Palamova, Italy

45.904892400°, 13.317671100°


The town of Palmanova, Italy is recognized by its concentric layout known as a star fort. The rationale for this construction was that an attack on any individual wall could be defended from the two adjacent star points by shooting the enemy from behind. The three rings that surround Palmanova were completed in 1593, 1690, and 1813.



Port of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California, USA

33°43′45″N 118°15′43″W


The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest container port in the United States, but only the 16th-busiest in the world. Approximately $1.2 billion worth of cargo comes through the facility each day and more than 165 million metric revenue tons of cargo are moved here each year. The most-imported types of goods are furniture, automobile parts, apparel, electronic products, and footwear.



The Green Cathedral

Almere, Netherlands

52.323157°N 5.318778°E


Look closely at this Overview and you'll see “The Green Cathedral” - an artistic planting of 178 Lombardy poplar trees near Almere, Netherlands. The “Cathedral” is 50 m (490 ft) long and 75 m (246 ft) wide, which mimics the exact size and shape of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims, France. The artist, Marinus Boezem, also made a clearing in a nearby beech forest of the same shape to suggest that as the poplars decline, beech trees will fill the empty space to symbolize a cycle of growth and decline.




La Plata

Buenos, Aires, Argentina

34°55′16″S 57°57′16″W


The planned city of La Plata, the capital city of the Province of Buenos Aires, is characterized by its strict grid pattern. At the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, the new city was awarded two gold medals for the “City of the Future” and “Better performance built.”



Qinhuangdao Coal Terminal

Qinhuangdao, China

39.933622168°, 119.683840353°


On Tuesday, new data from the Chinese government revealed that the country has been burning up to 17% more coal each year than previously disclosed. While president Xi Jinping recently promised to halt the growth of his country's carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, the new figures mean that China has been burning an additional 600 million tons of coal each year. The sharp upward revision in official figures means that China has released much more carbon dioxide — almost a billion more tons a year — than previously estimated.

This Overview shows the coal terminal at the Port of Qinhuangdao - the largest coal shipping facility in China. From here, approximately 210 million metric tons of coal are primarily transported to coal-burning power plants in the major cities in southern China each year. This figure is believed to account for approximately half of the country’s annual consumption.





Chimalhuacán, Mexico

19.435062776°, -98.968516816°


Chimalhuacán is a city with more than 600,000 residents in the eastern part of the State of Mexico, Mexico. The colorful strip seen across the bottom of this Overview is a open-air market known as a tianguis. Here, merchants cover their stalls with vibrant canopies to protect themselves from harsh sun and inclement weather.



Arrowhead Stadium / Kauffman Stadium

Kansas City, Missouri

39°3′5″N 94°28′50″W


Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadium are home to the Kansas City Chiefs (football) and Kansas City Royals (baseball). It was a great weekend for both teams as the Chiefs defeated the Detroit Lions and the Royals triumphed over the New York Mets to win the World Series. The combined seating capacity of the stadiums is 114,319.





27°14′49″N 140°52′28″E


Nishinoshima is a volcanic island located 940 kilometers south of Tokyo, Japan. Starting in November 2013, the volcano began to erupt and continued to do so until August 2015. This Overview was captured on 7/1/2015. Over the course of this activity, the island grew in size from .056 square kilometers to 2.3 square kilometers.



Burj Khalifa

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

25°11′49.7″N 55°16′26.8″E


Standing at 2,717 feet (828m), the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE is the tallest building in the world (and casts quite a long shadow!). The design of the 163-floor structure is an abstraction of the Hymenocallis, a type of desert flower that has long petals extending from its center. The building has been very well received since it opened in 2010; however, its construction was very controversial as it was built primarily by workers from South Asia and East Asia who earned low wages and were housed in abysmal conditions.



Arlit Uranium Mine

Arlit, Niger

18°44′N 7°23′E


The Arlit Uranium mine is located in Arlit, Niger. French nuclear power generation as well as the French nuclear weapons program are dependent on the uranium that is extracted from the mine - more than 3400 tonnes per year.