An earth-formed Bagua arrangement is pictured amid the shallow waters of Changdang Lake, in China’s Jiangsu Province. An important symbol in Taoist cosmology, the Bagua consists of a yin-yang surrounded by eight sets of three-line patterns. This particular arrangement, known as “Later Heaven,” is symbolic of achieving balance and accepting change as time passes.

31°38'51.8"N 119°32'00.8"E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


Sand dunes zigzag across the Sahara Desert in the Tiris Zemmour Region of Mauritania. Since the majority of Mauritania is covered by desert, temporary dune ranges like those in this Overview can form, disappear and reform as sands shift. Average rainfall in Tiris Zemmour is around 3.9 inches (100mm) per year.

23°46'03.4"N 7°07'52.7"W

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


An estimated crowd of 200,000 people attended the March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. A section of Pennsylvania Avenue, stretching from the U.S. Capitol Building up towards The White House, is seen covered with participants here. Led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the march sought to raise awareness of gun violence and called for increased gun control legislation. In addition to the event in Washington, hundreds of others took place throughout the United States and around the world.

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Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


Bright colors accent the peaks and valleys of a mountain range in Ngamring County, a remote section of the Tibet Autonomous Region in China. Population density in this area is slightly more than 4 people per square mile, or 2.5 per square kilometer.

29°54′28″N 86°33′18″E

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Naples is the third largest city in Italy with roughly one million residents. The metropolis is one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in Europe with Bronze Age settlements established here in the second millennium BC. The historic city center, with its tightly gridded streets and numerous cathedrals, is captured in this Overview.

40°50′42″N 14°15′30″E

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Thousands of diesel-powered Volkswagens are parked at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California. While this facility is known for its airplane graveyard, Volkswagen has leased enough land here to park 21,0000 vehicles. Following its emission scandal in 2015, the company gave customers the option to sell their cars back to the company. More than 340,000 customers have elected to return their vehicles so far.

34°35′51″N 117°22′59″W

Source imagery: Nearmap



 

The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. The 250 square kilometer (97 square mile) ice formation stretches for 30 kilometres (19 miles) and represents the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water.

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Hundreds of school busses are seen at an assembly plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. The standard American school bus is 45 feet (13.7 meters) long and has a seating capacity of up to 90 passengers. This particular facility manufactures 50 to 75 buses a day on average.

36.189292°, –95.875041°

Source imagery: Nearmap


 

Prati is a neighborhood located in center of Rome, Italy. The area borders the Vatican and contains the Via Cola di Rienzo, one of the most famous shopping streets in the entire city.

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Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


 

To honor the passing of the Steven Hawking, we are sharing this simulated image of a black hole. To date, there are no actual photographs of a black hole. Among his many groundbreaking discoveries, Hawking theoretically predicted that black holes emit radiation. We are saddened to hear of his loss but we are tremendously grateful for his immense contributions to science and to the knowledge of space.

 


 

Check out this incredible view of Stonehenge. The prehistoric monument is located in Wiltshire, England and is believed to have been constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The circular layout consists of a ring of stones measuring roughly 13 feet (4.0 m) high, 7 feet (2.1 m) wide and weighing around 25 tons.

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Drone photograph by Lewis Slade


 

The Golden Gate Bridge is a 1.7 mile long suspension bridge in San Francisco, California that spans the Golden Gate Strait, the mile-wide channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The bridge’s signature color, known as “international orange”, was selected to complement its natural surroundings and enhance its visibility in fog.

Source imagery: Nearmap


 

Check out this beautiful shot of Jupiter. Taken by the spacecraft Juno, the image captures swirling storms on the planet as wide as two Earths. Juno has been circling Jupiter since July 2016 and will continue to do so, traveling at speeds up to 130,000 mph, for a total of two years.

Image courtesy of NASA

 


 

Check out this photograph of skyscrapers peeking through the clouds over Dubai. The city, located in the United Arab Emirates, has built more skyscrapers higher than 2/3 km, 1/3 km, or ¼ km than any other city on the planet. The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 829.8 meters (2,722 feet), is visible at left in this shot.

