Cars await processing at the Port of Richmond, located on San Francisco Bay in California. Richmond handles the most automobile cargo of any port on the San Francisco Bay, processing at least 150,000 vehicles every year. Yesterday, the state of California announced that a statewide ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered cars will be in place by 2035 — part of the state’s efforts to combat global warming amid a record-setting year of wildfires.
Isla Espíritu Santo and Isla Partida are islands in the Gulf of California, located offshore Baja California Sur, Mexico. Both islands are uninhabited and were once connected, but are now separated by a small canal. Despite pressure from real estate developers to construct a resort on Espíritu Santo, the two islands have been part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1995.
Inis Oírr, or Inisheer, is the smallest and most eastern of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay, Ireland. Its terrain is composed of limestone pavements formed about 350 million years ago, which residents have used to form an extensive network of stone walls across the island. Inis Oírr has five primary villages and about 260 permanent residents.
This Overview captures the neighborhoods of Walton and Anfield in Liverpool, England. Although they are less than a mile apart, these two districts each have their own English Premier League football stadium — Goodison Park (top), home of Everton F.C.; and Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool F.C. Both 40,000-plus capacity stadiums can be seen here, surrounded by the city’s iconic back-to-back houses.
Residential development is seen among tracts of palm trees and other vegetation in the town of Teluk Panglima Garang, Malaysia. In the early 20th century, this area was mostly made up of small agricultural villages, but has since grown due to industrial activity and palm oil production. With relatively new road networks and infrastructure, many manufacturers here transport their goods to the city of Kuala Lumpur and its international airport.
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.
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.
The Hoàn Kiếm District in Hanoi, Vietnam, is a hub for business and tourism. Shown here is the district’s “Old Quarter,” which contains many historic temples, pagodas and shophouses and is characterized by its small street blocks and alleys. Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and is the second largest Vietnamese city, with more than 8 million residents.
This Overview was captured above Ground Zero in downtown Manhattan on September 23, 2001. In the face of such darkness and destruction, we hope we can use this memory as an opportunity to recognize how essential it is to foster an appreciation and love for our fellow man.
Sutro Tower emerges from orange skies as smoke and ash blocked out nearly all sunlight over San Francisco, California yesterday. This other-worldly glow darkened the city, even in the middle of the day. Scientists say intense updrafts from the blazes have pushed smoke particles as high as 50,000 feet (15,000 m) into the atmosphere. Sutro is a 977-foot-tall (298 m) TV and radio antenna tower situated on Twin Peaks in San Francisco.
Elliðaey is the most northeastern island of the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands), located off the southern coast of Iceland. The island’s permanent population is zero and its only building is a hunting lodge built by the Elliðaey Hunting Association, which can be seen in this Overview on the northern end of the island. Due to its unique off-the-grid location, the lodge has earned Internet fame as “the loneliest house in the world.”
Each year during the spring and summer, the surface of Greenland transforms from a solid white to one where blue streams and lakes emerge. This melting contributes directly to sea level rise because the water that is frozen here is situated on top of a large land mass (in contrast to floating sea ice that makes up much of the rest of the Arctic ice). In this Timelapse, clear differences in ice coverage and melting can be observed at roughly the same time of year from 2014 to 2016. Scientists estimate that half of the ice loss from Greenland has been caused by increased air and surface temperatures and the other half from the speeding up of the flow of ice into the sea from glaciers, propelled by a warmer ocean.
This Overview captures the Winsviertel and Bötzowviertel quarters in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany. This area is characterized by relatively uniform, five-story apartment buildings built in closed blocks. More often than not, these blocks are quite large and have abundant backyards — some even have a perimeter of more than a kilometer (0.6 miles).
Odessa, Ukraine, is a a major seaport and transport hub located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea. It is also the third-largest Ukrainian city, with about one million residents. This Overview shows the gridded streets of the city’s center surrounding Shevchenko Park, which contains the Chornomorets Football Stadium.
Nanhui New City is a planned city under construction in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. Scheduled to be completed this year, the city aims to attract 450,000 residents and 10 million tourists annually. Much of Nanhui New City, which surrounds the circular Dishui Lake, is built upon land reclaimed from the sea.
Overview Timelapse is a photographic survey of the state of change on Earth today. With human activity driving this transformation faster than ever, visible signs can now be seen across the planet. With more than 250 new, mesmerizing images such as sprawling cities and the patterns created by decades of deforestation, this book offers a fresh perspective of change on Earth from a larger-than-life scale.
The Tangalooma Wrecks is a shipwreck site on the western side of Moreton Island in South East Queensland, Australia. It consists of 15 vessels that were deliberately sunk in 1963 to form a breakwall for small boats. In addition to providing safe harbor, the wrecks also created a popular dive and snorkel site, attracting a variety of marine life such as wobbegongs, trevally, kingfish, yellowtail and other tropical fish.
Canola flower fields cover the mountainous landscape of Luoping County, China. The crop is grown for the production of oil, which is extracted by slightly heating and then crushing the flower seeds. Canola oil is primarily used as a source of biodiesel and is also a key ingredient in many foods.
Farmland plains meet the Nebraska Sand Hills just north of Lexington, Nebraska. This unique region, which covers roughly 20,000 square miles (51,000 square km), contains mixed-grass prairies and grass-stabilized sand dunes. Average elevation here gradually increases from 1,800 feet (550 m) in the east to nearly 3,600 feet (1,100 m) in the west, as the sand hills approach the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Thousands of saltwater evaporation ponds can be seen near the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, India. Located along the Arabian Sea, this 10,000-square-mile (26,000-square-km) salt marsh is one of the largest in the world. More than 78% of India’s national salt requirement is sourced from Gujarat.