The Blue Lagoon is a man-made geothermal spa in southwestern Iceland, located near the fishing town of Grindavík. The water, which comes from the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station, gets its milky blue shade from its high silica content. Just 12 miles (20 km) from Keflavík International Airport, the Blue Lagoon is a frequent pre- or post-flight pit stop for travelers and is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.
Oil field service ships anchor offshore of Labuan, a territory of Malaysia that is located off the coast of Borneo. In addition to being an offshore financial center, Labuan is a support hub for deepwater oil and gas activities in the region. The economy of Labuan is heavily dependent on its fossil fuel resources, which account for 65% of its exports.
Kastellet — or “The Citadel” in English — is a star fortress located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was built in October 1664 as part of a continuous ring of star forts surrounding the city, and it remains one of the best preserved ramparts of its kind in Northern Europe. Kastellet still houses some Danish military operations today, though it primarily serves as a public park and historic site.
Minsk is the capital and largest city of Belarus, situated on the Svislač River. Home to just under 2 million people, it is a modern city characterized by monumental Stalinist architecture — grand buildings, broad avenues and wide squares. In recent years, Minsk has been continuously decentralizing and more development is planned for several areas outside the city centre.
A whirlpool interchange connects three major roads by the Miracle Garden in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. When construction of this junction began in 2006, Dubai contained 30,000 industrial cranes — 25% of all cranes on the planet.
Waves roll in to Chicama, Peru. This area is well known for having one of the longest surfs in the world, especially at “The Point,” a spot where you can allegedly surf a single wave for slightly more than a mile (2 km) if conditions are right.
Don't worry — even though they look real, these giant spiders are just 3-D paintings on the roof of the Seattle Center Armory in Seattle, Washington. Muralist Marlin Peterson painted these two Opiliones, or "Harvestmen" arachnids in August 2012 through a grant from the Washington State Artist Trust. Situated just under the iconic Space Needle observation tower, the mural is viewed from above by nearly 1.3 million visitors per year.
Palm tree plantations surround the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Oil-producing palm trees were introduced to the country in the 1970s in order to diversify the local agriculture, which was heavily reliant on the rubber tree at the time. The trees are cultivated in terraces, cut into the contours of hills, to avoid erosion caused by streaming water. Malaysia is now one of the world's largest suppliers of palm oil, exporting nearly 18 million tonnes per year.
On Friday, more than a million people gathered at a peaceful protest in Santiago, Chile, calling for social reform. Originally sparked by an increase in metro fares, the movement has grown over the past several days to address broader issues of living costs and inequality. More than 20 people have been killed since the protests began, and today Chilean President Sebastián Piñera removed eight members of his cabinet in an attempt to quell protests.
Brøndby Haveby is an associated community located just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. Houses with large front yards are centered around cul-de-sacs, providing urban dwellers the opportunity to live outside the city and grow small subsistence or hobby crops during the summer months.
Subang Jaya is a municipality in the Greater Kuala Lumpur Petaling District of Malaysia. Before it was turned into a residential community in 1974, this area housed a rubber plantation for a major Malaysian conglomerate. It was granted municipal status in 1997 and has since grown rapidly into a global city and regional education hub.
Malé is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives, a nation of islands in South Asia. With a population of about 133,000 in an area of 2.24 square miles (5.8 square km), it is the fifth most densely populated island on Earth. Since it has no surrounding countryside, all of Malé’s utilities are located in the city proper and sewage is pumped unprocessed into the sea.
Vibrantly colored salt evaporation ponds are seen adjacent to Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône in southern France. This region — known as the Camargue — lies between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhône River delta, forming a natural series of brine lagoons. Salt has been produced in this region for thousands of years and is sought-after worldwide for its superior quality.
Akimiski Island is the largest island in James Bay (a southeasterly extension of Hudson Bay), Canada. Most of the vegetation covering the island consists of lichen, moss, sedges and black dwarf spruce, giving it a vibrant color scheme from the aerial perspective. The island has no year-round human inhabitants; however, it is home to the 1,300-square-mile (3,367-sq-km) Akimiski Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
A colorful blanket of treetops is visible in Bow, New Hampshire. With the arrival of colder temperatures each year, leaves begin to change their colors, creating marvelous views like this from above.
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Bourg-Royal is one of 35 neighborhoods in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The suburb’s streets are arranged in a semi-circular pattern around a square center, leaving room for lawn space and — as is evident in this Overview — nearly every home to have a pool. Bourg-Royal is home to approximately 14,000 people.
The Grande Dixence Dam in the canton of Valais in Switzerland is the tallest gravity dam in the world with a height of 935 feet (285 m). A gravity dam resists the horizontal thrust of the contained water, in this case the Dixence River, entirely by its own weight. The Grand Dixence took 14 years to construct, contains approximately six million cubic meters of concrete, and generates power for more than 400,000 Swiss homes.
This Overview shows colorful rock formations in the Sahara Desert, west of the town of Reggane, Algeria. The climate in this region is torrid and almost rainless, with an average annual rainfall of less than 0.4 inches (10 mm). In the summer, daytime temperatures are known to consistently reach 122°F (50°C), earning this area its nickname — the “triangle of fire.”
Trees grow inside the hull of a sunken ship in the Angas Inlet, an arm of the Gulf St. Vincent in Adelaide, Southern Australia. In this inlet and others nearby can be found the remains of more than 30 iron and wooden ships abandoned up until 1945. They serve as canoeing attractions and bird roosts for upwards of 200 species of local and migratory birds.