6/25/2015

Lake Mead

Mohave County, Arizona / Clark County, Nevada

36.25°N 114.39°W

 

Lake Mead—located on the Colorado River 24 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada—is the largest reservoir in the United States. The lake was formed with the creation of the Hoover Dam in the 1930’s. Due to a combination of drought and increased water demand in the surrounding states (specifically California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona) the lake’s water level is lowering drastically. Yesterday, water levels at the lake reached a record low of 1075 feet, only 25 feet above one of the major intake pipes for Las Vegas’ supply of drinking water.



  6/24/2015 Istanbul Shipyard Istanbul, Turkey 40.837223027°, 29.276616476°   The Istanbul Shipyard offers facilities to build or repair fourteen large sea-faring vessels simultaneously. The complex contains cranes that have a lifting capacity of 550 tons as well as the largest drydock in Turkey - stretching more than one thousand feet (310 meters).

 

6/24/2015

Istanbul Shipyard

Istanbul, Turkey

40.837223027°, 29.276616476°

 

The Istanbul Shipyard offers facilities to build or repair fourteen large sea-faring vessels simultaneously. The complex contains cranes that have a lifting capacity of 550 tons as well as the largest drydock in Turkey - stretching more than one thousand feet (310 meters).


 

6/23/2015

Nardò Ring

Nardò, Italy

40°19′38″N 17°49′34″E

 

The Nardò Ring is a high speed, 7.8 mile long, circular test track in Nardò, Italy. Each of the ring’s four lanes has a determined “neutral speed” and is banked in such a manner that one can drive as if the road were straight.


 

6/22/2015

Palm tree plantation

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3.189536302°, 101.497815030°

 

Palm tree plantations surround the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Oil-producing palm trees were introduced to the country in the 1970s in order to diversify the local agriculture, which was heavily reliant on the rubber tree at the time. The trees are cultivated in terraces, cut into the contours of hills, to avoid erosion caused by streaming water. Malaysia is now one of the world's largest suppliers of palm oil, exporting nearly 18 million tonnes per year.


 

6/21/2015

Wrigley Field

Chicago, Illinois, USA

41°56′54″N 87°39′20″W

 

It's Father's Day here in the United States, so I thought it was fitting to share an Overview of my dad's favorite place - Wrigley Field. The stadium is home to the Chicago Cubs and is the second-oldest active major league ballpark (after Fenway Park in Boston) with its first game played in 1916. "The Friendly Confines" are known for its ivy-covered brick outfield wall and was the last major league ballpark to have lights installed for night games in 1988.


  6/20/2015 The City of Arts and Sciences Valencia, Spain 39°27′16.30″N 0°21′01.31″W   The City of Arts and Sciences is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex in Valencia, Spain. Among its many destinations, the facility contains L’Hemisfèric (an IMAX cinema and planetarium), L’Umbracle (a landscaped walking space and outdoor art gallery), and El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (an opera house and performing arts center).

 

6/20/2015

The City of Arts and Sciences

Valencia, Spain

39°27′16.30″N 0°21′01.31″W

 

The City of Arts and Sciences is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex in Valencia, Spain. Among its many destinations, the facility contains L’Hemisfèric (an IMAX cinema and planetarium), L’Umbracle (a landscaped walking space and outdoor art gallery), and El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (an opera house and performing arts center).


 

6/19/2015

Roseville Yard

Roseville, California, USA

38°43'14"N, 121°18'58"W

 

Roseville Yard, located north of Sacramento, California is the largest rail facility on the west coast of the United States. Operated by the Union Pacific Railroad, the yard accommodates approximately 98 percent of all rail traffic in the north of the state.


 

6/18/2015

Medina quarter

Marrakesh, Morocco

31.633080724°, -7.986173343°

 

The medina quarter in Marrakesh, Morocco is characterized by its winding, maze-like streets. Because the intricately connected honeycomb of alleyways narrows to less than a meter wide (~ 3 feet) at certain spots, the area is generally free from car traffic.


 

6/17/2015

The Forbidden City

Beijing, China

39°54′53″N 116°23′26″E

 

The Forbidden City in Beijing, China was built from 1406 until 1420 by more than one million workers. The palace complex, which contains 9,999 rooms, is surrounded by walls and a moat that are 26 feet high and 171 feet wide, respectively.


 

6/16/2015

Center-pivot irrigation

Wadi As-Sirhan Basin, Saudi Arabia

30.089890096°, 38.271806556°

 

Center pivot irrigation is used throughout the Wadi As-Sirhan Basin of Saudi Arabia. Water is mined from depths as great as one kilometer (~3,000 ft), pumped to the surface, and evenly distributed by sprinklers that rotate 360 degrees. Spurred by a government effort to strengthen its agriculture sector, cultivated land in the country grew from 400,000 acres in 1976 to more than 8 million acres by 1993. The diameter of the fields you see here are approximately three kilometers (1.9 miles) across.