Satellite Images of Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia

olympics sochi russiaPleiades-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Ski Resort Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

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sochi russia olympicsPleiades-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Fisht Olympic Stadium Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

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The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia, officially known as the XXII Olympic Winter Games is a major international multi-sport event. Sochi was selected as the host city in July 2007, during the 119th IOC Session held in Guatemala City. It is the first Olympics in Russia since the breakup of the USSR in 1991. The USSR was the host nation for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

A total of 98 events in 15 winter sport disciplines are being held during the Games. A number of new competitions—a total of 12 accounting for gender—are being held during the Games, including biathlon mixed relay, women’s ski jumping, mixed-team figure skating, mixed-team luge, half-pipe skiing, ski and snowboard slopestyle, and snowboard parallel slalom. The events are being held around two clusters of new venues; an Olympic Park constructed in Sochi’s Imeretinsky Valley on the coast of the Black Sea, with Fisht Olympic Stadium and the Games’ indoor venues located within walking distance, and snow events in the resort settlement of Krasnaya Polyana. To view a 360 degree panoramic view, visit here.

Satellite Image of the Malosmadulu Atolls Maldives

Malosmadulu_Atolls,_MaldivesASTER (15m) Satellite Image of the Malosmadulu Atolls Maldives

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North and South Malosmadulu Atolls, Maldives, an island republic in the northern Indian Ocean, southwest of India. The Maldives are made up of a chain of 1,192 small coral islands, which are grouped into clusters of atolls. It has a total area of 298 square kilometers and a population of about 330,000. The capital and largest city is Male, with a population of about 80,000. Arguably the lowest-lying country in the world, the average elevation is just 1 meter above sea level.

Maldives waters are home to several ecosystems, but are most noted for their variety of colorful coral reefs, home to 1100 species of fish, 5 species of sea turtles, 21 species of whales and dolphins, 187 species of corals, 400 species of molluscs, and 83 species of echinoderms. Many crustacean species are there as well: 120 copepod, 15 amphipod as well as over 145 crab and 48 shrimp species.

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Satellite Image of “Wish” Art by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

satellite image wishGeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of “Wish” by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

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Satellite image of “Wish” art by Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada a portrait of a young girl making a wish covers eleven acres of the Titanic quarter of Belfast. Approximately 30,000 wooden pegs, 2,000 tons of soil, 2,000 tons of sand, plus grass, stones and strings were used to make the portrait. Adjacent buildings allow viewings until December 2013, but it is most comfortably viewed by aerial or satellite photo.

Wish was eighteen months in the planning, and one month in execution, with a huge team of volunteers. As Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada had envisioned, the Belfast community very much collaborated with and supported the project, from construction companies to the fire brigade. The portrait is based on a photo of an anonymous six-year-old Belfast girl that he had taken on one of his many trips to get to know and love the city in the prior eighteen months. Rodríguez-Gerada wanted to lift the pure moment of a child’s wish to the magnitude of a universal statement, particularly in the context of city like Belfast. For the artist it was the enormity of people coming together in support on such a large scale that amplified such a simple moment to a profound level.

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada is a Cuban American contemporary artist. He is a founder of the New York Culture Jamming movement and an innovator in the international urban art scene. Since the late 90´s he has been replacing the faces of cultural icons chosen by advertisers with the faces of anonymous people to question the controls imposed on public space, the role models designated and the type of events that are guarded by the collective memory.

Rodríguez-Gerada´s unique direction was mentioned in Naomi Klein´s book No Logo and was a precursor of the use of anonymous portraits now common in street art. His spectacular interventions are created for the sake of bringing awareness to relevant social issues. His large scale time base works avoid negative impact on the environment, challenge the conformity in contemporary art and allow for a reflection that goes beyond the completion of the piece to focus in its concept, process, and the metaphor that comes forth because of the material chosen. Visit Jorge’s website and more works of art.

