This breathtaking Overview captures the city of San Francisco, California and the surrounding 'Bay Area' like you've never seen it before! DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 satellite was a remarkable 800 miles away over the Pacific Ocean when this image was captured. The focal length of the satellite camera is 32 times longer than a standard DSLR camera, making a view like this possible. Within the frame, many of the city's landmarks are visible, including the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, and Golden Gate Park.
This Overview details the canal system of Amsterdam — known as “Grachten.” In the early 17th century, when immigration was at a peak, a comprehensive plan for the city’s expansion was developed with four concentric half-circles of canals emerging at the main waterfront (seen on the right-hand side of this Overview). In the centuries since, the canals have been used for defense, water management, and transport. They remain a hallmark of the city to this day.
Calm waves roll into São Martinho do Porto — a village in Portugal with a shell-shape bay surrounded by a sand beach. The bay formed when a strip of land along the coast was eroded and then divided by the Atlantic Ocean. Because the opening to the ocean is still relatively small (825 feet or 250 meters), the waves that roll into the beach are almost always calm.
A turbine interchange connects the SR 9A and SR 202 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Also known as a whirlpool interchange, this structure consists of left-turning ramps sweeping around a center interchange, thereby creating a spiral pattern of right-hand traffic. This type of junction is rarely built, due to the vast amount land that is required to construct the sweeping roads.
The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon is the largest active wildfire in the United States, having burned more than 410,000 acres (1,660 square km) in the past three weeks. This Overview shows the blaze on July 9th, just a few days after it was sparked by lightning on July 6th. More than 2,220 workers have managed to contain roughly 53% of the fire, yet at least 160 homes have been destroyed and another 2,000 residences are under evacuation orders.
Lehua is a small, crescent-shaped island located about 20 miles (32 km) west of the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Formed by the cone of the extinct Ni’ihau volcano, the island spans 279 acres (1.13 square km). Lehua is an uninhabited wildlife sanctuary, providing habitats for at least 17 seabird species and 25 native plants along its steep, rocky shores.
Plaza Mayor is a public square in the heart of Madrid, Spain. Dating back to the 15th century, it once served as the central marketplace of Old Madrid. Today, the 130,000-square-foot (12,000-square-meter) space still provides residents and tourists a location for shopping, eating, and enjoying a space outdoors.
Deforestation is visible in Santa Cruz, Bolivia immediately next to a relatively untouched section of rainforest. Deforestation in the country has primarily been driven by the expansion of mechanized agriculture and cattle ranching. Between 2001 and 2020, Bolivia lost more than 15 million acres (6.1 million hectares) of tree cover — an area twice the size of Belgium. More than 40% of this loss occurred between 2016 and 2020.
Hong Kong is an autonomous territory in southeastern China. Originally a sparsely populated area of farming and fishing villages, it is now home to a population of 7.5 million people living in one of the world’s most densely populated areas with more than 17,000 people per square mile (6,659 people per square kilometer). In recent years, the autonomy of the territory has been threatened as Chinese government has cracked down on Hong Kong’s freedoms, leading to mass protests in the city.
Check out this incredible shot of a cargo ship in Kronstadt, Russia, passing through frozen waters of the Gulf of Finland. Located on Kotlin Island, the city of Kronstadt is linked to the mainland via the St. Petersburg Dam, a 16-mile long (25 km) combination levee-causeway-seagate. The record low temperature in this part of Russia is −35.9°C (−32.6 °F).
The town of Schuld, Germany, suffered widespread devastation when the Ahr River overflowed its banks during severe rains last week. Flooding damage was widespread throughout Western Germany and the surrounding countries, with high waters inundating towns, collapsing bridges and homes, and causing the deaths of nearly 200 people.
The Great Pyramids of Giza are located on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. Dating back to 2580 BC, the Great Pyramid, the largest structure at the site, is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one to remain largely intact. With an estimated 2.3 million stone blocks weighing 2 to 30 tons each, the 481-foot-tall (146-meter) pyramid was the tallest structure in the world for more than 3,800 years.
Waves roll into Ipanema Beach in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the sand is divided into segments by lifeguard towers known as ‘postos'.
Lava and ash billow out of Mount 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.
Check out this remarkable view of downtown New York City captured by the DigitalGlobe Worldview-3 satellite at an extremely low-angle. We’re pumped to announce that we just added this shot to our Printshop along with four others. You can check out what we added here:
Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia that is the largest religious monument in the world — first it was Hindu, then Buddhist. Constructed in the 12th century, the 820,000-square-meter site features a moat and forest that harmoniously surround a massive temple at its center.
Water and sediment swirl through San Francisco Bay, mixing with the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of California. The Bay, which covers roughly 1,600 square miles (4,000 square km), drains water from approximately 40% of the state — including the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Surrounding the Bay are the cities of San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland.
The Hlaing River passing through a neighborhood in northern Yangon, Myanmar. Also known as the Yangon or Rangoon River, this waterway drains into the Andaman Sea and is navigable by ocean-going vessels, giving it a critical role in the economy of Myanmar. The river has also helped Yangon grow into the largest city in the nation, with an urban population of about 5.1 million.
Hundreds of vehicles sit on a lot at the Nissan Smyrna Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. This facility covers nearly 1.4 square miles (3.6 square km) and has an annual capacity of 640,000 cars — more than any other automobile assembly plant in North America. Many of the vehicles seen here are covered with a white plastic film to protect their finish from dust, dirt or other damage in transit.
Check out this drone shot by our founder, Benjamin Grant, of the Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Bali, Indonesia. Farming with these graduated steps makes it possible for farmers to grow their crops on hilly terrain and effectively decreases both erosion and surface runoff.