Check out this amazing Overview of the Banks Peninsula, which juts off the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. The landmass, which is volcanic in origin, has an area of roughly 440 square miles (1,150 sq. km) and encompasses two large harbors and many small bays and coves. It is believed that forests once covered 98% of the Banks Peninsula, yet — as the result of deforestation — less than 2% of the native forest cover remains today.
The Glénan Islands are an archipelago located off the northwestern coast of France. Comprised of nine major islands and more than a dozen smaller islets, the archipelago is a popular day-trip for tourists to France’s Finistère region. The Glénan Islands are home to both sailing and international diving schools.
Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany Region, is seen here flanking the Arno River. Noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture, monuments, and museums, the city attracts millions of tourists every year. Among Florence’s many red terra-cotta roofs, we can see one of its most iconic sights — the Santa Maria del Fiore, or Florence Cathedral, which is home to the largest dome built of brick and mortar in the world.
The Colorado River and the trajectory of its current flow were formed roughly 5 million years ago. Due to tectonic activity, the Colorado Plateau continued to rise from 5 million to 2.5 million years ago, thereby shifting the direction of the river. With its new path, the river began to erode the area in present-day Arizona now known as the Grand Canyon. The canyon is situated just a few miles south of the river section captured in this Overview.
NASA recently published an incredible video of the entry, descent and landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover on February 18th. The footage begins about 7 miles (11 km) above the planet’s surface and ends with the rover’s touchdown in Mars’ Jezero Crater. For the next Martian year (about 687 Earth days), the Perseverance Rover will search for signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples to bring back to Earth. Follow us on Instagram at @dailyoverview to watch the full video!
Hundreds of saltwater evaporation ponds cover the south bank of Laizhou Bay in Shandong Province, East China. After being pumped to the surface from underground brines, salts are dried in these ponds and used to produce a variety of organic and inorganic chemicals and food additives. This particular area has China’s largest production capacity for bromine, an element found in seawater that is used in agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, flame retardants and more.
Lido Isle is a man-made island located in the harbor of Newport Beach, California. There are no commercial facilities on the island other than a small seasonal snack bar, and its only link to the surrounding city is a small bridge. It is solely residential, with approximately 1,800 inhabitants.
Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, has been the home of the Australian Open tennis tournament since 1988. Held annually during the last two weeks of January (though later this year due to COVID-19), the tournament is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events, preceding the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Today, Naomi Osaka clinched the women’s singles title over Jennifer Brady, and tomorrow Novak Djokovic will face off against Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final.
The Gambia is the smallest country in mainland Africa, following the path of its namesake river roughly 200 miles (320 km) inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Apart from its western coast, the nation is bordered on all sides by Senegal and is just 4,127 square miles (10,689 square km) in area — about one-third the size of Belgium. Some 2 million people live in The Gambia, many residing on the coast and in the capital city of Banjul.
Bulldozers push through piles of coal at the W.A. Parish Generating Station in Richmond, Texas, USA. This dual-fired coal and natural gas power plant has an installed capacity of 3,653 megawatts, making it the second largest conventional power station in the United States. The plant’s owner is the top electricity provider in the state of Texas and is under pressure this week as millions of Texans have been without power for days following a massive winter storm. More than 40% of the state’s energy consumption comes from coal and natural gas, and many experts say that its natural gas infrastructure was not prepared for the cold temperatures received.
Manhattan, seen at center, is the most densely populated borough in New York City and is home to roughly 1.6 million people. With an area of nearly 23 square miles, there are more than 72,000 people for every square mile. If the entire world lived with this population density, all of humanity could fit into the country of New Zealand.
Bondi Beach is located in Sydney, Australia. One of the city’s most stunning and popular destinations, the beach gets its name from the Aboriginal world ‘Boondi’, meaning ‘waves breaking over rocks’. The beach’s surrounding neighborhood, which shares its name, is home to about 11,600 people.
This shot of 432 Park Avenue in New York City was captured from a helicopter by our founder Benjamin Grant. At a height of 1,396 feet (426 m), the building contains 104 condominium apartments and is one of the tallest and wealthiest residential buildings in the world. Recent reports of plumbing, mechanical, and noise issues at the luxury condo tower — likely related to its excessive height — highlight a broader issue with super-tall residential towers, which have been sprouting up worldwide in recent years.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Check out this Overview of Galešnjak Island, Croatia. Located in the Pašman Canal on the Adriatic Sea, this heart-shaped island is known around the world and is often called "Lover's Island.” There are currently no human habitants on the island, but it is a popular attraction for daily private tours and has facilities for engagements and small weddings.
Vienna is the capital and most populous city in Austria, with about 1.9 million inhabitants — nearly one-third of the country’s population. In this Overview, we see Vienna’s historic center with its many architectural ensembles including grand palaces, monuments, gardens and parks. The Hofburg Palace, Vienna City Hall (Rathaus), Vienna State Opera, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral are all within view.
Hutt Lagoon is a massive lake in Western Australia that gets its pink color from a particular type of algae — Dunaliella salina — that grows in the water. The lagoon contains the world’s largest microalgae production plant, where the algae is farmed for its beta-carotene and then used as a food‑coloring agent and source of Vitamin A in other products. Hutt Lagoon also provides a commercial supply of Artemia brine shrimp, a specialty feed used by prawn and fish farmers and in the aquarium fish trade.
The Old Head Golf Links is an 18-hole golf course in Kinsale, Ireland. The facility is built on a 220-acre (89-hectare) diamond-shaped peninsula that juts 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) out into the Atlantic Ocean. The course is notoriously difficult, with many of its holes extending to the edge of cliffs perched about 300 feet (91 meters) above the water’s surface.
Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark, with just under 800,000 residents. Its city center is located inside 17th century fortifications and moats, some of which are preserved and seen clearly in this Overview. At the north of these ramparts is Kastellet, a star-shaped fortress overlooking the Port of Copenhagen and Øresund.
The Nossa Senhora da Graça Fort is an eighteenth century fort in the village of Alcáçova, Portugal. Its prominent position atop Monte da Graça (Hill of Grace) made it an important stronghold during the Seven Years’ War, War of the Oranges and the Peninsular War. The fort is part of the Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, is the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the setting for Super Bowl LV, the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL). The Buccaneers will be the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium as they face off against the Kansas City Chiefs, last year’s champions. Kickoff is at 6:30 pm EST — will you be watching tonight?