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Ansan

37.375000°,126.685000° - Planet

Ansan has quickly become one of South Korea’s busiest industrial cities, fueled by its emphasis on manufacturing. Though it has only been a city since 1986, it now has more than 700,000 residents and upwards of 10,000 companies. Visit our Instagram @dailyoverview to watch a Timelapse showing Ansan’s expansion onto reclaimed land in the Yellow Sea and the construction of Sihwa Seawall, which contains the world's largest tidal power generator. In recent years, water inside the seawall has begun drying up and will likely decline with additional land reclamation.

Durrat Al Bahrain

25.840000°,50.600000° - Planet

Durrat Al-Bahrain is a collection of 15 artificial islands, built in the Persian Gulf off the southern coast of Bahrain. Construction of the 5-square-kilometer (2-square-mile) site began in 2004 and has cost more than $6 billion to date. Some of the islands still remain uninhabited.

Salton Sea Agriculture

33.313056°,-115.834444° - NASA / Google Timelapse

The Salton Sea is a shallow, landlocked, highly saline lake at the southern end of California. For thousands of years, the Colorado River has flowed into the lake’s valley, or has been diverted around it, depositing silt and creating fertile farmland. Roughly 1,700 square miles (4,400 square kilometers) of agricultural development stretches from the Salton Sea to the US-Mexico border, growing a variety of crops like asparagus, squash, tomatoes, watermelons, and dates.

Black Thunder Coal Mine

43.645061°,-105.282673° - Planet

The Black Thunder Coal Mine in Gillette, Wyoming, USA, opened in 1977 and has grown to become one of the largest coal mines in the world. Massive dragline excavators — the largest of which holds 160 cubic yards (120 cubic meters) in a single bucket — strip away the earth’s surface to extract coal deposits below. Now covering roughly 200 square miles (518 square kilometers), Black Thunder provides the US with 8% of its coal supply.

Las Vegas, Nevada

36.175000°,-115.136389° - Planet

Las Vegas has experienced more than 4x population growth over the last thirty years — from 700,000 to upwards of 3 million people today. This drastic increase has contributed to Nevada becoming one of the fastest-growing states in America and can be observed here as the city's streets and buildings sprawl into the surrounding desert.



Merowe Dam

18.668889°,32.050278° - NASA / Google Timelapse

The Merowe Dam - built along the Nile River in Sudan - is the largest hydroelectric project in Africa. River diversion began in 2004, with construction finishing in 2009. Upon completion, the dam doubled Sudan’s electricity supply. As the dam backed up and expanded the flow of the river into a reservoir, the surface area of the Nile increased roughly 270 square miles (699 square kilometers) and displaced 70,000 indigenous people who relied on the land for farming. Because of the warm climate in the region, combined with this increase in surface area, the reservoir is now experiencing evaporation losses of 396.3 billion gallons (1.5 billion cubic meters) of water every year, roughly 8 percent of the water allocated to Sudan from the 1959 Nile Waters Treaty.

Glastonbury Festival

51.148500°,-2.714000° - Maxar

The Glastonbury Festival took place in Pilton, England this weekend. The annual, five-day music event (held for the first time since 2019) is attended by roughly 200,000 people. The population of Pilton on the other 360 days of the year is 998.

San Diego-Tijuana

32.538862°,-117.058973° - Planet

San Diego-Tijuana has grown in recent decades to become the largest trans-border metropolitan area between the United States and Mexico. The population of the region, about 3 million in the mid-1980s, is now more than 5.3 million. Ports of entry have also expanded, allowing more than 50 million people to cross the border every year — the busiest land-border crossing in the world.

Hong Kong International Airport

22.308047°,113.918480° - Planet

Construction of Hong Kong International Airport began in 1991 on 12.5-square kilometers (4.85 square miles) of reclaimed land and took seven years to complete. An additional 6.5 square kilometers (2.5 square miles) is now being added to construct a third runway, scheduled for completion in 2024. Hong Kong is one of the world’s busiest passenger airports, handling upwards of 70 million people a year.

Lake Powell

36.936111°,-111.484167° - Planet

Water levels at Lake Powell reservoir have ebbed and flowed in the last few decades, but have declined overall. Located on the Colorado River in Utah and Arizona, it is the second largest artificial reservoir in the United States, able to hold 55 times as much water as Sydney Harbor in Australia. In April 2022, Lake Powell’s water level was at 3,522.24 feet (1,073.58 m) in elevation — just 22.88% of capacity and the lowest level since it was filled in 1963. Visit our Instagram @dailyoverview to watch a Timelapse video of the lake over the years.

