The Erg Iguidi is a large erg in the Tindouf Province of southwestern Algeria. An erg — also called a dune sea — is a broad, flat area of desert covered with windswept sand and little or no vegetation. Part of the greater Sahara Desert, the Erg Iguidi’s narrow, linear dunes stretch for roughly 250 miles (400 km) into northern Mali and Mauritania.

27°27'08.0"N, 4°27'05.5"W

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


The MS Spirit of Tasmania backs away from a pier in the Port of Melbourne, Australia. This ferry makes daily trips to and from Melbourne and Devonport, Tasmania — a journey of roughly 9 hours. Tasmania is an island state of Australia, located 150 miles (240 km) to the south of the Australian mainland.

37°50'51.4"S 144°55'50.1"E

Source imagery: Nearmap


Jönköping is a city in southern Sweden with roughly 94,000 inhabitants. It is situated at the southern end of Vättern, Sweden's second largest lake. Our founder Benjamin Grant is currently traveling there and two other towns at the southern end of Vättern to speak and meet with students. He will visit Jönköping University, the town of Hjo, and will do an exhibition of prints in collaboration with Uponwalls in the harbor in Granvik.

57°46'58.0"N, 14°09'38.0"E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


A variety of flowers, ornamental grasses, and other plants grow at a nursery in Mount Vernon, Washington — a small city roughly 60 miles (96 km) north of Seattle. Mount Vernon is the county seat of Skagit County, which has a climate similar to Northern France and thus yields millions of tulips every year.

48°26'42.0"N, 122°21'30.1"W

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“Galaxia” was The Temple at this year’s Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Designed by French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani, it is shaped of 20 timber trusses converging as a spiral towards one point in the sky. According to the artist, the design “celebrates hope in the unknown, stars, planets, black holes, the movement uniting us in swirling galaxies of dreams.”

40°47'13.2"N, 119°12'21.6"W

Source imagery: Alex Medina Photography


PRINT GIVEAWAY! We’re giving away two 20x10” Perth Waves prints this week. To enter, simply follow us on Instagram at @dailyoverview, tag a friend in the comments of the Instagram post, and you’ll BOTH be entered to win! You can also click on the link in our Instagram bio to see what’s new in our Printshop, including this stunning shot that captures swirling waves offshore. The beaches in Perth are world-famous for their beautiful white sand and clear blue water.

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The Greater Caucasus Mountains form a natural border between Russia and Georgia, stretching east to west from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. This Overview shows a stretch of mountains in Abkhazia, a de facto and partially recognized republic in northwestern Georgia. Disputes over the status of this region led to the War in Abkhazia from 1992 to 1993 and remains a central issue in Georgia-Russia relations today.

43°35'56.1"N, 40°21'29.2"E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


The Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope in the municipality of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The telescope, which is 1,000 feet (305 m) in diameter, is used for three major areas of research — radio astronomy, atmospheric science, and radar astronomy. Last year, high winds associated with Hurricane Maria caused a line feed on the telescope to break and fall onto the primary dish, damaging about 30 of its 38,000 aluminum panels.

18°20'39.0"N, 66°45'10.0"W

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


Cars are parked next to the Hyundai production facility in Montgomery, Alabama, USA. The plant has a capacity of 300,000 automobiles and also contains the production facility for their engines. In 2015, 17.5 million cars and light trucks were sold in the United States, raising the total number of registered vehicles in the country to roughly 253 million.

32.281981°N, 86.328442°W

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The aquamarine water of Roebuck Bay rolls onto red sand in Broome, Western Australia. A coastal town, Broome is home to roughly 14,000 people, but its population can grow to upwards of 45,000 per month during peak tourist season from June to August.

17°58'09.8"S, 122°14'16.3"E

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Northumberlandia, or “Lady of the North,” is a massive land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure near the town of Cramlington in northern England. Completed in 2012, the sculpture is made of 1.5 million metric tonnes of earth removed from the neighboring Shotton Surface Mine. It is 112 feet (34 m) high and 1,300 feet (400 m) long.

55°05'18.2"N, 1°37'41.1"W

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The Ob is a major river in western Siberia, Russia, and the seventh-longest river in the world, flowing for 2,268 miles (3,650 km). It is a vital resource for many Siberian communities, providing irrigation, drinking water, hydroelectric energy and fishing. The Gulf of Ob, which forms a bay on the Arctic Ocean, is the world’s longest estuary at 620 miles (1,000 km) long.

62°25'12.6"N, 66°18'26.1"E

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Today our founder, Benjamin Grant, will be speaking at the annual Mapbox SatSummit in Washington, D.C. Founded as the capital of the United States in 1790, Washington, D.C. was originally shaped as a square measuring 10 miles (16 km) on each side. However, since some land was returned to the state of Virginia in 1846, the federal district today measures 68.34 square miles (177 sq. km) and is home to nearly 700,000 people.

38°54'17.0"N, 77°00'59.0"W

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


Check out this amazing view of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, captured by a Planet satellite at a low angle. Riyadh is Saudi Arabia’s capital and most populous city, with more than 7.6 million residents. At the center of this Overview is the King Abdullah Financial District, a $10 billion development project that began in 2006 and is now more than 70% complete.

24°38'00.0"N, 46°43'00.0"E

Source imagery: Planet