Satellite Image of Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Satellite Image Mount RushmorePleiades (0.5m) Satellite Image of Mount Rushmore National Memorial – Pennington County, South Dakota

Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln

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Pleiades satellite image of Mount Rushmore National Memorial a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is host to almost three million visitors a year from across the country and around the world. They come to marvel at the majestic beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota and to learn about the birth, growth, development and the preservation of America. Over the decades, Mount Rushmore has grown in fame as a symbol of America a symbol of freedom and hope for people from all cultures and backgrounds.

“The purpose of the memorial is to communicate the founding, expansion, preservation, and unification of the United States with colossal statues of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.” – Gutzon Borglum

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Satellite Images of Typhoon Haiyan Before and After

typhoon haiyanWorldView-2 (0.5m) Satellite Images Before and After Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines

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The above WorldView-2 satellite image shows Typhoon Haiyan’s path of destruction causing widespread devastation when it struck the Philippines on November 7, 2013. With maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 km/h) and a storm surge of 20 feet, the typhoon is among the strongest ever to make landfall.

Military, government and international relief agencies are trying to get emergency aid to the worst-hit areas but rescue efforts have been difficult due to damage to roads and airports.

An estimate of up to 10,000 or more people have died in Tacloban city and elsewhere with hundreds of thousands of people displaced seeking for food and water and running out of time.

Satellite Image of Costa Concordia Recovery

 costa_concordiaPleiades (0.5m) Satellite Image of Costa Concordia Recovery

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Satellite image of Costa Concordia recovery operations that took 19 hours and the the ship at the time was two-thirds underwater and was put on underwater platforms.

There were more than 25 nationalities who worked lifting the 115,000 ton ship, using a technique known as “parbuckling”.

The salvage of the Costa Concordia so far has cost 600 million euros.

Costa Concordia a $450 million ship was just two hours into a week-long Mediterranean cruise when it collided with a rocky shoal off the island of Giglio on January 13, 2012, tearing open a huge hole that forced the evacuation of its 4,200 passengers and crew and killing 32.

The captain of the ship is on trial for alleged manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship during a panic-stricken evacuation.

To watch a video footage of searching the Concordia underwater, visit here.

Timelapse Video of Recovery Operations

Satellite Image of Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

satellite image mount nimbaSPOT-6 (1.5m) Satellite Image of Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve,Guinea

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Mount Nimba is a protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site in both Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire. A further extension of the reserve to include areas in Liberia has also been proposed. The park includes significant portions of Mount Nimba, a geographically unique area with more than 200 endemic species. These species include multiple types of duikers, big cats, civets, Chimpanzees, and several types of viviparous toads.

Mount Nimba serves as refugium for numerous Western African species. Mountains contain species rich tropical forest at the height of 600 – 1000 meters and montane grassland at the heights exceeding 1000 meters. Here have been found more than 2000 species of vascular plants.

The nearest major settlements are the town Yekepa to the west in Liberia, Bossou and N’Zoo in Guinea.

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Satellite Image of Wadi Rum “Valley of the Moon”

satellite image wadi rum valley of the moonPleiades-1A (0.5m) Satellite Image of Wadi Rum “The Valley of the Moon” – Jordan

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Wadi Rum “The Valley of the Moon” is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60 km (37 mi) to the east of Aqaba; it is the largest wadi in Jordan. Wadi Rum has been inhabited by many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many cultures–including the Nabateans–leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti, and temples.

The highest elevation in Wadi Rum is Mount Um Dami at 1,840 m (6,040 ft) high, second highest Jabal Rum 1,734 metres (5,689 ft) above sea level and third Khaz’ali Canyon is the site of petroglyphs etched into the cave walls depicting humans and antelopes dating back to the Thamudic times. The village of Wadi Rum itself consists of several hundred Bedouin inhabitants with their goat-hair tents and concrete houses and also their four wheel vehicles, one school for boys and one for girls, a few shops, and the headquarters of the Desert Patrol. Read more on Wadi Rum….

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Satellite Image of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan

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Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. Yosemite was central to the development of the national park idea.

