Desert Shores is a 682-acre master planned community in northwest Las Vegas, Nevada. Constructed in 1988, it has more than 3,300 housing units ranging from condominiums to large, custom-built homes. At the center of Desert Shores are four man-made lakes, the largest of which — Lake Jacqueline — is flanked by the other three.

36°12'43.9"N, 115°16'08.1"W

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Check out this amazing Overview of the Banks Peninsula, which juts off the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. The landmass, which is volcanic in origin, has an area of roughly 440 square miles (1,150 sq. km) and encompasses two large harbors and many small bays and coves. It is believed that forests once covered 98% of the Banks Peninsula, yet — as the result of deforestation — less than 2% of the native forest cover remains today.

43°45'00.0"S, 172°49'58.8"E

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This image of the Carr and Ferguson wildfires in California was taken aboard the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst on August 3rd. The Carr Fire, which was first reported July 23rd, has burned more than 261 square miles (676 sq. km) in Shasta and Trinity counties and is currently the sixth-most destructive fire in California’s history. The Ferguson Fire began July 13th and has since burned 147 square miles (382 sq. km) in the Sierra and Stanislaus National Forests. Both fires have been attributed to warming temperatures and unprecedented dryness.

Source imagery: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Askja is a caldera located in a remote part of the central highlands of Iceland. Calderas are large, cauldron-like hollows that form after the magma chamber of a volcano is evacuated and the earth above collapses into it. Askja is roughly 2.8 miles (4.5 km) in diameter and is accessible only a few months out of the year — in fact, the region in which it is located is so remote and otherworldly, it was used as a training site for NASA's Apollo program to prepare astronauts for lunar missions.

65°01'48.0"N, 16°45'00.0"W

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Dampier Creek winds its way inland to form the eastern border of Broome, a coastal town in Western Australia. 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. Its 14-mile (22-km) white-sand Cable Beach, paleontology exhibits, pearl farms, and other attractions make it a popular destination for travelers around the world.

17°57'32.4"S, 122°14'49.8"E

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Check out this week’s “Drone Sunday” post from From Where I Drone, which shows a shiver of whale sharks being fed by divers off the coast of Cebu Island in the Philippines. In recent years, these friendly sharks have attracted mass tourism to the island; however, several exploitative acts committed by tourists and locals have raised concerns about the animal’s welfare and even prompted protective actions from the Philippines Government. Follow From Where I Drone for more amazing drone photography!

9°27'38.6"N, 123°22'48.8"E

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Capitol Hill is the largest and one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. With roughly 35,000 people in just under 2 square miles (5 sq. km), it is also one of the most densely populated communities in the District. Many of Capitol Hill’s residents live in rowhouses of different architectural variety, including 19th century manor houses, Federal townhouses, ornate Italianate bracketed houses, and others.

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Cars wind down the hill of Lombard Street, which runs from east to west in San Francisco, California. With eight hairpin turns dispersed over a one-block section in the Russian Hill neighborhood, Lombard is often referred to as “the most crooked street in the world.”

37°48'08.3"N, 122°25'11.1"W

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Check out this incredible shot by @dronerobert, which shows Plaza de Toros México — the world’s largest bullring — in Mexico City. The 41,262-seat facility is primarily dedicated to bullfighting, but it has also showcased many boxing fights since it opened in 1946. In this photo, the arena is packed full for a charity event to benefit victims of the 2017 Central Mexico earthquake.

19°23'00.2"N, 99°10'41.6"W

Source imagery: @dronerobert


The World is a man-made archipelago in the rough shape of a world map, located in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is made up of 300 islands ranging in size from 150,000 to 450,000 square feet (14,000-42,000 sq. meters) that are an average of 330 feet (100 m) apart. When construction of The World began in 2003, total development costs were estimated at roughly $10 billion.

25°13'00.0"N, 55°10'00.0"E

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Check out this Juxtapose, which shows a section of Miami Beach, Florida, before and after a massive bloom of sargassum algae washed ashore this summer. Sargassum is a brown, free-floating seaweed common in temperate and tropical oceans. This summer, it has overwhelmed shorelines along the East Coast of the United States, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean. Researchers believe the influx is caused by rising surface water temperatures and nutrients dumped into the ocean from farming and deforestation around the world.

25°47'10.0"N, 80°07'38.3"W

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A plane flies over strawberry fields in Oxnard, California. From above, these fields have a silvery color because they are covered to protect berries from animal pests. During peak harvesting season — from April to June — more than 10 million pints of strawberries are shipped out of California every day, supplying the United States with 85% of its strawberries.

34°11'51.7"N, 119°13'48.2"W

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