Istanbul Airport is the main international airport serving Istanbul, Turkey. It opened in fall of 2018 and took over all commercial passenger flights from Istanbul Atatürk Airport, which was not large enough to handle increasing passenger traffic. The airport’s main terminal, seen in the top half of this Overview, has an annual passenger capacity of 90 million and an area of 15.5 million square feet (1.44 million square meters) — making it the world’s largest airport terminal building under a single roof.
Agricultural fields line the shores of the Itaipu Reservoir — a body of water that forms the border between Brazil and Paraguay. The area’s tropical climate makes it an ideal place to grow sugarcane, coffee, tea, and cotton.
Golden Gate Park is a 1,017-acre (412-hectare) urban park located in San Francisco, California. Its rectangular shape makes it comparable to Central Park in New York City; however, it is 20 percent larger, measuring roughly 3 miles (4.8 km) east to west and half a mile (0.8 km) north to south. With 24 million annual visitors in a typical year, Golden Gate Park is the third most-visited city park in the United States.
Residential development is seen in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. 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 the Overview perspective. Boca Raton is home to roughly 91,000 residents.
Greater Tokyo, Japan, is one of the most populated and industrialized regions in the world. Encompassing several major cities, including Tokyo, Kawasaki and Yokohama, it is home to more than 38 million people. The so-called “Capital Region” also has the largest metropolitan economy in the world, with a total gross domestic product (GDP) of about $1.8 trillion.
This Overview was captured above Ground Zero in downtown Manhattan on September 23, 2001. Today, on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we pay tribute to the victims, survivors, first responders and families affected. We hope this memory serves as a reminder of how essential it is to foster an appreciation and love for our fellow man.
Clouds surround the volcanic peak of Atlasov Island in Russia. Recorded volcanic activity here dates back to 1790 and continues to present day, as seen with the ash plumes in this Overview captured in August 2019. Atlasov, the northernmost of the Kuril Islands, is uninhabited and rises 7,674 feet (2,339 meters) above the Sea of Okhotsk.
Stuyvesant Town is a residential community on the east side of Manhattan in New York City. In total, combined with neighboring Peter Cooper Village, its 110 red brick buildings contain 11,250 apartments, providing homes for slightly more than 21,000 people. The development, commonly known as StuyTown, opened in 1942 and primarily housed veterans returning to the United States from World War II.
Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, lies on the northwest coast of the island of Java. Its metropolitan area covers 2,468 square miles (6,392 square km) and is home to nearly 36 million people, making it the world’s second-most populous urban area, after Tokyo. This Overview shows the massive city along the Java Sea, with some of Indonesia’s “Thousand Islands” archipelago visible offshore.
A whirlpool interchange connects three major roads by the Miracle Garden in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. When construction of this junction began in 2006, Dubai contained 30,000 industrial cranes — 25% of all cranes on the planet.
The urban plan of the L’Eixample district in Valencia, Spain, is characterized by long straight streets, a strict grid pattern crossed by wide avenues, and apartments with communal courtyards. A similar layout was used for the district of the same name in Barcelona.
Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast. The city’s geography is influenced by the surrounding Table Mountain, Durbanville Hills, and the expansive lowland region known as the Cape Flats. These geographic features divide the city into several suburbs, many of which developed simultaneously and share common attributes of language and culture. This unique blend has made Cape Town one of the most multicultural cities in the world, attracting tourists and immigrants to South Africa.
Loosdrecht is a town of roughly 8,600 inhabitants in the North Holland Province of the Netherlands. It is known for its lakes, the Loosdrechtse Plassen, which attract thousands of tourists each year. Surrounding these lakes are hundreds of peat polders — low-lying pieces of reclaimed land protected by dikes, around 4,000 of which exist in the Netherlands.
Samarkand is the second most populous city in Uzbekistan and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia. It is home to upwards of 500,000 people and has shown evidence of human activity since the late Paleolithic Era. This Overview shows the southeastern side of the city, with its traditional mud-brick Uzbek houses built around central courtyards and gardens.
Elliðaey is the most northeastern island of the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands), located off the southern coast of Iceland. The island’s permanent population is zero and its only building is a hunting lodge built by the Elliðaey Hunting Association, which can be seen in this Overview on the northern end of the island. Due to its unique off-the-grid location, the lodge has earned Internet fame as “the loneliest house in the world.”
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York City, has been the home of the US Open Tennis Championships since 1978. The 2021 tournament kicked off yesterday on the complex’s 22 courts, including three of the largest tennis stadiums in the world – Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, and the Grandstand.
New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding region experienced major damage and a city-wide power outage this morning after it was struck by Hurricane Ida last night. Ida’s 150-mph (230-kph) winds ripped roofs from structures and even reversed the flow of the Mississippi River, which is seen on the left of this Overview. Roughly half of New Orleans is at or below sea level, making it particularly vulnerable to flooding between the banks of the Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain.
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.
Île des Pingouins, or Penguin Island, is an uninhabited island in the subantarctic Crozet Archipelago of the southern Indian Ocean. It is small — just 1 square mile (3 square km) — with coastal cliffs ranging from 164 to 984 feet (50-300 meters) tall, making it virtually inaccessible by sea. The island is an important nesting site for seabirds and has an exceptionally high density of avian residents, including a million pairs of macaroni penguins.
Dampier Creek winds its way inland to form the eastern border of Broome, a coastal town in Western Australia. Broome is home to roughly 14,000 people, but its population can grow to upwards of 45,000 per month during peak tourist season from June to August. Its 14-mile (22-km) white-sand Cable Beach, paleontology exhibits, pearl farms, and other attractions make it a popular destination for travelers around the world.