Today is the 16th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in the United States. This overview was captured above Ground Zero in downtown Manhattan on September 23, 2001. In the face of such darkness and destruction, I hope we can use this memory as an opportunity to recognize how essential it is to foster an appreciation and love for our fellow man.

📷: NOAA


 

I captured this photograph of yesterday's solar eclipse from the zone of totality in Casper, Wyoming. We had an almost surreal two and a half minutes with this view as the moon passed between us and the sun. Being here during this event showed me, perhaps more so than ever before, that we are connected to and captivated by the cosmos.

A sincere thank you to the team at Camp Casper: Casper, Under Canvas, and Outdoor Voices - for the perfect viewing spot.


 

Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona, Spain following yesterday’s gruesome attack on Las Ramblas. The beautiful city attracts visitors from all around the world, a fact made apparent as yesterday's victims came from at least 34 countries. Plaça de Tetuan, located in the city's Eixample district, is seen in this Overview.

41.394921°N 2.175507°E



 

Belo Horizonte is the sixth largest city in Brazil with a population of roughly five million people. The city was constructed at the end of the 19th century with a planned, symmetrical array of perpendicular and diagonal streets in its downtown area. The roads are named after the Brazilian states and the indigenous tribes of Brazil.

19°55′S 43°56′W


 

Munsu Water Park is located in Pyongyang, North Korea. The facility is open year-round with water slides, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, various sport courts, and a rock climbing wall.

39.039177°, 125.780009°


 

Agricultural development encircles the towns of Ausim and Shinbari in the Cairo Governorate of Egypt. The towns are located within the fertile area surrounding the Nile River, the country’s main source of water because it has no effective rainfall. The roughly 55 billion cubic meters of water that are used from the river each year represents more than three quarters of the country’s resources for usable water.

30.1229437, 31.1336762


  Mir Mine Mirny, Russia 62°31′45.92″N 113°59′36.74″E   The Mir Mine is an inactive, open-pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. The mine is 1,722 feet (525 m) deep and has a diameter of 3,900 feet (1,200 m), making it the second largest excavated hole in the world. Active for 44 years, the mine had an output of 10 million carats of diamond per year during peak production in the 1960’s.

 

Mir Mine

Mirny, Russia

62°31′45.92″N 113°59′36.74″E

 

The Mir Mine is an inactive, open-pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. The mine is 1,722 feet (525 m) deep and has a diameter of 3,900 feet (1,200 m), making it the second largest excavated hole in the world. Active for 44 years, the mine had an output of 10 million carats of diamond per year during peak production in the 1960’s.


 

Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, is located on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Approximately half of the Iguazu River flows into a long and narrow chasm called the Devil's Throat — the u-shaped falls seen here at left — that is roughly 700 meters (2,297 ft) high. The total number of waterfalls at Igauzu fluctuates between from 150 to 300, depending on the water level.

25°41′12″S 54°26′41″W


 

The Port of Felixstowe is the busiest port in the United Kingdom, handling approximately 42% of the country’s trade of shipping containers. The facility is able to accommodate ships that extend more than 400 meters (1312 feet) and have a cargo carrying capacity that is greater than half the volume of the Empire State Building.

51.954171°N 1.310158°E

 


 

Lava and ash billow out of Raung, one of the most active volcanoes on the island of Java in Indonesia. Raung towers more than 10,000 feet above sea level and was captured here during a powerful eruption in 2015 with a short-wave infrared satellite camera. The ash produced during this activity forced the closure of numerous airports on the island.

8°07′30″S 114°02′30″E


 

Waves rolls into the coast of Fortaleza, Brazil. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, Fortaleza has nearly 25 kilometers (16 miles) of urban beaches.The city serves the state capital of Ceará in the northeast of the country and is home to roughly 2.3 million people.

3°43′6″S 38°32′34″W


 

I just arrived in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, Netherlands. In the early seventeenth 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 at the left in 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. Hallo Amsterdam!

52° 22′ NB, 4° 54′ OL


 

Today I am heading to Ibiza, an island located in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain. Covering 572 square kilometers, Ibiza is roughly 10 times larger than the island of Manhattan in New York City. Sant Antoni de Portmany, the second largest town on the island, is seen here.

38°58′51″N 1°18′2″E


 

Clouds cover the Atlantic Ocean in the waters off of The Bahamas. In a few days we’ll be attending the Oceanic x Ibiza festival that aims to raise awareness for ocean wellness and conservation. To bring attention to the mission ofOceanic Global we’ll be featuring a number of ocean-focused posts this week. Stay tuned for more!

23.919435,-79.8821902


 

Today is Bastille Day or La Fête National as its known in France. The holiday commemorates the start of the French Revolution which began in 1789 with the Storming of the Bastille, a fortress and prison. In modern times, the day's most celebrated event is a military parade through Paris that begins at the Arc de Triomphe - seen in this Overview - and ends at Place de la Concorde. Joyeux Quatorze Juliet!

