Heerhugowaard is a city built on reclaimed land in the West-Frisia region of the Netherlands. It lies almost 10 feet (3 m) below sea level and is home to roughly 55,000 people. This particular district of Heerhugowaard is called Stad van de Zon (City of the Sun), because its 1,500 homes are directed toward the sun to harness solar power.
Lido Isle is a man-made island located in the harbor of Newport Beach, California. There are no commercial facilities on the island other than a small seasonal snack bar, and its only link to the surrounding city is a small bridge. It is solely residential, with approximately 1,800 inhabitants.
Boats are moored on a cove in El Nido, Philippines. El Nido is located in the province of Palawan, about 260 miles (420 km) southwest of Manila. It is known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliffs. In fact, it was ranked #5 on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of “The 24 Best Island Beaches in the World.”
Long-haul trucks wait in line to exit the Port of Los Angeles in California. It is estimated that there are 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States and they drive nearly 140 billion miles on American highways every year. In total, 433 billion miles are covered annually by the entire population.
Princess Juliana International Airport is the main airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. The airport is well-known for the approach to Runway 10, seen at the bottom of this Overview. Here, arriving aircraft must have a 3° glide slope, flying at a shockingly low altitude over people relaxing on Maho Beach to land safely.
Mount Vesuvius is a somma-stratovolcano located in Campania, Italy, about 5.6 miles (9 km) east of Naples. It is best known for its eruption in AD 79, which killed thousands and destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae. With an eruption as recent as 1944 and at least 3 million living nearby, Vesuvius is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.
Friedenau is a neighborhood in the southwestern suburbs of Berlin, Germany. The streets and squares of Friedenau are laid out in a geometric urban design known as a Carstenn Figure. This type of plan is characterized by a circular road that is divided by central avenue.
Salt pans are visible on Île de Noirmoutier, an island off the western coast of France. Here, more than 800 tonnes of salt are extracted annually through evaporation. Sea water is channeled into the basins via canals, which pass through reservoirs that get progressively shallower. Over time, evaporation causes the salt to crystallize and it is then carefully extracted from the pans.
The village of Espel — located in the province of Flevoland, Netherlands — is home to 1,386 inhabitants. The farms in the region specialize in growing flower bulbs, mainly tulips. To the west of the village is Windpark Noordoostpolder, a partially on-shore, partially off-shore wind farm with more than 80 turbines.
Terraced hillsides are seen in the Douro Valley of northern Portugal. The steep slopes are covered with of grape vines that rise from the Douro River below. The region is recognized as the home of port wine — a sweet, red wine that is often served with dessert.
Brighton Pier, also known as Palace Pier, is constructed off the coast of the English city of Brighton. Extending 1,719 feet (524 meters) into the English Channel, the structure contains numerous restaurants, rides, and roller coasters.
Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. Located at the midpoint of the country’s Mediterranean coast, the area serves as the country’s largest seaport. Settlement in this area is believed to date back more than 5,000 years, with recent excavations in the downtown area unearthing layers from Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Crusader and Ottoman civilizations.
The Great Sandy Desert is the second-largest desert in Australia, covering 110,036 square miles (284,993 square km) in the northwestern part of the continent. Despite its name, the western portion of the desert is almost devoid of sand, but is characterized by complex geology — as shown in this Overview. The Great Sandy Desert is sparsely populated by indigenous Australian communities and mining centers.
Prati is a neighborhood located in the center of Rome, Italy. The area borders the Vatican and contains the Via Cola di Rienzo, one of the most famous shopping streets in the entire city.
Montevideo is the capital and most populous city of Uruguay, with about 1.3 million residents — more than one-third of the country's total population. It is also the southernmost capital city in the Americas, located southeast of Buenos Aires, Argentina, across the Río de la Plata. Montevideo is divided into 62 barrios (neighborhoods), each with its own identity, geographic location, and socio-cultural activities.
The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope is a radio telescope in the limestone hills of China’s Guizhou province. With a dish 1,600 feet (500 m) in diameter, it is the world’s largest filled-aperture radio telescope and the second-largest single-dish aperture, behind Russia’s RATAN-600.
Melrose Park is a residential community in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. The neighborhood is planned with streets in eight concentric octagons and contains 1,975 households.
The Juruá River is a southern tributary of the Amazon River, flowing approximately 1,500 miles (2,400 km) through Brazil and Peru. For most of its length, the river winds through the Amazon basin and is generally curvy and sluggish.
A patchwork of brown corn fields contrasts with snow-covered land in eastern North Dakota, USA. This image, captured by NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite on December 3rd, shows the city of Grand Forks in the upper-right corner. Snowfall is common this time of year in North Dakota, but full cornfields are not — normally all of the corn is harvested by now. Some news reports estimate that the amount of unharvested corn in the state is the highest it has been since 2009.
Large chunks of swirling ice are seen here in Foxe Basin, Nunavut, Canada. Located between Baffin Island and Melville Peninsula, the shallow oceanic basin is blocked by ice for most of the year (this image was captured in July). Foxe Basin supports a high density of bearded seals and the largest walrus herd in Canada. It is also an important summering area for bowhead and beluga whales and narwhal.