1. The Daily Overview posts a daily satellite image of Earth focusing on the artificial rather than the natural world, as seen from space. See a selection of the stunning photos below. Here’s Yokohama, Japan:
Bayshore Route, Daikoku Junction / Daikoku Futo Parking Area
2. Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport parking lot
3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Palm Jumeirah
4. Lisse, Netherlands
5. Florence, Colorado, U.S.A.
ADX Florence (Supermax Prison)
6. Edson, Kansas, U.S.A.
7. Versailles, France
The Palace and Gardens of Versailles
8. Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
Bingham Canyon Mine
A stadium the size of the Bingham Canyon Mine in Salt Lake City would seat 9 million people.
9. Riffa, Bahrain
The Royal Golf Club
10. Barcelona, Spain
Santa Caterina Market
11. San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
San Francisco Bay Salt Evaporation Ponds
12. Algarrobo, Chile
San Alfonso del Mar Resort
13. Beijing, China
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City in Beijing was built from 1406 until 1420 by more than 1 million workers. The surrounding walls and moat are 26 feet high and 171 feet wide, respectively.
14. Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Atchafalaya Basin Bridge
15. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Yas Marina Circuit / Ferrari World
Ferrari World — built on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi — is the world’s largest indoor amusement park (200,000 square meters) and contains the Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster.
16. New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Stuyvesant Town in New York City has 8,757 apartments.
17. Motu Tehotu, French Polynesia
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
18. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, U.S.A.
Grand Loop Road / Grand Prismatic Spring
19. Bagneaux, France
Located just outside of Paris, Bagneux Cemetery contains approximately 83,000 graves.
20. Summerfield, Texas, U.S.A.
Cattle feedlots and waste lagoon
Once cattle (the little specs in the overview) reach a weight of 650 pounds, they are moved to feedlots like the one captured above in Summerfield, Texas. There they are placed on a strict diet of specialized animal feed that causes the cows to gain up to 400 pounds (in only three to four months) before they are shipped off to slaughter. The lagoon seen here is most likely glowing because of a high concentration of manure and chemicals.
21. Dadaab, Kenya
Dadaab Refugee Camps
To cope with the growing number of displaced Somalis arriving at Dadaab Refuge Camp in Northern Kenya, the United Nations has begun moving people into this new area called the LFO extension. The camp is already the largest in the world with more than 400,000 refugees.
22. Dragør, Denmark
Dragør Lystbådehavn (Marina)
A freshly mowed lawn by the marina in Dragør, Denmark
23. Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
The Eden Project
The giant bubble-like biomes at The Eden Project in Cornwall, England, comprise the world’s largest greenhouse.
24. Taiwan Strait
Floating fish farms
25. Columbia Station, Ohio, U.S.A.
Valentine’s Day, 2014
A man-made pond
26. Paris, France
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is located at the center of 12 radiating avenues in Paris, France. Because of numerous delays such as the abdication of Napoleon, construction of the arch took nearly 30 years to complete.
27. Nardò, Italy
The Nardò Ring is a high speed, 7.8 mile long, circular test track in Nardò, Italy. Each of the ring’s four lanes has a determined “neutral speed” and is banked in such a manner that one can drive as if the road were straight.
28. Venice, Italy
Isola di San Michele
29. Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.A.
30. Hurghada, Egypt
“Desert Breath” — located in the Egyptian desert near Hurghada on the Red Sea — is a double-spiral art piece. Because the 89 protruding cones that make up one spiral are constructed from the sand that was dug to create the 89 depressed cones of the other spiral, in due time, with erosion, the area of approximately 1 million square feet will revert back to its original state.
31. Huelva, Spain
Vineyards swirl on the hills of Huelva, Spain. The climate there is ideal for grape growing with an average temperature of 64 degrees and a relative humidity between 60% and 80%.
32. Mexico City, Mexico
The tightly gridded streets of Nezahualcóyotl, a municipality of Mexico City, are home to some of the capital’s poorest citizens who have often migrated there from other parts of the country.
33. New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Central Park in New York City spans 843 acres. That’s 6% of the island of Manhattan.
34. Moab, Utah
Settling ponds of Intrepid Potash mine
Outside of Moab, Utah, water is diverted from the Colorado River into the settling ponds of a potash mine in order to expedite evaporation.
35. Donie, Texas, U.S.A.
Oil extraction wells
36. Bhaktapur, Nepal
A network of orange kilns used to make bricks speckles the hills outside Bhaktapur, Nepal. Brick production in the Kathmandu Valley has outraged many due to its destruction of fertile topsoil, horrendous exploitation of bricklayers, and excessive use of child labor.
37. Almeria, Spain
Plasticulture refers to the practice of using plastic materials in agricultural applications. This is visible in the plains and valleys of Almeria, Spain, where nearly 20,000 hectares are covered by these greenhouse structures. We highly recommend using the geo-coordinate hyperlink above to explore the area yourself!
38. Manila, Philippines
The Port of Manila is the largest seaport in the Philippines.
39. Los Andes, Chile
Los Caracoles Pass (or “Snails Pass”) is located in a remote section of the Andes Mountains on the Chilean side of the border with Argentina. The twisting road climbs to an elevation of 10,419 feet, has no roadside safety barriers, and is frequented by large trucks.
40. Western Australia, Australia
Hutt Lagoon is a “pink lake” that gets its color from a particular type of algae (Dunaliella salina). The lagoon contains the world’s largest microalgae production plant, where the algae is farmed for its beta-carotene (used as a food-coloring agent and source of vitamin A).
41. Normandy, France
Mont Saint-Michel is a commune located 1 kilometer off the coast of Normandy, France. Over the past 600 years, the island has functioned as a prominent monastery (accessible to pilgrims only during low tide), a French fortification that withstood England attacks during the Hundred Years’ War, and a prison. Today, Saint-Michel is one of the most popular attractions in France and has a population of 44 residents.
42. Vlagtwedde, Netherlands
Bourtange is a village with a population of 430 in the municipality of Vlagtwedde in the Netherlands. The star fort was built in 1593 during the Eighty Years’ War when William I of Orange wanted to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen. Bourtange was restored to its mid-18th-century state in 1960 and is currently used as an open-air museum.
43. Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
Seaweed farms on Nusa Lembongan — a small island located southeast of Bali, Indonesia — have an average harvest of 50,000 pounds per month. Once the seaweed is extracted from the water, it is dried by the sun for three to seven days, depending on the season.