WorldView-3 Satellite Image of Madrid, Spain

WorldView-3 Satellite Image Madrid Spain

WorldView-3 Satellite Image of Madrid, Spain (40cm)

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Madrid is the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union after London and Paris. The city spans a total of 604.3 km2 (233.3 sq mi).

The city is located on the Manzanares River in the center of both the country and the Community of Madrid (which comprises the city of Madrid, its conurbation and extended suburbs and villages); this community is bordered by the autonomous communities of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural center of Spain.

The Madrid urban agglomeration has the third-largest GDP in the European Union and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, environment, media, fashion, science, culture, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. Due to its economic output, high standard of living, and market size, Madrid is considered the major financial center of Southern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula; it hosts the head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies. Madrid is the 10th most livable city in the world according to Monocle magazine, in its 2010 index.. Read more on Madrid, Spain…

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Satellite Photo San Alfonso del Mar Resort – World’s Largest Swimming Pool

San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo Chile

GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of the World’s Largest Swimming Pool at the

San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Algarrobo, Chile

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Satellite photo of San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Algarrobo, Chile, about 100 km (62 mi) west of the capital Santiago. The resort is recognized as having the world’s largest swimming pool.

The pool is 1.013 km (0.629 mi) long, covering 8 hectares (20 acres), containing some 250,000,000 litres (55,000,000 imp gal; 66,000,000 US gal) of seawater, with a maximum depth of 35 m (115 ft). The water is pumped, filtered, and treated from the Pacific Ocean.

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The pool was developed by Fernando Fischmann; his Chilean company Crystal Lagoons built the pool, which opened in December 2006. While early estimates put the total cost of construction at about US$3.5 million for the filtration system alone, more recent estimates are in the area of US$1.5 billion to US$2 billion total for construction and almost US$4 million in annual maintenance.

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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 “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

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WorldView-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 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 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 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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