Square Mile

London, England, United Kingdom

51.5155°N 0.0922°W


Check out this incredible aerial shot of the Square Mile in London, sent to us by @jasonhawkes. The Square Mile refers to the (1.12 square mile) portion of the city that serves as a major center of business and finance. While the area only has 7,000 permanent residents, more than 300,000 make the daily commute into the area for work. You can check out more of Jason's shots here.



Port of Long Beach

Long Beach, California

33.754185°N 118.216458°W


At the Port of Long Beach in California, a prolonged labor dispute between the longshoremen’s union and ship owners has brought crippling delays to sea freight in and out of the United States. The hold up is wreaking havoc for retailers, food companies, farmers and manufacturers. For example, in order to bypass the shipping logjam and address a global shortage of French fries, McDonald’s flew 1,000 tons of frozen fries to Japan.



Marabe Al Dhafra

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

23.608071195°, 53.697857178°


The villas of Marabe Al Dhafra in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates are home to approximately 2,000 people.



Umbrella Beaches

Viareggio, Italy

43.850180858°, 10.241461219°


The sub-zero temperatures of NYC have got us dreaming about the umbrella covered beaches of Viareggio, Italy. The city maintains an average temperature of 70.7 °F (21.5 °C) throughout the year. 




Mexico City, Mexico

19.428043738°, -99.040952890°


A colorful, open-air market known as a tianguis appears along the Avenida Bordo de Xochiaca in Mexico City. It is estimated that there are 1,300 tianguis in the city, with 50,000 participating merchants.



Arc de Triomphe

Paris, France

48.8738°N 2.2950°E


The Arc de Triomphe is located at the center of twelve radiating avenues in Paris, France. Because of numerous delays, including the abdication of Napoleon, construction of the monument took nearly 30 years to complete.



Construction of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project

Tonopah, Nevada, USA

38°14′N 117°22′W


The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project is under construction near Tonopah, Nevada. Once completed it will power up to 75,000 homes during peak electricity periods. So how does it work? The project will use 17,500 heliostat mirrors to collect and focus the sun's thermal energy to heat molten salt flowing through a 540-foot (160 m) tall solar power tower. The molten salt then circulates from the tower to a storage 



Rub' al Khali or The Empty Quarter

Saudi Arabia

22.126339257°, 55.253358696°


Rub' al Khali or The Empty Quarter is the largest sand desert in the world, covering 650,000 square kilometers in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, and the UAE. In the center of the region there are a number of raised, hardened formations that were once the sites of shallow lakes thousands of years ago. This Overview here is captured in Saudi Arabia near the border with Oman. A collection of trailers and roads leading to the site are also visible at center.


Valentine's Day

Lover's Island

Galešnjak, Croatia

43°58′41.24″N 15°23′1.14″E


Happy Valentine’s Day! Galesnjak - commonly known as “Lover’s Island” - is a naturally occurring, heart-shaped isle off the coast of Croatia.



Gezira Scheme

Khartoum, Sudan

14°30′N 33°10′E


The Gezira Scheme is one of the largest irrigation projects in the world, situated at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile Rivers near the city of Khartoum, Sudan. Because the soil slopes away from the rivers, water naturally flows through 2,700 miles of irrigation canals with gravity. The project covers a total 3,400 square miles, approximately half of the country's total land under irrigation.