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The Vondelpark is a public park in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which attracts more than 10 million visitors each year. In addition to ample green spaces and ponds, the Vondelpark contains an open-air theater, sculptures, athletic facilities, and numerous playgrounds. At 120 acres (47 hectares), it is the largest park in the city.
The city of Xico, in the southeastern corner of Mexico City, surrounds a large volcanic crater. Known as Cerro de Xico, or “Hill of Xico,” the 1-kilometer-wide crater provides fertile soil and naturally protected farmland amid the ever-advancing sprawl of Mexico City. The Xico Crater and all of its surroundings were once submerged by Lake Chalco, until the 16th or 17th century when the lake began to be drained for agriculture and development.
The Îlots des Apôtres are a group of small and uninhabited islands in the Indian Ocean. Their total area is about two square kilometers, 90% of which belongs to Île Grande and Île Petite — the two largest islands seen here. In 1875, when the British ship “Strathmore” wrecked in the vicinity, 44 passengers survived six months on Île Grande before being rescued by another ship.
A container ship is moored in San Francisco Bay, located in between the cities of San Francisco and Oakland in California, USA. Recently, the Port of Oakland announced that ships waiting for docking space will no longer queue inside the Bay, but instead will wait 50 miles offshore until they receive an assigned docking time. This effectively creates a “Safety and Air Quality Area” in order to improve air quality with decreased emissions from moored ships and also increases maritime safety with reduced boat traffic in the Bay.
A thick layer of ash blanketed the island nation of Tonga following the eruption of the Hunga Tonga undersea volcano on Saturday. This Overview shows a neighborhood in the capital city of Nuku’alofa on January 18, 2022, just a few days after the eruption. Experts believe the event, which set off a sonic boom heard as far away as Alaska, was the largest volcanic eruption in more than 30 years.
Ilulissat, presented by Lindblad Expeditions, is a small town on the western coast of Greenland. The name of the town fittingly means “icebergs” in Kalaallisut, the local language, and its colorful houses are nestled into a pocket on the rocky coastline, near the mighty Ilulissat Glacier. This massive stretch of ice flows down from the Greenland Ice Sheet, releasing icebergs of up to a kilometer in height into the ocean. Here the veteran Lindblad Expedition bridge teams weave their nimble iceships through the bergs, routinely spotting seals and even humpback whales on their approach to the town.
On August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 civil rights supporters gathered in Washington, D.C. to hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Listeners stretched from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the Washington Monument, a distance of nearly one mile (1.3 km). Today—the third Monday of January—marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day in America, a day to remember his life and contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
Baljenac is a small island in the Adriatic Sea, located off the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Although it is only about 34 acres (14 hectares) in area, it contains a network of roughly 14 miles (23 km) of low stone walls — making it resemble a fingerprint from above. Baljenac is uninhabited; its walls were built by residents of the nearby island of Kaprije to separate crop fields and vineyards.
Manhattan, seen at center, is the urban core of the New York metropolitan area. With a land area of roughly 23 square miles (59 square kilometers) and about 1.6 million residents, it is the most densely populated borough in New York City. While this Overview might at first appear to be “upside down,” this shot captures the correct angle of the city’s skyscrapers.
An usually large group of container ships and oil tankers wait to enter the Port of Los Angeles in October of this year. Supply chain issues were present throughout most of 2021, largely due to a shortage of workers to keep goods moving. However, shipping delays became even worse in the last few months of the year as many retailers rushed to restock inventory before the holiday shopping season. Bottlenecks like this one at the Port of LA led to subsequent congestion at the ports of Savannah and New York / New Jersey.
Merry Christmas! Check out this great drone capture above a Christmas tree farm in Whitehouse, Ohio. Of the more than 15 million cut Christmas trees sold in the United States in 2017, roughly 155,000 were from Ohio. The largest Christmas tree producer in the U.S. is Oregon, where upwards of 4.7 million trees were cut for sale in 2017.
Colorful, metal-roofed industrial buildings line the coast of Tokai, Japan. The city’s economy is dominated by a massive steel mill, a portion of which is seen at the bottom of this Overview. Nippon Steel, the company that owns the mill, has an annual production of more than 47 million tons of steel across its various facilities. Steel—consisting of alloys of iron and other elements, primarily carbon—is a major component in buildings, infrastructure, tools, ships, automobiles, appliances, and weapons.
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), in northeastern New Jersey, is one of three main airports serving the New York metropolitan area. In 2019, before the COVID pandemic, it handled 46.3 million passengers, making it the 12th busiest airport in the United States. This Overview shows all three of Newark’s terminals and its 121 gates.
Farm fields trace the gently sloping contours of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. With some of the most fertile non-irrigated soil in the U.S., this area generates nearly one-fifth of Pennsylvania’s agricultural output—primarily through dairy, poultry and egg production. The county is also home to the world’s largest Amish settlement, with about 37,000 residents.
Sun City, Arizona, is a retirement community located within the Phoenix metropolitan area. It has a population of roughly 38,000 and an adjoining sister city — Sun City West — which houses an additional 25,000 residents. When Sun City opened on January 1, 1960, it attracted a crowd of more than 100,000 onlookers and the "futuristic development" was featured on the cover of Time magazine.
The Peñol-Guatapé Reservoir, also called the Guatapé Dam, is located east of Medellín, Colombia. With its construction in the 1970s, the city center of El Peñol (founded in 1714) was demolished and relocated. The dam generates hydroelectric power and the reservoir serves as a popular site for water sports, boating, and sailing.
Boston is the capital and most populous city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with more than 4.6 million people in its metro area. In this Overview, three waterways can be seen flowing through the city and emptying into Boston Harbor — Chelsea Creek at left; the Mystic River in the center; and the Charles River at right.
More than 50 tornadoes whipped through the southern and midwestern U.S. this past weekend, hitting the state of Kentucky especially hard. In the city of Mayfield, storms flattened numerous homes, businesses and structures, including the water tower pictured here. This Overview shows a small segment of the more than 200-mile (322-km) path carved by the tornadoes. Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee are all impacted. Follow us on Instagram @dailyoverview to see more.
After 21 races around the world, tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit will decide the winner of the 2021 Formula One World Championship. Drivers Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, currently tied for first place, will navigate 55 laps of the 5.281-kilometer (3.28-mile) track in a winner-takes-all contest. This Overview features the circuit alongside “Ferrari World”—an 86,000-square-meter amusement park.
Akaroa Harbour is a large natural harbor on Banks Peninsula in Canterbury, New Zealand. Formed by the eroded center of an extinct volcano, Akaroa—which means “Long Harbor” in Kāi Tahu Māori—extends about 10 miles inland from the South Pacific Ocean. Along it’s shoreline are several small villages with a collective population of about 1,500.