Tagebau Hambach Mine

50.907783°,6.523415° - NASA / Google Timelapse

Tagebau Hambach is a surface coal mine in North Rhine–Westphalia, Germany. The mine opened in 1978 and currently covers 44 square kilometers (17 square miles). Here, bucket-wheel excavators – considered to be the largest land machines in the world at 315 feet (96 meters) tall and 730 feet (223 meters) long – continuously scoop materials from the surface in order to extract coal and will eventually expand the facility to cover 85 square kilometers (33 square miles).

Moab Potash Evaporation Ponds

38.485583°,-109.684611° - Planet

Vibrant evaporation ponds are seen at a potash mine in Moab, Utah. The facility produces muriate of potash, a potassium‐containing salt that is a major component in fertilizers. The salt is pumped to the surface from underground brines and dried in these massive solar ponds. As the water evaporates over a span of 300 days, the salts crystallize out. The variation of color occurs because the water is dyed a deep blue (darker water absorbs more sunlight and heat, thereby reducing the amount of time it takes for the water to evaporate) and over time, the blue fades as the water evaporates. Visit our Instagram @dailyoverview to watch a Timelapse of the ponds changing color.

Brazil Deforestation

-10.030010°,-63.049470° - NASA / Google Timelapse

Deforestation in the Brazilian state of Rondônia has occurred on a devastating scale over the last 40 years. In 1978, just 4,200 square kilometers (1,620 square miles) of its rainforest had been cleared, but by 2003 more than 67,000 square kilometers (25,000 square miles) was cut down.

Libya Irrigation

26.972480°,22.215840° - NASA / Google Timelapse

In Libya, where 90% of land is desert and just 2% gets enough rainfall for cultivation, irrigation is required to grow food. This Overview shows a series of center-pivot irrigation fields near the Kufra Oasis, one of Libya’s largest agricultural projects. Irrigation throughout Libya relies on the “Great Man-made River” — a 2,820-kilometer (1,750-mile) network of pipes supplying fresh water obtained from underground fossil aquifers.

Chuquicamata

-22.305461°,-68.902242° - Planet / NASA / Google Timelapse

Chuquicamata is one of the largest copper mines in the world. Located in northern Chile, the facility has been open since 1882, but much of the mine’s excavation and expansion has occurred since the late 1960s when the Chilean government assumed control of the copper industry. Chuquicamata reaches a depth of 850 meters (2,790 ft) and produces over 400,000 tons of metal annually. Visit our Instagram @dailyoverview to see a Timelapse of the mine growing over time.

Doha

25.286667°,51.533333° - NASA / Google Timelapse

Doha became the capital city of Qatar in 1971, and shortly thereafter, began growing at rapid speed. The city's population exploded from 90,000 in the 1970’s to more than 2.3 million today. Doha’s cityscape has also expanded drastically, sprawling outward into the desert and the Persian Gulf atop reclaimed land.

Lençóis Maranhenses Timelapse

-2.533333°,-43.116667° - Planet / Google Timelapse

Visit our Instagram @dailyoverview to see a Timelapse of sand dunes shifting over time in a section of Brazil’s Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. Sand is carried to the park from the interior of the country by the Parnaíba and Preguiças rivers, where it is then driven back inland by coastal winds that blow up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) per hour. The tallest dunes in the park rise to heights of 40 meters (130 feet).

Osaka and Kobe

34.500000°,135.300000° - NASA / Google Timelapse

Osaka and Kobe, Japan expand into Osaka Bay as land reclamation projects are completed over recent decades. Approximately 0.5% of Japan’s total area is estimated to be reclaimed land, which has been created for facilities like the 10.5 square kilometer (4 square mile) Kansai Airport that appears at left. Osaka is the 10th largest urban area in the world with more than 19 million inhabitants.

Saudi Arabia Irrigation

30.019630°,38.437350° - NASA / Google Timelapse

Saudi Arabia has worked for nearly 30 years to irrigate the Syrian Desert, where it grows wheat and other crops. To do so, it has drilled through the desert floor and drawn water from underground aquifers, which irrigates fields through center-pivot irrigation — creating the green circles seen here. This operation, in the Wadi As-Sirhan Basin, covers roughly 7,800 square kilometers (3,000 square miles) and each circular field is about one kilometer (0.62 miles) across.

Antarctic Sea Ice Timelapse

-76.865660°,-153.302680° - NASA / Google Timelapse

Antarctic sea ice has gradually diminished over the last few decades, as surrounding oceans have grown warmer and northward winds stronger. Visit our Instagram @dailyoverview to watch a Timelapse video of melting in a ~18,000 square kilometer (7,800 square mile) area near the Ross Sea. In the last decade, Antarctica lost an estimated 252 billion tons (229 billion metric tons) of ice per year.