Port Hedland is the largest iron ore loading port in Australia and one of the largest in the world. Located in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, the port recorded a throughput of more than 550 million tons between 2016 and 2017. In March 2017, Port Hedland had its record single shipment of 297,000 tons, which was aboard the HL Tubarao, an 1,115-foot-long (340 m) vessel from Panama.

20°19'49.7"S, 118°34'09.4"E

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Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, covering 4,086 square miles (10,582 sq. km) in southwestern Bolivia. This area is estimated to contain roughly 10 billion tons of salt, underneath which lies between 50% and 70% of the world’s known lithium reserves. The salar also contains large amounts of sodium, potassium, magnesium and borax.

20°08'01.6"S, 67°29'20.9"W

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Waves roll in to Chicama, Peru. This area is well known for having one of the longest surfs in the world, especially at “The Point,” a spot where you can allegedly surf a single wave for slightly more than a mile (2 km) if conditions are right.

8°00'20.6"S, 79°11'17.7"W

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The Betsiboka River estuary in northwestern Madagascar is one of the fastest-changing coastlines in the world. Decades worth of extensive logging in Madagascar’s rainforests and coastal mangroves has lead to widespread erosion, causing bright red soil to wash into the river and out to sea. In some areas, soil losses have approached 112 tons per acre, the largest amount recorded anywhere in the world.

15°48'55.0”S, 46°16'13.0"E

Source imagery: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration


The Walter Pyramid, formerly known as “The Pyramid,” is a 4,000-seat indoor arena on the campus of Long Beach State University in Long Beach, California. Each side of the 18-story-tall complex is 345 feet (105 m), making it a mathematically true pyramid. It is one of just three true pyramid-style buildings the United States, the others being Luxor Las Las Vegas and the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee.

33°47'14.0"N, 118°06'51.0"W

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In this Overview, spectators explore a variety of aircraft during the Sound of Speed Airshow, which took place last weekend at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Missouri. The event included aerial performances and ground displays of dozens of aircraft, including U.S. Navy Blue Angels, C-130 Hercules transporters, P-51 Mustangs, an F-16 Viper, and more.

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Plaça de Tetuan is a major square located in the Eixample District of Barcelona, Spain. This area is characterized by its strict grid pattern, octagonal intersections, and apartments with communal courtyards. At the square’s center is a monument of Dr. Bartomeu Robert Yarzábal, who served briefly as Mayor of Barcelona at the turn of the 20th century.

41°23'41.7"N, 2°10'31.8"E

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A single airplane waits at the international terminal of Palm Springs International Airport in Palm Springs, California. The airport is highly seasonal, operating a majority of its flights in the winter, and it has been called one of America's most “stress-free" airports. In 2017, it handled slightly more than 2.1 million passengers across 12 airlines.

33°49'47.0"N, 116°30'24.0"W

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The Roberts Bank Superport is a shipping facility in the Port of Vancouver, just offshore the city of Delta in British Columbia, Canada. It is home to the single busiest coal export terminal in North America, which typically ships more than 20 million tons of export coal a year. Currently, there are plans to expand the facility and add a new three-berth container terminal, which would provide an additional 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units of container capacity.

49°01'04.4"N, 123°09'34.5"W

Source imagery: Nearmap


This Overview captures a small segment of the Great Barrier Reef, located off the coast of Queensland, in northeastern Australia. Composed of more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, the reef system is Earth's largest structure made up of living things. The Great Barrier Reef stretches for more than 1,400 miles (2,300 km) and covers an area of roughly 130,000 square miles (344,400 sq. km).

18°17'10.0"S, 147°42'00.0"E

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Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with a population of more than 1.5 million. The city played a pivotal role during the American Revolution, when it provided a setting for the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

39°56'44.4"N, 75°09'53.6"W

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Roads create a grid-like pattern on the landscape in a remote section of Argentina’s Mendoza Province. This area has an arid climate and receives anywhere from 4 to 20 inches (100-500 mm) of precipitation per year. These conditions cause much of the soil to be dry and reddish, as shown in this Overview.

37°02'06.2"S, 69°27'05.9"W

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Solar panels cover the hillsides of Tumencun, a small township in China's Henan Province. In 2017, China accounted for more than half of the world's investment in solar energy, putting forth $86.5 billion of a $160.8 billion global total. With these funds, China added an estimated 53 gigawatts of new solar capacity — more than all other countries combined.

35°47'27.1"N, 114°09'22.2"E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe