Bora Bora is a 12-square-mile (30-square-km) island chain in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. The main island, which has an extinct volcano at its center, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. It has about 10,600 permanent residents but is visited by hundreds of thousands of travelers each year.
The Nile River is commonly regarded as the longest river in the world, flowing for 4,258 miles (6,853 km) over 11 countries in northeastern Africa. In this Overview, it is shown flowing north through Egypt, forming a large triangular delta before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea. Civilizations since ancient times have depended on the waters of the Nile to flood and fertilize surrounding desert lands.
The Åland Islands are an archipelago located in the Baltic Sea of Finland. The chain comprises 300 habitable islands, 80 of which are inhabited, and roughly 6,200 skerries and desolate rocks. The province is autonomous, demilitarized and the smallest region of Finland, constituting 0.51% of its land area — 610 square miles (1,580 square km) — and 0.54% of its population, with nearly 30,000 residents.
This Overview shows residential development in Delray Beach, Florida. 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 above. According to the 2010 Census, 20.4% of the city’s homes were vacant.
Oil tankers, cargo ships, and cruise liners are moored at the Port of Los Angeles in California. The facility is still open despite the COVID-19 pandemic, but is operating at about 80% of normal traffic and is sheltering ships normally at sea. Reports from this week show that dozens of additional oil tankers have anchored outside the port along the California coast outside the with nowhere to offload their product. In March of 2020, 449,568 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containerized cargo moved through the port, down from 650,977 TEUs in March 2019.
Check out this incredible drone photo of Athens, Greece. As the capital and largest city in the country, it’s metropolitan area is home to 3.7 million residents. This shot captures the grid plan of the Gyzi area.
A clover leaf interchange connects the King Abdulaziz and Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd roads in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The city’s extensive highway network is strategically important to its oil industry and local population; however, as car ownership in Saudi Arabia has soared in recent years, roads have become congested at peak times.
Santorini, officially known as Thira, is a Greek island in the southern Aegean Sea. It is known for its beautiful scenery and traditional architecture — low-lying cubical houses made of stone, often whitewashed to reflect the hot mediterranean sun. Santorini’s primary industry is tourism, welcoming about 2 million visitors every year. This Overview also shows Therasia, Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni, and Aspronisi, four smaller islands included in the municipality of Santorini.
Thousands of drill pipe sections are stored at a manufacturing plant in Baytown, Texas. These hollow pipes are primarily used on drilling rigs, where they are linked together and plunged several miles into the Earth’s crust to help extract oil. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, global demand for oil has plummeted (along with prices and available storage space), leading to a massive decrease in production.
Pinal Airpark is located in Marana, Arizona. Historically, the facility has been used as a boneyard for hundreds of commercial aircraft because the area's dry, desert climate reduces corrosion of the planes’ metal. However in recent weeks, Pinal has also stored more than a dozen more planes that have been grounded by airlines due to extreme reduction of flights during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Kondyor Massif is a circular intrusion of igneous rock in Khabarovsk Krai, Russia. Intrusive rock forms when magma penetrates existing rock, crystallizes, and solidifies underground. Kondyor Massif is about 2,000 feet (600 m) tall and 5 miles (8 km) in diameter. A stream flowing from it carries platinum, gold, and Konderite — a combination of copper, platinum, rhodium, lead, and sulphur.
Agricultural villages surround the Euphrates River in the Abu Kamal District of Syria. This area is part of the “Fertile Crescent” — a large region spanning parts of present-day Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt — where settled farming first emerged more than 10,000 years ago. In addition to plants like figs, peas, lentils and chickpeas, this region also domesticated animals including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, cats and geese. This image was featured in our story, "Eating Away at Earth."Read the full story →
Two pandas are formed by solar panels at the Panda Green Energy power plant in Datong, Shanxi Province, northern China. Built in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program, this solar farm covers roughly 1,500 acres and includes an education center that teaches children about sustainable and renewable energy.
The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in northwestern Arizona, USA. It is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and as much as 6,093 feet (1,857 m) deep. Although Grand Canyon National Park is currently closed due to COVID-19, the Grand Canyon is the most-photographed natural landmark on Instagram.
Nice is the fifth most populated city in France, with roughly one million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. Located in southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is part of the tourist-popular French Riviera. It has one of the highest hotel capacities in France and during a regular year is visited by more than four million tourists.
The USNS Comfort is docked in New York City. We’d like to take a moment to recognize all of the healthcare workers around the world for their bravery and dedication in combatting COVID-19. Thank you for everything that you do to keep us safe. The USNS Comfort is a U.S. Navy hospital ship that arrived in New York City on March 30th and began seeing COVID-19 patients on April 6th. The ship has 1,000 hospital beds, 500 of which will be used for severe coronavirus cases — taking some of the burden off of New York City hospitals.
Today is Easter Sunday, and while St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City would normally be packed for the Pope’s Easter Service, it is empty. The Vatican, like Italy, is in lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. This Overview was captured years before quarantine went into effect, but still illustrates the quiet of a normally bustling cultural attraction. Pope Francis’ Easter Homily was streamed live today from St. Peter’s Basilica to millions around the world.
London at night with the River Thames visible through its center. As the capital and most populous city in Great Britain, London is also one of the world’s leading travel destinations. In a typical year, more than 65 million visitors come to the city.
Pivot irrigation fields cover the landscape north of Copeland, Kansas, USA. Powered by electric motors, lines of sprinklers rotate 360 degrees to evenly irrigate crops.
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, with more than 2.8 million residents. Architecture in the city is eclectic; due to immigration, there is a mix of Colonial, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Neo-Gothic and French Bourbon styles. This Overview shows several of Buenos Aires’ 48 barrios, or neighborhoods, including Almagro, Boedo, Caballito and San Cristóbal.