48.8738°N 2.2950°E


 

A highway interchange connects Interstate 310 and U.S Route 61 outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Because the roadways in this area were built on top of environmentally sensitive wetlands, construction platforms were mounted on top of concrete piles to minimize disruption with the terrain below.

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Source imagery: Nearmap


 

Cars wind down the hill of Lombard Street, which runs from east to west in San Francisco, California, USA. 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.

37.802317, -122.419740

Source imagery: Nearmap


 

7/5/2017

The Stelvio Pass in northern Italy is the highest paved roadway in the Eastern Alps, with an elevation of 2,757 meters (9,045 feet) above sea level. Only accessible in the summer months, the road and its 75 hairpin turns are sometimes scaled during the famous Giro d’Italia cycling race.

46.528611°, 10.452777°


 

7/4/2017

Happy Fourth of July! The incredible shot shows the Statue of Liberty in New York City. The colossal copper structure depicts a robed female figure — Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty — who bears a torch and a tablet upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence — July 4, 1776. The statue is an American icon of freedom and a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.

40°41′21″N 74°2′40″W


  7/3/2017 Kuşadası is a resort town located on the Aegean Sea in Turkey. While the town has roughly 64,00 residents for most of year, in the summer months its population can rise to nearly half a million people with the influx of tourists. 37°51′35″N 27°15′35″E

 

7/3/2017

Kuşadası is a resort town located on the Aegean Sea in Turkey. While the town has roughly 64,00 residents for most of year, in the summer months its population can rise to nearly half a million people with the influx of tourists.

37°51′35″N 27°15′35″E


 

The Mount Whaleback Iron Ore Mine is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. 98% of mined iron ore is used to make steel, and it is thus a major component in the construction of buildings, automobiles, and appliances such as refrigerators. PS - Check out our story on Instagram today for our first OVERZOOM feature of this mine!

–23.362130°, 119.669422°
 


 

For the next month I’m excited to announce that I’ll be living and working from Berlin, Germany! The magnificent architecture of the Winsviertel and Bötzowviertel quarters, both located within Prenzlauer Berg, are captured in this Overview. If you’re in Berlin, say hello and perhaps we will cross paths this month!

52.532157, 13.423783

  Check out this incredible shot of a fallen tree in Hampstead Heath. The park is located in North London and the expansive area, covering nearly 800 acres, offers a natural sanctuary from the bustling city. This tree was felled during a storm two winters ago, leaving a hole in the canopy where it once stood. Photo by Kit Oates

 

Check out this incredible shot of a fallen tree in Hampstead Heath. The park is located in North London and the expansive area, covering nearly 800 acres, offers a natural sanctuary from the bustling city. This tree was felled during a storm two winters ago, leaving a hole in the canopy where it once stood.

Photo by Kit Oates

  6/19/2017 Port Grimaud 43°16′20″N 6°34′49″E   Port Grimaud is a seaside town located on the French Riviera by the Gulf of Saint Tropez. The development consists of French “Fisherman” style houses built upon channels in a Venetian manner.

 

6/19/2017

Port Grimaud

43°16′20″N 6°34′49″E

 

Port Grimaud is a seaside town located on the French Riviera by the Gulf of Saint Tropez. The development consists of French “Fisherman” style houses built upon channels in a Venetian manner.


  6/8/2017 Lava Field Millard County, Utah, USA 38.968922, -112.472327   Pivot irrigation fields surround a lava field known as The Cinders, in Millard County, Utah. Along with farming, one of the elements of Millard County's economy is fossil digging as Trilobite fossils are relatively common in the region west of Delta.

 

6/8/2017

Lava Field

Millard County, Utah, USA

38.968922, -112.472327

 

Pivot irrigation fields surround a lava field known as The Cinders, in Millard County, Utah. Along with farming, one of the elements of Millard County's economy is fossil digging as Trilobite fossils are relatively common in the region west of Delta.


6/7/2017 Pama, Austria 48.047364, 17.034543 Agricultural development is seen around the village of Pama, Austria. The area has a population of roughly 1,100 and primarily produces wheat, rye, oats, and barley.

6/7/2017

Pama, Austria

48.047364, 17.034543

Agricultural development is seen around the village of Pama, Austria. The area has a population of roughly 1,100 and primarily produces wheat, rye, oats, and barley.


  6/6/2017 Everglades National Park Everglades, Florida 25.287296, -80.900452   Everglades National Park in Florida is the largest tropical wilderness in the United States east of the Mississippi River, covering more than 1.5 million acres. The park was established in 1934 to protect the area’s fragile ecosystem and is home to 36 threatened or protected species including the American crocodile and West Indian manatee.  

 

6/6/2017

Everglades National Park

Everglades, Florida

25.287296, -80.900452

 

Everglades National Park in Florida is the largest tropical wilderness in the United States east of the Mississippi River, covering more than 1.5 million acres. The park was established in 1934 to protect the area’s fragile ecosystem and is home to 36 threatened or protected species including the American crocodile and West Indian manatee.