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.
The construction of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, involved the removal of the top half of Capital Hill — the mound on which the structure was built. After the project was completed, most of the displaced earth was replaced on top of the building where a lush, green lawn now grows. While much of Canberra was designed by Walter Burley Griffin in 1913, this specific complex opened in 1988 and was designed to look like two boomerangs. Parliament House contains approximately 4,400 rooms.
Windhoek is the capital and largest city of Namibia, with just over 430,000 residents. It is located in the geographic center of the country amid the many hills and valleys of the Khomas Highland Region. As a result, the city contains many undeveloped open spaces, including the 27-acre (11 hectare) National Botanic Garden seen near the top-right of this Overview.
Oyster farms are visible off the coast of Cancale, France. Known as the oyster capital of Brittany, this three-square-mile (7.3 km) area produces roughly 25,000 tons of oysters each year.
Key West is an island and city in the Straits of Florida, USA. It is the southernmost city in the contiguous United States and the westernmost island connected by highway in the Florida Keys. The island, which is about 4 miles (6.4 km) long and 1 mile (1.6 km) wide, has a population of approximately 25,000 and was visited by 2.25 million tourists in 2016.
Waves roll into the northern shore of Dakar, the capital and largest city of Senegal. Roughly 1 million people live in the city proper and another 1.4 million inhabit its greater metropolitan area. Situated on the Cap-Vert (Cape Verde) Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean, Dakar is the westernmost city on the African mainland.
Sand dunes cover the landscape at Sossusvlei — a salt and clay pan located on the edge of the Namib Desert in Namibia. The dunes here are some of the tallest in the world, rising more than 656 feet (200 meters) in height.