667°, 126.966667°

Source imagery: Maxar Technologies


Glacial ice and debris form incredible patterns around the edges of the Malaspina Glacier in southeastern Alaska. Located at the head of the Alaska Panhandle, the glacier is roughly 40 miles (65 km) wide and 28 miles (40 km) long, covering an area of about 1,500 square miles (3,900 square km). Decades of aerial photographs and radar data have shown that the Malaspina Glacier lost about 66 feet (20 m) of thickness between 1980 and 2000 — enough shrinkage to contribute 0.5% of the rise in global sea level.

60.001700°, -140.386000°

Source imagery: Maxar Technologies


Shipping containers are stacked at the Port Newark Container Terminal in Newark, New Jersey. The massive facility handles more than 1.3 million shipping containers every year and is in the midst of an expansion project that will add capacity for another 1 million containers per year by 2030.

40.681667°, -74.150556°

Source imagery: Maxar Technologies


Greek Theatre is a 5,870-seat music venue in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California. The venue hosted its first show in June 1931, selling seats in the first two sections for a dollar a piece and giving the remaining seats away for free. Since then, it has featured some big names in music — including Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen and Carlos Santana.

34.119702°, -118.296065°

Source imagery: Nearmap


Smoke is visible from space as wildfires burn in the Brazilian states of Amazonas, Mato Grosso, and Rondônia. Nearly 73,000 fires have been reported throughout the Amazon basin this year, a record number that has caused international concern for the future of the world's largest and most biodiverse tract of rainforest. The fires, many of which have been set by loggers and ranchers to clear land for cattle, have also ignited global debate about the environment and agricultural production.

-6.300000°, -61.620000°

Source imagery: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) & National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


A sewage treatment pond is seen at the Western Treatment Plant in Cocoroc, Australia. This facility treats half of the sewage produced in the nearby city of Melbourne and is nearly 26,000 acres (10,500 hectares) in size — roughly equal to the total area of Disney World. The Western Treatment Plant produces 10.5 billion gallons (40 billion liters) of Class A water, the highest standard of recycled water.

-37.985213°, 144.609568°

Source imagery: Nearmap


Golden Gate Park is a 1,017-acre (412-hectare) urban park located in San Francisco, California. Its rectangular shape makes it comparable to Central Park in New York City; however, it is 20 percent larger, measuring roughly 3 miles (4.8 km) east to west and half a mile (0.8 km) north to south. With 13 million yearly visitors, Golden Gate Park is the fifth most-visited city park in the United States.

37.769722°, -122.476944°

Source imagery: Maxar Technologies


Shenzhen, China, was one of the fastest-growing cities in the world in the 1990s and 2000s and currently has a population of at least 12.5 million. Bordering Hong Kong to the south, Huizhou to the northeast, and Dongguan to the northwest, it is part of the Pearl River Delta megalopolis — one of the most densely urbanized regions in the world. Recently, along Shenzhen's border with Hong Kong, hundreds of Chinese security officers have gathered in a show of force as tensions rise between Hong Kong and mainland China.

22.550000°, 114.100000°

Source imagery: Maxar Technologies


Red Rocks Amphitheatre is an open-air performing arts venue near Morrison, Colorado. Nature took 250 million years to get the red sandstone here just right, creating a natural auditorium with optimal acoustics. It was only in 1941 that the area — 6,450 feet (1,966 m) above sea level and 15 miles (24 km) west of Denver — was turned into a proper venue that can seat up to 9,525 people. Since then, the Beatles, Dolly Parton and Wilco have all graced its stage and performed for fans ready to rock. We’re excited to have created this Overview for enRoute magazine, the in-flight magazine for Air Canada, to share with their readers and followers.

39.665278°, -105.205833°

Source imagery: Nearmap