Yosemite is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, and the park supports a diversity of plants and animals. The park has an elevation range from 2,127 to 13,114 feet (648 to 3,997 m) and contains five major vegetation zones: chaparral/oak woodland, lower montane forest, upper montane forest, subalpine zone, and alpine. Of California’s 7,000 plant species, about 50% occur in the Sierra Nevada and more than 20% within Yosemite. There is suitable habitat or documentation for more than 160 rare plants in the park, with rare local geologic formations and unique soils characterizing the restricted ranges many of these plants occupy. Visit Yosemite National Park…

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Satellite Image of Victoria Falls ‘The Smoke That Thunders’

satellite image victoria fallsPleiades (0.5m) Satellite Photo of Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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Victoria Falls is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.The recent geological history of Victoria Falls can be seen in the form of the gorges below the falls. The basalt plateau over which the Upper Zambezi flows has many large cracks filled with weaker sandstone. In the area of the current falls the largest cracks run roughly east to west (some run nearly north-east to south-west), with smaller north-south cracks connecting them.

Over at least 100,000 years, the falls have been receding upstream through the Batoka Gorges, eroding the sandstone-filled cracks to form the gorges. The river’s course in the current vicinity of the falls is north to south, so it opens up the large east-west cracks across its full width, then it cuts back through a short north-south crack to the next east-west one. The river has fallen in different eras into different chasms which now form a series of sharply zig-zagging gorges downstream from the falls.

Apart from some dry sections, the Second to Fifth and the Songwe Gorges each represents a past site of the falls at a time when they fell into one long straight chasm as they do now.  forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometers, into a gorge over one hundred meters below. Read more about Victoria Falls.

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Satellite Image of Nazca Lines in Peru

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The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 kilometres (50 mi) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana about 400 km south of Lima. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 400 and 650 AD. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, orcas, and lizards.

The lines are shallow designs made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles and uncovering the whitish/grayish ground beneath. Hundreds are simple lines or geometric shapes; more than seventy are zoomorphic designs of animals such as birds, fish, llamas, jaguar, monkey, or human figures. Other designs include phytomorphic shapes such as trees and flowers. The largest figures are over 200 metres (660 ft) across. Scholars differ in interpreting the purpose of the designs, but in general they ascribe religious significance to them. Read more about the Nazca Lines.

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Satellite Image of The Pyramids of Meroe Sudan

satellite image pyramids of meroe sudanPleiades (0.5m) Satellite Image of The Pyramids of Meroe in Sudan

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Meroe is an ancient city on the east bank of the Nile about 6 km north-east of the Kabushiya station near Shendi, Sudan, approximately 200 km north-east of Khartoum. Near the site are a group of villages called Bagrawiyah. This city was the capital of the Kingdom of Kush for several centuries. The Kushitic Kingdom of Meroe gave its name to the Island of Meroe, which was the modern region of Butana, a region bounded by the Nile (from the Atbarah River to Khartoum), the Atbarah and the Blue Nile.

The site of the city of Meroe is marked by more than two hundred pyramids in three groups, of which many are in ruins. They are identified as Nubian pyramids because of their distinctive size and proportions.

Meroe was the southern capitol of the Napata/Meroitic Kingdom, that spanned the period c. 800 BC — c. 350 AD. According to partially deciphered Meroitic texts, the name of the city was Medewi or Bedewi (Torok, 1998).

Excavations revealed evidence of important, high ranking Kushite burials, from the Napata Period (c. 800 – c. 280 BC) in the vicinity of the settlement called the Western cemetery. Read more on The Pyramids of Meroe.

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Satellite Image Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania SPOT-6 (1.5m) Satellite Image of Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa

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The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 8,292 square kilometers. It is one of the three divisions that comprise Ngorongoro District in Arusha Region.

NCA was established in 1959 by the NCA Ordinance No 413 of 1959 as a multiple land use area, designated to promote the conservation of natural resources, safeguard the interests of NCA indigenous residents and promote tourism. NCA is a unique protected area in the whole of Africa where conservation of natural resources in integrated with human development.

