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The Jeddah Corniche Circuit will play host to the first-ever Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix tomorrow, December 5th. Featuring 27 turns and measuring 3.8 miles (6.2 km), it is one of the longest tracks in use by Formula 1. Coming into the circuit’s final corner, it is expected that drivers will reach speeds as high as 200 mph (322 km/h).
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.
This Overview features the Mount Whaleback Iron Ore Mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. 98% of the world’s mined iron ore is used to make steel, and is thus a major component in the construction of buildings, automobiles, and appliances such as refrigerators.
The frozen waters of Lake Michigan border the snow-covered city of Chicago, Illinois, USA, during the polar vortex that occurred in January 2019. Chicago finished off that January with 13 consecutive days of snow and some of its coldest temperatures in more than three decades.
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 delta before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea. Civilizations since ancient times have depended on the waters of the Nile to flood and fertilize the surrounding desert lands.
Lithium mining operations are visible at Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat in Bolivia. The white surface surrounding these evaporation ponds is the natural color of the salt flats. Lithium is a reactive alkali metal primarily used to create lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from smartphones to electric vehicles. The mining process begins by drilling and pumping water into holes in the salt flats to bring salty, mineral-rich brines to the surface. The brine is left in pools to evaporate for months, creating a mixture of minerals that are continuously filtered until enough lithium carbonate can be extracted.
Santiago is the capital and largest city of Chile, as well as one of the largest cities in the Americas. Situated in a valley between the Andes Mountains and the Chilean Coast Range, the city is home to more than 5.2 million people. As Santiago has grown, its position in this valley — known as the Santiago Basin — has caused it to experience high levels of trapped air pollution and smog.
Sea ice breaks apart in various block sizes roughly 40 miles (64 kilometers) off the coast of Antarctica. Antarctic sea ice extends far north in the winter and retreats almost to the coastline every summer. In the 1980s, Antarctica lost 40 billion tons (36.3 billion metric tons) of ice every year. In the last decade, that figure was estimated at a staggering 252 billion tons (229 billion metric tons) per year.
If you put cranberries on your Thanksgiving turkey today, there’s a chance they came from these bogs in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA. Cranberries are a Native American wetland fruit that are grown on low-lying vines, floating in beds of water layered with sand, peat, gravel, and clay. Coincidentally, the town of Plymouth is also the site of the colony founded by the Pilgrims in 1620 and was the home to the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. Happy Thanksgiving from Daily Overview!
Agricultural fields surround several small villages in the Fafan Zone of Ethiopia. Located on Ethiopia’s eastern border with Somalia, this region contains some small cities but is mostly agrarian. Farmers here raise livestock and grow cereals like sorghum, maize and teff—a grass native to the Horn of Africa.
Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey with roughly 15.5 million residents. As seen in this Overview, it is a transcontinental city - straddling both sides of the Bosporus Strait between Europe and Asia. Istanbul’s strategic position between the Black and Mediterranean Seas has made the city a gateway for the spread of people, goods, and ideas throughout its history.
Willemstad is a city of 3,125 in the Noord-Brabant province of the Netherlands. Its historic center lies within a 17th century star fort on the south bank of the Hollands Diep river. Willemstad is the namesake for the capital city of Curaçao, an island country in the Dutch Caribbean.
This breathtaking Overview captures the city of San Francisco, California and the surrounding 'Bay Area' like you've never seen it before! DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 satellite was a remarkable 800 miles away over the Pacific Ocean when this image was captured. The focal length of the satellite camera is 32 times longer than a standard DSLR camera, making a view like this possible. Within the frame, many of the city's landmarks are visible, including the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, and Golden Gate Park.
Venice, Italy, is situated upon 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. The Grand Canal—the city’s 2.4-mile-long (3.9 km) central waterway lined by 170 buildings—is visible in this Overview. With water so central to the city, Venice is already starting to feel the impacts of rising tides and sea levels. Living by water is the norm for most urban dwellers, with 90 percent of major urban areas situated on the coast of a major body of water.
Large chunks of sea ice break away from the coast of Antarctica. This Overview was captured on April 22, 2021. In the 1980s, Antarctica lost 40 billion tons (36.3 billion metric tons) of ice each year. In the last decade, that figure was estimated at a staggering 252 billion tons (229 billion metric tons) per year.
Towns and cities are scattered across China's Anhui and Henan provinces, resembling stars in the night sky. Several cities can be seen from this perspective, including Bozhou (center), Huaibei (right), Shangqui (top), and Fuyang (bottom). Altogether, more than 160 million people live in these two provinces—61 million in Anhui and 99 million in Henan.
Boats are docked at a marina on Richardson Bay in Sausalito, California. Located just across the Golden Gate Strait from San Francisco, Sausalito is a town of roughly 7,000 residents with a picturesque location that inspired “Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay,” by Otis Redding—a song he wrote while he staying on a houseboat here in 1967.
Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan located on the edge of the Namib Desert in Namibia. The reddish sand dunes of the desert seen here are among the tallest in the world, with many rising more than 656 feet (200 metres) in height. This image shows approximately 300 square kilometres (116 square miles) of Sossusvlei.
The Sete Cidades Massif occupies the far western end of São Miguel Island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Covering 42 square miles (110 square km), it comprises a central volcano and lake-filled caldera with depths ranging from 660 feet (200 m) to 1,600 feet (500 m). In the center of the massif is a village of the same name with nearly 800 inhabitants.
The Museum of Pop Culture (also known as MoPOP) is a nonprofit museum in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to contemporary popular culture. Founded in 2000, it contains exhibits on fantasy, horror cinema, video games, science fiction, music and more. The museum’s unique, 140,000-square-foot (13,000 sq. meter) structure was designed by architect Frank Gehry.