Marseille is a port city in southern France, located on the Mediterranean Sea. It has been a hub of immigration and trade since its founding by the Greeks around 600 B.C., and today is France’s largest port for both commerce and cruise ships. Marseille is home to about 1.5 million people and has numerous theaters, art galleries, cinemas, museums and other cultural attractions.
The Juruá River is a southern tributary of the Amazon River, flowing approximately 1,500 miles (2,400 km) through Brazil and Peru. For most of its length, the river winds through the Amazon basin and is generally curvy and sluggish.
Check out this amazing view of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, captured by a Planet satellite at a low angle. Riyadh is Saudi Arabia’s capital and most populous city, with more than 7.6 million residents. At the center of this Overview is the King Abdullah Financial District, a $10 billion development project that began in 2006 and is expected to host this year’s Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in November.
Kayakers and paddle boarders float down a channel in the Bonneville Salt Flats of northwestern Utah, USA. Salt flats (also known as salt pans) are formed when a body of water evaporates, leaving behind a surface of salt and other minerals. This aqueduct transports saltwater to nearby evaporation ponds where potash is extracted and used as fertilizer. Covering about 40 square miles (100 square km), Bonneville is the largest of many salt pans located west of the Great Salt Lake.
Waves of the Pacific Ocean roll into Bolinas, California, roughly 20 miles (32 km) northwest of San Francisco. Known for its reclusive residents, the town is only accessible via unmarked roads and, in 1989, its inhabitants voted to discontinue road signs directing travelers into town. Bolinas is home to about 1,620 people.
Henderson Island is a 14.4-square-mile, uninhabited landmass in the South Pacific Ocean. Studies have shown that this area has a higher density of plastic wash up on its shores than any other place on the globe. It is estimated that the island’s shores contain 37.7 million items of debris, weighing a total of 17.6 tons.
Northumberlandia, or “Lady of the North,” is a massive land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure near the town of Cramlington in northern England. Completed in 2012, the sculpture is made of 1.5 million metric tonnes of earth removed from the neighboring Shotton Surface Mine. It is 112 feet (34 m) high and 1,300 feet (400 m) long.
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, constructed sometime between 3000 and 2000 BC. This week, researchers announced they had finally traced the origin of its giant sarsen stones to the West Woods, a forested area about 15 miles (24 km) away in the town of Marlborough. These massive stones, which make up Stonehenge’s central horseshoe, stand up to 23 feet (7 m) tall and weigh up to 30 tonnes.
The Barbours Cut Container Terminal in Morgan’s Point, Texas, is one of the busiest facilities operated by the Port of Houston. Located on Galveston Bay with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, the terminal has six berths and 6,000 feet (1,828 m) of continuous dock space. In 2019, Barbours Cut and Bayport — the Port of Houston’s second container terminal — handled a collective 2,987,281 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo.
Dendritic drainage systems are seen around the Shadegan Lagoon by Musa Bay in Iran. The word ‘dendritic’ refers to the pools’ resemblance to the branches of a tree, and this pattern develops when streams move across relatively flat and uniform rocks, or over a surface that resists erosion.
A solar panel “fish” is seen amid a large array on Tiangang Lake in Jiangsu Province, eastern China. This solar project, which covers nearly half of the lake’s perimeter, is a combination of a fishery and a photovoltaic power plant with a capacity of 500,000 kilowatts. China added a reported 30 gigawatts of solar capacity in 2019, and solar was the only form of energy production that did not decline during the nation’s coronavirus lockdown in January and February 2020.
Dakar is the capital and largest city of Senegal, with more than 2.4 million people in its metropolitan area. Situated on the Cap-Vert Peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean, it is the westernmost city on the African mainland. Its coastal position at the crossroad of the major sea-lanes linking Europe and South America make Dakar a popular port of call for shipping vessels.
Pembrokeshire is a county in the south west of Wales. The county is home to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only coastal national park of its kind in the United Kingdom, which includes a 186-mile walking trail, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. In the north of the county are the Preseli Hills, a wide stretch of high moorland with many prehistoric sites and the probable source of the bluestones that were used in the construction of the inner circle of Stonehenge in England.
Since January, massive wildfires have blazed through Siberia, Russia, exacerbated by record-breaking heat waves in the region. An estimated 47 million acres (19 million hectares) of forests and fields have burned, which is an area larger than the nation of Greece. Wildfires in Siberia have become annual occurrences; however, the extent of this year's fires have heightened concerns among environmentalists about the accelerated melting of the Arctic. In the Krasnoyarsk region, where this image was captured, towns well north of the Arctic Circle have reported high temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are upwards of 800,000 lakes in Russia's Sakha Republic, many of which are found clustered in its northeastern corner. Sakha, also known as Yakutia, is the most expansive subnational entity in the world, covering nearly 1.2 million square miles (3.1 million square km) -- an area almost equal in size to India. About 40% of the republic is north of the Arctic Circle and covered by permafrost, which keeps many of its lakes frozen for 9-10 months of the year.
Honolulu is the capital and largest city in the U.S. state of Hawaii. Located along the southeastern coast of Oahu Island, it is the most remote city of its size in the world. The Honolulu Volcanic Series is partially located inside the city, and Diamond Head — a prominent volcanic cone — is visible in this Overview along the southern coast.
The Oosterscheldekering (Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier) is the largest in a series of 13 dams designed to protect the Netherlands from North Sea flooding. It spans about 5.6 miles (9 km) between the islands of Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland, containing large sluicegate-type doors that can be closed under adverse weather conditions. Designed to last more than 200 years, the Oosterscheldekering is sometimes referred to as the eighth Wonder of the World.
432 Park Avenue in New York City captured from a helicopter by our founder Benjamin Grant . At a height of 1,396 ft (426 m), the building contains 104 condominium apartments and stands as the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. The structure is so thin and so tall (1:15 width to height ratio) that in order to achieve stability, two levels are left completely exposed every 12 floors so that wind passes through and the building sways less.
Clear blue water fills the Pingyuan Reservoir, located just outside of Zhaodong City in northeastern China. Water stored here serves the more than 100,000 inhabitants of Zhaodong and surrounding farms of Heilongjiang Province, which grow soybeans, maize, wheat, potatoes, beets and flax. For a sense of scale, the Pingyuan Reservoir covers about 1.32 square miles (3.4 square kilometers) — roughly the same area as Central Park in Manhattan.
La Latina is a neighborhood located in the center of Madrid, Spain. The area was named after an old hospital of the same name that was founded in 1499. In the lower left of this Overview, you can also see the popular Mercado de la Cebada market, with its six-panel, multi-colored rooftop.