Large chunks of ice float offshore Severny Island in the Russian Arctic. Almost half of the 18,882-square-mile (48,904-sq-km) island is covered by the Severny Island ice cap, which — if considered part of Europe — is the largest glacier by area on the continent. The ice cap spans 7,900 square miles (20,500 sq km), making it about the same size as the entire country of Wales.
Shelter Cove is a small, remote community located along the “Lost Coast” of northern California, where the King Range meets the Pacific Ocean. Due to its rugged terrain, the Lost Coast region has no major highways and is mostly natural and undeveloped. The one-runway Shelter Cove Airport, seen at the bottom of this Overview, helps visitors access the area when weather permits.
The Serrania de Hornocal is a range of colorful mountains in northern Argentina. The peaks reach an elevation of 15,620 feet (4761 meters) above sea level and get their incredible colors and patterns from an exposed limestone formation known as Yacoraite. The visual variations within the rock layers results from historical changes in sea levels.
San Francisco International Airport is the twenty-first busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic accommodating more than 50 million passengers every year. In this Overview, three massive airliners are parked at the international terminal.
Lava flow surrounds a home on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma, where the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on Sunday. Spurred by more than 20,000 earthquake tremors in the span of a week, it is the first major eruption here since 1971. Intense lava sprays and plumes of smoke have caused thousands to be evacuated from the surrounding area and many structures have already been destroyed.
The French Polynesian islands of Taha’a (top) and Raiatea (bottom) form a keyhole shape in the South Pacific Ocean. The two islands are enclosed by the same coral reef and may once have been a single landmass. Taha’a has a population of roughly 5,200 and Raiatea is home to about 12,500 people.
Piraeus is a port city in Greece, roughly 7 miles (12 km) outside Athens. Since ancient times, it has served as a vital trade and transportation hub, and its port is currently the busiest passenger port in the country. In fact, the Port of Piraeus was the busiest in all of Europe in 2014, when it handled 18.6 million passengers.
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with a population of more than 1.6 million. The city played a pivotal role during the American Revolution, when it provided a setting for the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the U.S. Constitution in 1787.
Farmland plains meet the Nebraska Sand Hills just north of Lexington, Nebraska. This unique region, which covers roughly 20,000 square miles (51,000 square km), contains mixed-grass prairies and grass-stabilized sand dunes. Average elevation here gradually increases from 1,800 feet (550 m) in the east to nearly 3,600 feet (1,100 m) in the west, as the sand hills approach the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Istanbul Airport is the main international airport serving Istanbul, Turkey. It opened in fall of 2018 and took over all commercial passenger flights from Istanbul Atatürk Airport, which was not large enough to handle increasing passenger traffic. The airport’s main terminal, seen in the top half of this Overview, has an annual passenger capacity of 90 million and an area of 15.5 million square feet (1.44 million square meters) — making it the world’s largest airport terminal building under a single roof.
Agricultural fields line the shores of the Itaipu Reservoir — a body of water that forms the border between Brazil and Paraguay. The area’s tropical climate makes it an ideal place to grow sugarcane, coffee, tea, and cotton.
Golden Gate Park is a 1,017-acre (412-hectare) urban park located in San Francisco, California. Its rectangular shape makes it comparable to Central Park in New York City; however, it is 20 percent larger, measuring roughly 3 miles (4.8 km) east to west and half a mile (0.8 km) north to south. With 24 million annual visitors in a typical year, Golden Gate Park is the third most-visited city park in the United States.
Residential development is seen in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Because many cities in the state contain master-planned communities, often built on top of waterways in the latter half of the twentieth century, there are a number of intricate designs that are visible from the Overview perspective. Boca Raton is home to roughly 91,000 residents.
Greater Tokyo, Japan, is one of the most populated and industrialized regions in the world. Encompassing several major cities, including Tokyo, Kawasaki and Yokohama, it is home to more than 38 million people. The so-called “Capital Region” also has the largest metropolitan economy in the world, with a total gross domestic product (GDP) of about $1.8 trillion.
This Overview was captured above Ground Zero in downtown Manhattan on September 23, 2001. Today, on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we pay tribute to the victims, survivors, first responders and families affected. We hope this memory serves as a reminder of how essential it is to foster an appreciation and love for our fellow man.
Clouds surround the volcanic peak of Atlasov Island in Russia. Recorded volcanic activity here dates back to 1790 and continues to present day, as seen with the ash plumes in this Overview captured in August 2019. Atlasov, the northernmost of the Kuril Islands, is uninhabited and rises 7,674 feet (2,339 meters) above the Sea of Okhotsk.
Stuyvesant Town is a residential community on the east side of Manhattan in New York City. In total, combined with neighboring Peter Cooper Village, its 110 red brick buildings contain 11,250 apartments, providing homes for slightly more than 21,000 people. The development, commonly known as StuyTown, opened in 1942 and primarily housed veterans returning to the United States from World War II.
Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, lies on the northwest coast of the island of Java. Its metropolitan area covers 2,468 square miles (6,392 square km) and is home to nearly 36 million people, making it the world’s second-most populous urban area, after Tokyo. This Overview shows the massive city along the Java Sea, with some of Indonesia’s “Thousand Islands” archipelago visible offshore.
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.
The urban plan of the L’Eixample district in Valencia, Spain, is characterized by long straight streets, a strict grid pattern crossed by wide avenues, and apartments with communal courtyards. A similar layout was used for the district of the same name in Barcelona.