Hong Kong International Airport is located on Chek Lap Kok, an island in Hong Kong’s western waters. It is the world’s busiest cargo gateway and also one of the busiest passenger airports on Earth, handling upwards of 65 million passengers a year. Terminal 1, seen here, measures 570,000 square meters (6.1 million square feet), making it the third largest passenger terminal in the world.

22°18'48.8"N, 113°55'49.8"E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe



Ko Panyi is a fishing village in Thailand’s Phang Nga Province, built on stilts in the waters of the Andaman Sea. It was established at the end of the 18th century by nomadic fishermen and is home to roughly 360 families, or 1,680 people. The village has a school, a mosque, shops and restaurants for tourists, and even a floating soccer pitch built by local children from rafts and scraps of wood.

8°20'15.3"N, 98°30'10.3"E

Source imagery: Jordan Hammond (@jordhammond)


Check out this amazing view of Monte Fitz Roy — a mountain in the Patagonia Region on the border of Argentina and Chile — captured by a Planet Labs satellite at a low angle. With an elevation of 11,171 ft (3,405 m) and sheer granite faces, it is one of the most technically challenging mountains to ascent on Earth. Monte Fitz Roy is also the inspiration for the Patagonia clothing company's logo.

49°16'17.1"S, 73°02'33.9"W

Source imagery: Planet Labs


Venice, Italy, is situated upon 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. With tide waters expected to rise to perilous levels in the coming decades, the city has constructed 78 giant steel gates across the three inlets through which water from the Adriatic could surge into Venice’s lagoon. The panels — which weigh 300 tons and are 92ft wide and 65ft high — are fixed to massive concrete bases dug into the seabed.

45°26′15″N, 12°20′9″E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


Bathers enjoy the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath in Budapest, Hungary. With three outdoor and 15 indoor pools, it is the largest bath of its kind in Europe. Waters range in temperature from 64 to 100 degrees fahrenheit (18 to 38 celsius) and contain sulphite, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, fluoride and metaboric acid.

47°31′07″N, 19°04′55″E

Source imagery: Costas Spathis (@spathumpa)


Massive yachts are docked in the stunning blue water of Port Vauban, a harbor located in Antibes on the French Riviera. The facility is the largest marina on the Mediterranean Sea in terms of total tonnage of the boats that are moored here.

43°35'11.6"N, 7°07'33.1"E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican beach resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean. Because of the city’s popularity as a travel destination, more than half of its 221,000 residents work in a tourism-related industry. A tropical climate means the average temperature here is 78 degrees fahrenheit (26 celsius) over the course of a year.

20°38'27.1"N, 105°17'40.4"W

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


San Cristóbal Volcano is the highest and one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua. Standing at 5,725 feet (1,745 m), it is located in the northwest corner of the country near the city of Chinandega. San Cristóbal has been consistently active since 1997, including an eruption on Christmas Day in 2012 that caused hundreds of nearby residents to evacuate.

12°42'13.8"N, 87°00'02.8"W

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


Deforestation in Bolivia has primarily been driven by the expansion of mechanized agriculture and cattle ranching. It is seen here in Santa Cruz, immediately adjacent to untouched tracts of forest. While tree-clearing rates are now relatively stable at about 200,000 hectares (494,000 acres) a year, it is estimated that Bolivia lost 1,820,000 hectares (4.5 million acres) of forests from 2000 to 2010. Since today is Arbor Day, we hope this Overview will inspire you to plant a tree and help preserve the natural beauty of our one and only home.

17°23'15.7"S, 60°33'43.6"W

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


The Chunhua Footbridge circles the intersection of Shennan and Nanshan Avenues in Shenzhen, China. Built at a cost of 50 million yuan ($7.8 million), the footbridge is 14 meters wide, 130 meters long, and has 13 elevators. Its name, Chunhua, aptly translates to “spring flower” in English.

22°32'35.3"N, 113°55'08.6"E

Source imagery: Jeryl Teo (@j9ryl)


Valparaíso, Chile is built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Known as “The Jewel of the Pacific,” the city is the sixth largest in the county and is home to approximately 285,000 residents. Valparaíso is also home to the country’s first public library, South America’s first volunteer fire department, and the world’s longest running Spanish language newspaper in continuous publication.

33°01'44.7"S, 71°38'46.9"W

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe


Vehicles await auction on a large lot in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1945, this facility is the world’s largest wholesale auto auction, handling around 8 million vehicles per year at more than 100 locations worldwide. The lot seen in this Overview is approximately 500 acres (200 hectares) in size.

40°08'25.3"N, 76°23'48.4"W

Source imagery: Nearmap


Independence Avenue encircles a section of the Tidal Basin Reservoir in Washington, D.C. Originally named South B Street, this major roadway was constructed between 1791 and 1823 and passes by many of the city’s monuments, including the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. In the spring, it is also a popular route for viewing Washington D.C.’s cherry blossoms, some of which can be seen in this Overview.

38°53'14.4"N, 77°02'21.8"W

Source imagery: Nearmap