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.
Brasilia was founded on April 21, 1960, in order to move the capital of Brazil from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location within the country. The design — resembling an airplane from above — was developed by Lúcio Costa and prominently features the modernist buildings of the celebrated architect Oscar Niemeyer at its center.
Nea Kameni is an uninhabited Greek island, located in the Aegean Sea and within the flooded Santorini caldera. Formed over the last two thousand years through repeated volcanic eruptions, the barren island is visited daily by tourist boats throughout the summer. The last small eruption occurred in 1950.
The street plan and distinctive appearance of central Paris, France is largely due to the vast public works program commissioned by Emperor Napoléon III and directed by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, between 1853 and 1870. Haussmann’s renovation of Paris included the demolition of crowded and unhealthy medieval neighborhoods and the building of broad, diagonal avenues, parks, squares, sewers, fountains, and aqueducts. Both the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are visible in this Overview.
São Martinho do Porto is a village in Portugal with a shell-shape bay surrounded by a white sand beach. They bay formed when a strip of land along the coast was eroded and divided by the Atlantic Ocean. Because the opening to the ocean is still relatively small (825 feet or 250 meters), the waters rolling into the beach are almost always calm.
Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco with roughly 4 million residents, accounting for 11% of the entire country's population. Many officials believe these figures are underestimated and the total population is actually somewhere between 5 and 6 million. This recent surge has occurred because severe droughts have forced many Moroccans to move into urban areas to find new forms of work. The Cite Djemaa neighborhood, located in the southeast of the city, is seen here.
Train cars filled with coal are stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Operated by the Norfolk Southern corporation, Lamberts Point Pier 6 is the largest coal-loading station in the Northern Hemisphere and serves as the temporary depot for the company’s fleet of 23,000 coal cars. As of this month, the United States is on track to produce more electricity from renewable power than from coal this year for the first time on record.
Cádiz is an ancient port city surrounded by the sea in southwest Spain. Because the city was constructed upon a spit of land that cannot support high-rises, its skyline has not substantially changed since medieval times. A portion of the “Old City” — an area characterized by narrow winding alleys connecting large plazas and markets — is seen in this Overview.
This Overview captures cargo ships and tankers moving through Tanjung Perak, the main port in Surabaya, Indonesia. Recent expansion and dredging here has deepened the waters to 16 meters (52.5 feet) and enabled a larger generation of containers ships to pass through safely. The facility’s principal exports are sugar, tobacco, and coffee.
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.
Los Angeles International Airport, commonly referred to as LAX, handled more than 88 million passengers in 2019. That staggering total made it the third busiest airport in the world last year. LAX serves as a hub for more passenger airlines than any other airport in the United States and is also the only airport to rank among the top five U.S. airports for both passenger and cargo traffic.
Stockholm is the capital and largest city in Sweden with a population of 1.6 million people in its urban area. The city is spread across fourteen islands and is known as one of the world’s cleanest cities. This recognition is primarily based on the Stockholm's significant focus on environmental issues in its budget, its thoughtful urban planning, and its decision to be fossil fuel free by the year 2050.
Brøndby Haveby is a residential community located just outside Copenhagen, Denmark. Houses with large front yards are centered around cul-de-sacs, providing urban dwellers the opportunity to live outside the city and grow small subsistence or hobby crops during the summer months.
The Chilean Coast Range is a mountainous stretch that runs along the Pacific Ocean in Chile. It extends 1,900 miles (3,100 km) from north to south, and this Overview captures a section near the city of Antofagasta. The highest point in the Chilean Coast Range is Cerro Vicuña Mackenna, which peaks at 10,217 feet (3,114 m).
Delhi, India, contains approximately 16 million residents. The neighborhoods of Santosh Park and Uttam Nagar, both pictured here, are home to some of the city’s poorest people and contain its most built-up and densely populated land. Numerous studies have shown a correlation between the wealth of a residential area and its total number of trees and the amount of green space. This Overview is a particularly striking example of that trend.
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.
Check out this incredible shot of Paris at night. Paris is often called the “City of Light,” a name that originates from its implementation and illumination of 56,000 gas lamps in the 1860s. Today, the city receives half of its energy (and its light) from nearby energy plants that simultaneously generate electricity and heat (called “cogeneration”). Thirty-five percent of the city’s power is generated by the Nogent Nuclear Power Plant while nationally, France gets 75 percent of its power from nuclear plants.
Central Park in New York City spans 843 acres — or 6% of the borough of Manhattan. One of the most influential innovations in the park's design was its "separate circulation" systems for pedestrians, horseback riders, and automobiles. This concealed "crosstown" commercial traffic in sunken roadways (known as "transverses" today), and densely planted shrub belts in order to maintain a rustic ambiance.
Two circular tailings ponds can be seen at the Guelb Moghrein Mine in Akjoujt, Mauritania. Tailings ponds are dam systems engineered to hold the waste and byproducts of mining operations. In 2015, the Guelb Moghrein Mine produced 45,001 tons of copper and 64,007 ounces of gold.
Madrid is the capital and most populous city of Spain, with nearly 6.8 million people living in its metropolitan area. The city has some modern architecture, but it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets – a few of which date back to medieval times. This weekend, residents began walking outside for the first time in several weeks as Spain’s coronavirus lockdown – one of the toughest in Europe – was eased slightly.