Photograph by Carsten Witte


 

Seoul is the capital and largest city in South Korea with a population greater than 25 million. Situated on the Han River, Seoul's history stretches back over two thousand years to when it was founded in 18 BC by the people of Baekje. The Gangnam District, which literally means “South of the River”, is visible in this Overview.

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Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


 

Salt ponds are seen on San Francisco Bay in northern California, USA. Here water is channelled into large ponds and exits through natural evaporation. The salt that remains can then be collected. The massive ponds get their vibrant reddish colors from the algae that thrive in the extremely salty water. Approximately 80% of this wetlands area – approximately 16,500 acres – has been developed for salt mining. 

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Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


 

Earth and the moon, separated by 249,000 miles (400,000 km). Sometimes it takes an image like this to really keep things in perspective. /// This photograph was captured by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on September 22, 2017 when it was 804,000 miles (~ 1.3 million km) from Earth and 735,000 miles (~ 1.19 million kilometers) from the Moon. The spacecraft is currently en route to the asteroid Bennu where it will land, collect samples, and then return back to Earth on September 24, 2023.

Image courtesy of NASA


 

Olive tree groves surround the village of Ινία, Greece. Approximately 90% of all harvested olives are turned into oil; the remaining 10% are eaten as table olives.

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Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


 

Check out this stunning view of Sydney, Australia. The city is the most populous on the continent with more than five million residents. The geography of the city - located on the Tasman Sea and built around numerous harbors and inlets - is captured in this Overview.

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Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


 

Sailboats are docked at DuSable Harbor in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The facility is located on Lake Michigan in the heart of the city’s downtown area and contains 420 slips for boats between 30 to 60 feet in length.

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Source imagery: Nearmap


 

Shipping containers are seen at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. From 1962 until 2002, the facility was the world’s busiest port, but was overtaken first Singapore and later Shanghai. In 2015, Rotterdam ranked as the world’s sixth-largest port in terms of annual cargo tonnage.

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Source imagery: DigitalGlobe

 

    Iōjima is an island located 59 miles (110 km) south of Kagoshima, Japan. Iōjima experiences frequent volcanic activity, which results in massive amounts of sulfur dioxide flowing into the sea. This causes the surrounding waters to turn yellow, green, and teal as seen here. The island has a total area of 4.5 miles (11.65 sq km) and a population of 142 persons.  30.7908333, 130.2785963  Source imagery: DigitalGlobe

 

Iōjima is an island located 59 miles (110 km) south of Kagoshima, Japan. Iōjima experiences frequent volcanic activity, which results in massive amounts of sulfur dioxide flowing into the sea. This causes the surrounding waters to turn yellow, green, and teal as seen here. The island has a total area of 4.5 miles (11.65 sq km) and a population of 142 persons.

30.7908333, 130.2785963

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


 

This Overview captures the Banks Peninsula on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The landmass spans an area of approximately 1,150 square kilometres (440 sq mi) and encompasses two large harbours with many smaller bays and coves throughout. Geologically, the peninsula is made up of the eroded remnants of two large shield volcanoes that formed between 8 and 11 million years ago.

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Source imagery: Axelspace


 

To celebrate Presidents Day in the United States, here is the Washington Monument - an obelisk located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Standing 555 feet 5 1/8 inches (169.294 m) tall, the structure was built to commemorate George Washington, the first President of the United States. The structure was completed in 1885; is made out of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss; and is recognized as the world's tallest stone structure.

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Source imagery: Nearmap


 

Check out Central Park captured from helicopter by our founder Benjamin Grant. Located in the middle of Manhattan in New York City, the park spans 843 acres - or 6% of the borough. One of the most influential innovations in the park's design was its "separate circulation" systems for pedestrians, horseback riders, and automobiles. This concealed "crosstown" commercial traffic in sunken roadways, and densely planted shrub belts in order to maintain a rustic ambiance.