Colorful fall foliage is seen in Bow, New Hampshire, USA. Around this time of year, with the arrival of colder temperatures, leaves begin to change their colors, thereby creating this marvelous and fleeting view. Visiting this part of the country to observe the magnifcent landscapes is known as “leaf peeping.”
Saltwater evaporation ponds surround Areia Branca, a coastal city near the northeastern tip of Brazil. Areia Branca is one of the most important salt production hubs in the country, with an average annual yield of 5.5 million tons — around 98% of Brazil’s total production. Salt collected here is used in thousands of different products, including food, cosmetics and industrial chemicals.
Muri Lagoon is a kilometer-wide (0.62 miles) lagoon on the southeastern coast of Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands. It is a significant tourist attraction to the region, despite being heavily polluted with nitrogen from agricultural runoff and leaking septic tanks — so much that it was declared a natural disaster in 2015. Rarotonga is the largest and most populous of the 15 Cook Islands, a self-governing country in the South Pacific Ocean.
Bern is the capital of Switzerland, referred to by the Swiss as their “federal city” because it is the seat of the nation’s parliament. The Old City of Bern, seen here, is situated on a crook of the Aare River and more modern neighborhoods have sprouted up in surrounding areas. Bern has a population of about 140,000, making it the fifth-most populous city in Switzerland.
The Port of Savannah, on the coast of Georgia, is the fourth-largest seaport in the United States. In recent weeks, it has faced a consistent backlog of roughly 20 ships awaiting berth space as a result of a significant increase of incoming container ships. The logjam in Savannah reflects similar congestion at other large U.S. ports - including Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New York / New Jersey - which experts believe is the result of many retailers rushing to restock inventory before the holidays.
Powderhorn Park is a residential neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, consisting mostly of single-family homes, duplexes and some low-rise apartment buildings. The community's eponymous park system and lake — shown at the center of this Overview — hosts local sporting events, community education classes, and ice skating in the winter.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are a small tropical archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, just north of the Caribbean Sea. This Overview focuses on the Caicos Islands group, which surrounds a shallow, turquoise-colored sea atop an underwater plateau. The Turks and Caicos, a British Overseas Territory, have a combined population of about 40,000 and welcomed nearly 1.6 million visitors in 2019.
Lava flows into the Atlantic Ocean on the ever-expanding coastline of La Palma in the Canary Islands. After three weeks, eruptions continue from the Cumbre Vieja Volcano and this low-angle satellite image captures the lava field that has scorched through the landscape. Lava now covers more than 1,000 acres (420 hectares) and has forced the evacuation of at least 6,000 residents.
Beijing South Railway Station is the largest train station in the Chinese capital — its 24 platforms have the capacity to dispatch 30,000 passengers per hour, or 241 million per year. The station also serves as the terminus for high-speed routes to Tianjin and Shanghai, on which trains can reach speeds up to 350 kilometres (217 miles) per hour.
Amazing layered rock patterns are visible on the Adrar Plateau, near the town of Atar in northwestern Mauritania. Located within the Sahara Desert, the Adrar is an arid plateau known for its gorges, stony deserts and sand dunes. Cave and rock paintings show that this region was settled in the Neolithic era about 12,000 years ago — today, around 62,000 people live in the Adrar Region.
Radiating streets surround the Plaza Del Ejecutivo in the Venustiano Carranza district of Mexico City, Mexico. This district — which is home to more than 430,000 people — contains three of Mexico City’s large traditional markets: La Merced, Mercado de Sonora, and Mercado Jamaica.
Sorry for the delay…our post is up later than usual following today’s worldwide outage of Facebook and its products like Instagram. Here’s an Overview of Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, covering more than 250 acres on the edge of the brightly colored salt ponds (due to algae) of San Francisco Bay. We’ll be back with a regularly scheduled Overview tomorrow!
The wreck of the SS Maheno can be found on the east coast of Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia. The ship — which was washed ashore by a cyclone in 1935 — was an ocean liner that made regular crossings between New Zealand and Australia in the early 20th century. The 5,000-ton steel-hulled ship has slowly disintegrated over the years and remains a popular tourist attraction.
Playa del Palo is a beach on the western coastline of Málaga, Spain. It is about three-quarters of a mile long (1.2 km) and its fine sand, moderate swells and shallow waters make it a popular swimming spot for families. Playa del Palo is one of many beaches in Spain’s Costa del Sol (“Coast of the Sun”) region, a world-renowned tourist destination.
Lava flows from Cumbre Vieja volcano on the coast of La Palma in the Canary Islands. The image, taken around midnight on September 30th, shows the volcano’s vent at the top and smoke billowing at bottom, where lava enters into the Atlantic Ocean roughly five miles (8 km) away. As this process continues, the area of La Palma has already grown several hundred acres.
The Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California, USA contains an aircraft boneyard with more than 150 retired planes. Because the demand for jumbo jets has dropped significantly in the last two decades in favor of smaller, more affordable twin-engine planes, many large aircrafts such as Boeing 747s have been retired. The dry conditions in Victorville – located on the edge of the Mojave Desert – limits the corrosion of metal, meaning planes can be stored here for years while they are stripped for spare parts.
Guadalajara is the capital of and largest city in the Mexican state of Jalisco, with upwards of 5 million people living in its metropolitan area. It is also the second most densely populated municipality in in Mexico, behind Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl. Guadalajara is a cultural hub, considered by many to be the home of mariachi music.
Mont Saint-Michel is a commune built one kilometer (0.6 miles) off the coast of Normandy, France. Over the past 600 years, the island has functioned as a monastery (accessible to pilgrims only during low tide), a French fortification that withstood English attacks during the Hundred Years’ War, and a prison.Today, Saint-Michel is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
Manhattan, seen at center, is the most densely populated borough in New York City and is home to roughly 1.6 million people. With a land area of roughly 23 square miles (59 square kilometers) and about 1.6 million residents, there are approximately 72,000 people here for every square mile.
Large chunks of ice float offshore Severny Island in the Russian Arctic. Almost half of the 18,882-square-mile (48,904-sq-km) island is covered by the Severny Island ice cap, which — if considered part of Europe — is the largest glacier by area on the continent. The ice cap spans 7,900 square miles (20,500 sq km), making it about the same size as the entire country of Wales.