The main feature of the NCA include the Ngorongoro Crater, The Serengeti Plains that support about 2.0 millions migratory wildlife species of the Serengeti Mara-ecosystem (TAWIRI, 2003) and the catchment forest; the Northern Highland Forest Reserve (NHFR) known as ‘Entim Olturot’ in Maa language. Other important features found in the NCA are the archaeological and palaeontological site located at Oldupai Gorge and the early human foot-prints that were discovered at Alaitole in Ngarusi area. Because of these particular features and the harmonious co-existence between wildlife and people that has existed for many years, NCA was accorded the status of a World Heritage Site and listed as one of the International Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme. Source: Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority

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Ngorongoro Crater Panorama

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Satellite Image of Singapore Marine District

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An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia’s Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south. The country is highly urbanized with very little primary rainforest remaining, although more land is being created for development through land reclamation.

Part of various local empires since being inhabited in the second century AD, modern Singapore was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles as a trading post of the East India Company in 1819 with the permission from the Johor Sultanate. The British obtained sovereignty over the island in 1824 and Singapore became one of the British Straits Settlements in 1826. Occupied by the Japanese during World War II, Singapore declared independence from the United Kingdom, uniting with other former British territories to form Malaysia in 1963, although it was separated from Malaysia two years later. Since then, it has had a massive increase in wealth, and is one of the Four Asian Tigers. Read more about Singapore’s history.

Satellite Image of Petermann Glacier in Greenland

Petermann GlacierWorldView-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Petermann Glacier, Greenland – Ice Calving

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The Greenland Ice Sheet blankets 81 percent of Greenland Island. This monstrous ice slab stretches 2,480 kilometers (1,540 miles) long and up to 750 kilometers (465 miles) wide. The ice sheet is so big it would stretch from Key West, Florida, to 100 miles beyond Portland, Maine, covering a swath as wide as from Washington, D.C., to Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s 80 percent as big as the entire United States east of the Mississippi River. It’s not only huge, it’s also thick—an average of 2.3 kilometers (1.6 miles) thick. It contains roughly 8 percent of all of Earth’s fresh water.

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Satellite Image of Cancun Mexico Yucatan

satellite image cancun mexicoWorldView-2 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Cancun, Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula

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Cancun located on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is a major world-renowned tourist destination, as well as being the seat of the municipality of Benito Juárez. The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, and is one of the easternmost points in Mexico. Cancún is located just north of Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort band known as the Riviera Maya.

Cancun is a tropical paradise that remains one of the world’s top tourist destinations. This comes as no surprise when you consider how much Cancun has to offer.

If you’re looking for a place with great weather, pumping nightlife, many accommodation options and some of the coolest activities in Mexico, Cancun is where you want to be.

Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, Cancun is an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkeling. More information on Cancun, visit here.

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Satellite Images for Forest Management

satellite image virunga national parksIKONOS (0.8m) Satellite Image Deforestation in Virunga National Parks – Rwanda and the Congo (DRC) - 2007

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Satellite images in forest management can aid in determining the effects of forest activities, such as timber harvesting and best management practices on soil erosion and sedimentation. It could also assist in the detection of invasive species through identification of water bodies that have clear water and high algae signatures.

Fire and emergency applications are one of the strongest uses of GIS and remote sensing, particularly fire mapping, responding to emergency situations, hazardous fuels reduction, community assistance, firefighting, rehabilitation, and restoration. Forest fires have an important influence on the vegetation cover, animals, plants, soil, stream flow, air quality, microclimate, and even general climate. The loss of timber is obvious and so is the damage to life and property. The loss of recreation value of the forest and the destruction of wildlife habitat are also consequences of forest fires.

Researchers and scientists have long been trying to predict the behavior of a forest fire. Computer modeling has been the effort of many scientists using high resolution satellite imagery and GIS. In order to model a forest fire, the techniques for obtaining, analyzing and displaying spatial information in a timely and cost-effective manner are needed which has proven not only to be possible, but incredibly efficient and effective. 

satellite image colorado wildfiresGeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Four Mile Canyon Wildfires, Colorado USA - 2010

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