This Overview details the canal system of Amsterdam -- known as “Grachten.” In the early 17th century, when immigration was at a peak, a comprehensive plan for the city’s expansion was developed with four concentric half-circles of canals emerging at the main waterfront (seen on the right-hand side of this Overview). In the centuries since, the canals have been used for defense, water management, and transport. They remain a hallmark of the city to this day.

52°22'00.0"N, 4°54'00.0"E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


Several cays extend off the western coast of Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas. Great Exuma is the largest of more than 365 islands in the Exuma district, with an area of 61 square miles (158 sq. km). The Tropic of Cancer, also known as the Northern Tropic, runs across a beach located on Great Exuma.

23°27'47.5"N, 75°53'31.1"W

Source imagery: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Roebuck Bay is a 210-square-mile (550 sq. km) tropical marine embayment in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. Much of the Bay’s eastern edge contains tidal creeks, which create vein-like patterns on its red sandy beaches. Mangrove swamps connected to these tidal creeks serve as important nursery areas for marine fish and crustaceans.

18°02'27.7"S, 122°24'32.9"E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


The Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, situated on the border of Nevada and Arizona. Standing 726.4 feet (221.4 m) tall and 1,244 feet (376 m) long, it impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States by volume. Construction of the Hoover Dam between 1931 and 1936 served as a massive public works project of the Great Depression, employing thousands of workers — in fact, when the dam was authorized, nearly 20,000 unemployed individuals flocked to Las Vegas (a city of just 5,000 at the time) in hopes of finding work.

36°00'56.0"N, 114°44'16.0"W

Source imagery: Nearmap


The Pierce County Container Terminal is part of the Port of Tacoma, located in Washington State. The 140-acre (56.7 hectare) facility has two berths totaling 2,087 feet (636 m) in length and seven cranes. Every year, the Port of Tacoma handles between 9 and 13 million tons of cargo and more than $25 billion of commerce.

47°15'14.2"N, 122°22'11.2"W

Source imagery: Nearmap


McMurdo Station is a United States research center on the southern tip of Ross Island in Antarctica. It is one of three U.S. Antarctic science facilities and the largest community on the continent, capable of supporting 1,258 residents. It boasts a harbor, three airfields, a heliport, more than 100 buildings, and Antarctica’s only two ATMs.

77°50'28.4"S, 166°42'12.7"E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


Check out this incredible image we found on @fromwhereidrone, in which a bloat of hippopotamuses take a mud bath in Serengeti National Park, northern Tanzania. A 2001 census found that roughly 20,000 hippos were living in Tanzania, and a new census is being completed this year in an effort to scale up conservation of the animals. Poachers reportedly target wild hippos for their teeth, which are profitable in Asia — almost 60 tons worth were allegedly exported to Hong Kong between 2004 and 2014.

2°19'51.0"S, 34°50'00.0"E

Source imagery: Martin Sanchez (@zekedrone)


Chicago, Illinois, is the third most populous city in the United States, with more than 2.7 million residents. This Overview shows the Chicago River flowing through the city center, dividing The Loop (left) and Near North Side (right) communities. Many of the city’s prominent skyscrapers can be seen from this perspective, including the Trump International Hotel and Tower, the Aon Center, and Grant Thornton Tower.

41°53'20.0"N, 87°37'36.0"W

Source imagery: Nearmap


Kawah Ijen is a stratovolcano in the East Java Province of Indonesia. It has a 0.6-mile-wide (1 km) turquoise-colored acidic crater lake, which is the site of a major sulfur mining operation. At night, when sulfuric gases make contact with fresh air, electric blue flames can be seen rising from volcano up to 16 feet (5 m) high.

8°03'28.8"S, 114°14'31.2"E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


Nice is the fifth most populated city in France, with roughly one million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. Located in southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is part of the tourist-popular French Riviera. It has one of the highest hotel capacities in France and is visited by more than four million tourists each year.

43°42'12.2"N, 7°15'58.7"E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


Check out this incredible rock formation we found in the Sahara Desert, near the town of Reggane, Algeria. The climate in this region is torrid and almost rainless, with an average annual rainfall of less than 0.4 inches (10 mm). In the summer, daytime temperatures are known to consistently reach 122°F (50°C), earning this area its nickname — the “triangle of fire.”

25°12'29.3"N, 3°39'54.2"W

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


A week ago today, on October 10th, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kmh). The Category 4 storm made history as the third strongest by pressure and fourth strongest by wind speed to make landfall in the continental United States. As shown in this Overview, Michael caused extensive damage to the community, so much so that FEMA Administrator Brock Long called the area “ground zero.”

29°56'29.0"N 85°24'23.0"W

Source imagery: Nearmap


What do you think is happening in this Overview? From our perspective, it looks like someone got excited while driving a road-striping truck. Regardless of how it happened, this vibrant display is found on the grounds of the former St. George Municipal Airport in St. George, Utah. Now closed, the facility was used for general aviation from 1972 until it was replaced by another airport in 2011. Head over to our Instagram and let us know your best guess in the comments!

37°05'23.3"N, 113°35'30.5"W

Source imagery: Nearmap


London is the capital and most populous city of Great Britain. Situated on the River Thames, London is the world’s most-visited city as measured by international arrivals. We’re excited to announce that one month from today we’ll be hosting the opening for our first ever exhibition in London at theprintspace in Shoreditch. The event is open to the public, and more info can be found in our Facebook event here: https://bit.ly/2PzyIiJ. Hope to see some of you there!

51°30'26.0"N, 0°07'39.0"W

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe