Zion’s Hill, also known by its former name Hell’s Gate, is a town on the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba. It is the first town one reaches after leaving Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, which has the shortest commercial runway in the world at 1,312 feet (400 m) long. With a land area of just 5 square miles (13 square km) and about 2,000 inhabitants, Saba is the smallest territory by permanent population in the Americas.
Huge sea salt evaporation ponds add color to the landscape of Las Coloradas, a community in Yucatán, Mexico. These ponds are part of an area that refines about 750,000 tons of sodium each year and produces six different types of table salt. The brilliant color of the water comes from salt-loving microorganisms, which serve as a source of food — and a source of pigment — for a thriving population of flamingos.
The Blue Lagoon is a man-made geothermal spa in southwestern Iceland, located near the fishing town of Grindavík. The water, which comes from the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station, gets its milky blue shade from its high silica content. Just 12 miles (20 km) from Keflavík International Airport, the Blue Lagoon is a frequent pre- or post-flight pit stop for travelers and is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.
Minsk is the capital and largest city of Belarus, situated on the Svislač River. Home to just under 2 million people, it is a modern city characterized by monumental Stalinist architecture — grand buildings, broad avenues and wide squares. In recent years, Minsk has been continuously decentralizing and more development is planned for several areas outside the city centre.
A whirlpool interchange connects three major roads by the Miracle Garden in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. When construction of this junction began in 2006, Dubai contained 30,000 industrial cranes — 25% of all cranes on the planet.
On Friday, more than a million people gathered at a peaceful protest in Santiago, Chile, calling for social reform. Originally sparked by an increase in metro fares, the movement has grown over the past several days to address broader issues of living costs and inequality. More than 20 people have been killed since the protests began, and today Chilean President Sebastián Piñera removed eight members of his cabinet in an attempt to quell protests.
Brøndby Haveby is an associated community located just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. Houses with large front yards are centered around cul-de-sacs, providing urban dwellers the opportunity to live outside the city and grow small subsistence or hobby crops during the summer months.
Subang Jaya is a municipality in the Greater Kuala Lumpur Petaling District of Malaysia. Before it was turned into a residential community in 1974, this area housed a rubber plantation for a major Malaysian conglomerate. It was granted municipal status in 1997 and has since grown rapidly into a global city and regional education hub.
Malé is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives, a nation of islands in South Asia. With a population of about 133,000 in an area of 2.24 square miles (5.8 square km), it is the fifth most densely populated island on Earth. Since it has no surrounding countryside, all of Malé’s utilities are located in the city proper and sewage is pumped unprocessed into the sea.
Vibrantly colored salt evaporation ponds are seen adjacent to Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône in southern France. This region — known as the Camargue — lies between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhône River delta, forming a natural series of brine lagoons. Salt has been produced in this region for thousands of years and is sought-after worldwide for its superior quality.
A colorful blanket of treetops is visible in Bow, New Hampshire. With the arrival of colder temperatures each year, leaves begin to change their colors, creating marvelous views like this from above.
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Bourg-Royal is one of 35 neighborhoods in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The suburb’s streets are arranged in a semi-circular pattern around a square center, leaving room for lawn space and — as is evident in this Overview — nearly every home to have a pool. Bourg-Royal is home to approximately 14,000 people.
The Grande Dixence Dam in the canton of Valais in Switzerland is the tallest gravity dam in the world with a height of 935 feet (285 m). A gravity dam resists the horizontal thrust of the contained water, in this case the Dixence River, entirely by its own weight. The Grand Dixence took 14 years to construct, contains approximately six million cubic meters of concrete, and generates power for more than 400,000 Swiss homes.
Coal trains — some full, others empty — idle in a railyard next to a pivot irrigation circle in Alliance, Nebraska, USA. The city is located in the Powder River Basin — one of the world’s largest coal-mining areas — and serves as a stopping point for trains en route to power plants in the Midwest and Southern parts of the country.
Seafood farms cover the surface of Luoyuan Bay in the Fujian province of China. Underneath the water is a vast network of lines, cages, and nets for the growth of various seafood species including crabs, lobsters, scallops, and carp. For a sense of scale, approximately 2.3 square miles (6 square km) of the bay is seen here.
The Port of Savannah is a major U.S. seaport located in the city of Savannah, Georgia. Its facilities for oceangoing vessels line both sides of the Savannah River, approximately 18 miles (29 km) from the Atlantic Ocean. Between July 2018 and 2019, a record 4.5 million twenty-foot equivalent container units were moved at the Port of Savannah.
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.
The planned city of La Plata — the capital city of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina — is characterized by its strict, square grid pattern. At the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, the new city was awarded two gold medals in the categories “City of the Future” and “Better Performance Built.” La Plata has a population of around 765,000 people.
Moscow is the capital and most populous city in Russia with 13.2 million residents within the city limits and approximately 20 million in its metropolitan area. The city is organized into five concentric transportation rings that surround the Kremlin. The two innermost rings are seen here.