5/26/2015

Ancient Ruins of Palmyra

Palmyra, Syria

34.547438216°, 38.274651389°

 

In the past week, fighters from the Islamic State seized the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, Syria. Located at the crossroads of ancient Greek, Roman, Persian, and Islamic cultures, the city contains some of the world’s oldest known antiquities and ruins. The fabled amphitheater and the Temple of Bel seen in this Overview were completed as far back as 32 AD. ISIS despises antiquity since it represents culture that predates Islam and experts predict that they will vandalize and destroy these ancient ruins.



 

5/25/2015

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Colleville-sur-Mer, France

49°21′37″N 0°51′26″W

 

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial - located in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France - honors American troops who died in Europe during World War II. More than 9,300 soldiers are buried in the cemetery. Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a holiday observed every year on the last Monday of May to remember the men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces.


 

5/24/2015

Spreckles Beet Sugar Factory

Brawley, California, USA

32.905407, -115.565693

 

Another shot from the archive: The Spreckles Beet Sugar Factory is located in Brawley, California, USA. After machines extract sugar from sugarbeet roots, the leftover (and colorful) beet pulp is dried on a massive paved area next to the factory. The pulp is then used a major ingredient in dairy feed.


  5/23/2015 Recession of the Dead Sea Neve Zohar, Israel 31°30′N 35°30′E   We’re off the grid without internet this weekend, so we’ll be sharing a few images from our archive! In recent decades, the water level of the Dead Sea has been dropping at more than 3 feet per year due to the extraction of raw materials and the diversion of water to the north (noticeable here). The Dead Sea level drop has been followed by a groundwater level drop, causing brines that used to occupy underground layers near the shoreline to be flushed out by freshwater. These declines have caused the recent appearance of massive cavities and sinkholes along the sea’s western shore. Consequently, in December 2013, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement to lay a water pipeline that will link the Red Sea with the Dead Sea in an attempt to replenish devastated areas.

 

5/23/2015

Recession of the Dead Sea

Neve Zohar, Israel

31°30′N 35°30′E

 

We’re off the grid without internet this weekend, so we’ll be sharing a few images from our archive! In recent decades, the water level of the Dead Sea has been dropping at more than 3 feet per year due to the extraction of raw materials and the diversion of water to the north (noticeable here). The Dead Sea level drop has been followed by a groundwater level drop, causing brines that used to occupy underground layers near the shoreline to be flushed out by freshwater. These declines have caused the recent appearance of massive cavities and sinkholes along the sea’s western shore. Consequently, in December 2013, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement to lay a water pipeline that will link the Red Sea with the Dead Sea in an attempt to replenish devastated areas.


 

5/22/2015

Cloverleaf Interchange

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

42.848854037°, -85.678457863°

 

A cloverleaf interchange is formed at the intersection of U.S. Route 131 and the Paul B. Henry Freeway in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Safe travels to everyone who will be out on the roads this weekend for the holiday!


 

5/21/2015

Southern California Logistics Airport

Victorville, California, USA

34°35′51″N 117°22′59″W

 

The Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California, is a massive transitional hub for commercial aircraft. The facility’s boneyard, pictured here, contains more than 150 retired planes.


  Today we’re excited to feature this swirling, majestic shot - "Farmer Palette, Yuma, Colorado” - captured by aerial photographer, Evan Anderman. To see more stunning views above the western United States, check out his site here.

 

Today we’re excited to feature this swirling, majestic shot - "Farmer Palette, Yuma, Colorado” - captured by aerial photographer, Evan Anderman. To see more stunning views above the western United States, check out his site here.


 

5/19/2015

Atacama Large Millimeter Array

Atacama Desert, Chile

23.027784°S 67.754811°W

 

The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) is a collection of radio telescopes in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. Completed in 2013 with 66 12-meter (39 ft), and 7-meter (23 ft) diameter radio telescopes, the facility aims to provide insights on star birth during the early universe and detailed images of planet formation.


  I’m thrilled to announce that this Overview of Central Park is now available in the Printshop. Since it’s one of my favorites, I couldn’t help but make one for myself! Have some empty walls you need to cover? See what’s available in the Printshop and use the coupon INSTA10 for 10% off any purchase.

 

I’m thrilled to announce that this Overview of Central Park is now available in the Printshop. Since it’s one of my favorites, I couldn’t help but make one for myself! Have some empty walls you need to cover? See what’s available in the Printshop and use the coupon INSTA10 for 10% off any purchase.


 

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured this photograph of southern Scandinavia on April 3, 2015. In the shot you can see a green aurora to the north, the blackness of the Baltic Sea (lower right), and clouds and snow in Norway illuminated by the full Moon (top right). Image courtesy of Nasa.