Tampa Bay is a large natural harbor connected to the Gulf of Mexico on the west central coast of Florida, USA. It is surrounded by a major metropolitan area comprised of three main cities — Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater — and upwards of 3.1 million residents. The bay is also Florida’s largest open-water estuary, providing over 400 square miles (1,000 square km) of habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.
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.
Citrus trees create fingerprint-like patterns on the landscape near Isla Cristina, Spain. The climate in this region is ideal for citrus growth, with an average temperature of 64° F (18°C) and a relative humidity between 60% and 80%.
Waves roll into sand dunes on the northern tip of South Stradbroke Island in Queensland, Australia. The island is long and narrow — 13 miles (21 km) by 1.6 miles (2.5 km) — and lies just meters off the mainland in the Coral Sea. It is covered by sand dunes, palm rainforest and wetlands, and is home to hundreds of wild wallabies.
Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco with roughly 3.8 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. The Cite Djemaa neighborhood, located in the southeast of the city, is seen here.
This Overview shows dozens of Chinese ships anchored at Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea, roughly 200 miles (322 km) west of Palawan Island, of the Philippines. Ownership of this reef and the surrounding Spratly Islands is contested by China, the Philippines and other nearby nations. The arrival of these Chinese ships in March 2021 has spurred a diplomatic incident, causing the United States to warn China against further aggressive moves in the region.
Deforestation of the rainforest is visible in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Deforestation in the country has primarily been driven by the expansion of mechanized agriculture and cattle ranching. This Overview highlights the country’s struggle to expand food production in order to meet the needs of its growing population, and the sacrificial destruction of its forests that has taken place to do so.
Salina is the second largest of the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago north of Sicily, Italy. Its 10 square miles (27 square km) of surface area are primarily composed of six volcanoes. Two of its most prominent peaks — Monte dei Porri (bottom) and Monte Fossa delle Felci (top) — are seen here. The island is home to approximately 2,600 people.
The U.S. / Mexico border wall that separates San Diego from Tijuana stretches for 14 miles (22.5 km) and doesn’t end where the land meets the water -- it extends several hundred feet into the Pacific Ocean. While the north side of the border is primarily barren hillsides, the city of Tijuana stacks up against the southern border, its Plaza Monumental bullfighting ring a vestige of the Spanish that once ruled both sides of the border. This Overview is featured in our story "Border Lines."Read the full story →
A series of border barriers draws a stark line between Yuma, Arizona (top) and San Luis Río Colorado in Sonora, Mexico (bottom). San Luis Río Colorado has exploded into a city of nearly 200,000 people thanks to its booming maquila factories. These factories manufacture large quantities of goods at cut-rate prices for established American companies. In contrast, Yuma is home to just 96,000 residents. This Overview is featured in our story "Border Lines."Read the full story →
Pebble Beach Golf Links is a public, 18-hole golf course in Pebble Beach, California. Hugging the rugged coastline of the Monterey Peninsula with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, it is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses on the world. Pebble Beach has hosted six U.S. Open Championships and a PGA Championship.
Happy Easter! This Overview shows Vatican City and the surrounding city of Rome, Italy from a low angle. In the far left we see St. Peter’s Basilica, regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites and one of the greatest architectural feats in all of Christendom. With an area of 121 acres (49 hectares) and a population of about 825, The Vatican is the smallest state in the world by both area and population.
The Montreal Biosphere is an environmental museum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The structure — a geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller — was initially constructed as the United States pavilion for the 1967 World's Fair. Built of steel and acrylic cells, the Biosphere is 249 feet (76 meters) in diameter, 203 feet (62 meters) high, and uses a complex system of shades to control its internal temperature.
Farmers harvest buckets of large shrimp on the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. This former mangrove swamp, known as Bumi Dipasena, is now the world’s largest facility of its kind covering more than 30 square miles (78 square km). In total, Indonesia harvests more than 637,000 tonnes of shrimp every year — that's roughly equal to half the mass of the Empire State Building. Did you know that 90% of the seafood consumed in America is imported? Almost all of it is salmon, tuna, and shrimp. Agriculture now covers approximately 40% of the earth’s landmass, and our food choices have significant environmental impact. After a few years of operation, these ponds in Sumatra proved to be disease prone, and the financial model collapsed. This left 9,000 transmigrant families struggling to make a living while fighting an aquaculture pandemic on their own. Follow us on Instagram @dailyoverview to see a video that shows the extent of Bumi Dipsena.
We think we’ve spotted something unusual on the surface of Loch Ness in Scotland. The lake extends for approximately 23 miles (37 km) and is well-known as the possible home to “Nessie” — reportedly a massive sea monster resembling a plesiosaur. While water visibility is exceptionally low at the lake because of high peat content in the surrounding soil, our Overview perspective does not suffer from the same limitations and picked up this figure in imagery from 2019. Let us know if you think we’re on to something.
The Sydney Opera House is a performing arts center in Sydney, Australia. In a typical year, it hosts more than 1,500 shows inside its various performance halls, attracting upwards of 1.2 million people. While the building’s famous “shell” design appears uniformly white from a distance, it actually features a subtle chevron pattern composed of tiles in two colors: glossy white and matte cream.
Helsinki is the capital and most populous city of Finland, with a population of slightly more than 650,000. Located on the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland, it is the country's center of politics, education, finance, culture and research. Earlier this month, the United Nations “World Happiness Report 2021” declared Finland the Happiest Country in the World for the fourth consecutive year, with Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands as runners up.
Check out this incredible shot by Garðar Ólafs of the Fagradalsfjall eruption in Geldingadalur, Iceland. Located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Reykjavík, the volcano began erupting on March 19 and is still emitting fresh lava today. The eruption is the first in 800 years to occur on the Reykjanes Peninsula and scientists believe it may mark the beginning of decades of volcanic activity.
Serra de Santa Bárbara is an inactive volcanic peak on the island of Terceira in the Azores, Portugal. At 3,350 feet (1,021 m), it is the highest point on the island. Just below the peak is the Santa Bárbara Caldera, which is roughly 0.6 miles (1 km) in diameter and has two smaller peaks in its center.
This Overview gives us a bigger picture of the situation unfolding at the Suez Canal. In the upper-left corner, we see the “Ever Given,” a 1,312-foot-long (400 meter) container ship, stuck across the width of the canal. The rest of the frame shows the resulting traffic jam, with dozens of ships waiting outside the canal in the Gulf of Suez. The Ever Given has been stuck here since Tuesday, when strong winds pushed it aground on one of the canal’s banks.