The Port of Felixstowe is the busiest port in the United Kingdom, handling approximately 48% of the country’s containerized trade. The facility is able to accommodate ships that extend more than 1,312 feet (400 m) and have a cargo carrying capacity that is greater than half the volume of the Empire State Building.
The landscape of Lanzarote, one of the Spanish-owned Canary Islands, has been shaped by hundreds of years of volcanic activity. Located about 78 miles (125 km) off the north coast of Africa, the island contains numerous volcanic “tuff cones,” the largest of which — Caldera Blanca — measures 3,760 feet (1,140 m) across and 1,500 feet (450 m) tall. Lanzarote’s unique terrain and desert-like climate has been used to train astronauts and test Mars rovers.
Juba is the capital and most populous city of South Sudan, with an estimated population of about 525,000. It became the world’s newest capital city in July 2011, when South Sudan declared its independence from the Republic of the Sudan. Juba has more than doubled in size since 2005, when a peace agreement ended the Second Sudanese Civil War, but its infrastructure is still being repaired from damages it suffered during the conflict.
Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, is located on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Approximately half of the Iguazu River flows into a long and narrow chasm called the Devil's Throat — the u-shaped falls seen here — that is roughly 269 feet (82 m) high. The total number of waterfalls at Iguazu fluctuates between 150 and 300, depending on the water level.
Because many cities in the state of Florida contain master-planned communities, often built on top of waterways in the latter half of the twentieth century, a number of intricate designs are visible from the Overview perspective. Here is one particular development in Cape Coral, a city with a population of nearly 190,000 people. Cape Coral is the largest city between Tampa and Miami and has more than 400 miles (640 km) of navigable waterways.
Agricultural development encircles the towns of Ausim and Shinbari in the Cairo Governorate of Egypt. The towns are located within the fertile area surrounding the Nile River, the country’s main source of water because it has no effective rainfall. The roughly 55 billion cubic meters of water that are used from the river each year represents more than three quarters of the country’s resources for usable water.
Individual homes and agricultural lots stretch across the landscape of Jiulongzhen in the Anhui Province of China.
Agricultural development surrounds Huétor Tájar, a small town located in the province of Granada, Spain. The primary crops grown in the municipality are asparagus and olives.
Agricultural development in Stavrapol Krai, Russia is made possible with water that travels down from the Caucasus Mountains. The region’s temperate climate supports grape and grain crops.
Agricultural development in Meridian, California, is partitioned by irrigation canals that originate at the Sacramento River. On average, 9.6 million acres of cropland across the state are irrigated with 11 trillion gallons of water every year. As of 2014, farmers in California cultivated approximately half of the United State’s fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
Lago Argentino is the largest freshwater lake in Argentina, with a surface area of 546 square miles (1,415 square km). Located in the Patagonia region on Argentina’s southern tip, it is fed by glacial meltwater from several nearby rivers. Due to its position within Los Glaciares National Park, the lake is also a popular tourism and fishing site.
Active bushfires affecting a 3,000 square mile area of New South Wales, Australia are shown in this Overview. The massive burn accounts for just a portion of the 38,000 square miles that have already been engulfed by the historic burn. This coastal area of the country contains eucalyptus trees, which release volatile oils when burned, thereby creating massive embers than can quickly jump to other areas of the forest. Climate conditions have not helped matters – the warmest year in Australian history combined with lowest rainfall since 1900 created the dry conditions for the blaze. As Australia awaits the monsoon season to move south from South East Asia, firefighters and volunteers continue to try everything in their power to stop the continued spread. With 500 million animals estimated to have been killed so far, the fires continue to devastate wildlife and cause unfathomable destruction, forcing many to flee their homes.Read the full story →
Damascus is the capital and most populous city in Syria, with more than 1.7 million residents. It is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities, with its earliest settlement dating back to approximately 6300 BC. Damascus is a major cultural hub in the Arab world; however, in September 2019 — eight years into the Syrian Civil War — it was named the world’s least livable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit.Read the full story →
Solar panels sitting atop a man-made lake in Huainan, China, make up the world’s largest floating solar farm. Sungrow Huainan Solar Farm is capable of producing enough electricity to power 15,000 homes and floats above an area formerly used for coal mining.
Avola is a city located in the province of Syracuse, Sicily. After Avola was destroyed by an earthquake in 1693, the city was reconstructed in a new location using a geometric, hexagonal plan created by the friar architect Angelo Italia.
Murmansk is a city located in the extreme northwest of Russia. With a population of nearly 300,000, it is the largest establishment north of the Arctic Circle. The record low temperature here is a blistering -39.4 degrees celsius (-38.9 degrees fahrenheit).
This Overview shows the coal terminal at the Port of Qinhuangdao - the largest coal shipping facility in China. From here, approximately 210 million metric tons of coal are primarily transported to coal-burning power plants in the major cities in southern China each year. This figure is believed to account for approximately half of the country’s annual consumption.
The Danakil Depression is located in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. It lies on the junction of three tectonic plates and is the hottest region on Earth in terms of year-round temperatures. The Dallol crater, seen here, was formed by the intrusion of basaltic magma into salt deposits and subsequent hydrothermal activity. Any microorganisms living here would be categorized as 'extremophilic microbes' and are of major interest to the scientists studying the area to better understand how life might occur on other planets.
Naples is the third largest city in Italy with roughly one million residents. The metropolis is one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in Europe, with Bronze Age settlements established here in the second millennium BC. The historic city center, with its tightly gridded streets and numerous cathedrals, is captured in this Overview.
Gdynia is a seaport city in northwestern Poland, located on Gdańsk Bay on the south coast of the Baltic Sea. Founded in 1926, the port predates the city, which for centuries was a small farming and fishing village but now has a population of nearly 250,000. The port of Gdynia is a regular stopover for luxurious passenger ships and handled more than 23 million tons of cargo in 2018.