Satellite Image of the Island of Love ‘Galesnjak’

satellite image island of lovePleiades-1A (0.5m) Satellite Image – Galesnjak, “Island of Love”, Croatia

Pasman Channel, Adriatic Sea

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Between the islands of Pasman and the town of Turanj on mainland Croatia, the Island of Love is one of the worlds few naturally occurring heart-shaped objects.

The island has a surface area of 0.132 km2, with its beach measuring 1.55 km in length. The island features two peaks, the highest of which is 36 m high above sea level.

Galesnjak is privately owned and contains only wild plants and trees. Human activity recorded on this island are three known Illyrian burial mounds and remains of an ancient building’s foundations.

The island’s unusual shape was first recorded in the early 19th century by Napoleon’s cartographer Charles-Francois Beautemps-Beaupre, who included it in his 1806 atlas of the Dalmatian coast (kept today at the National and University Library in Zagreb).

The island was highlighted on Google Earth in February 2009, which brought the island to worldwide attention.

Satellite Image of Rome Italy

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Rome’s history spans more than two and a half thousand years, since its founding in 753 BC, with the union of rural villages. It was the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, which was the dominant power in Western Europe and the lands bordering the Mediterranean for over seven hundred years from the 1st century BC until the 7th century AD and the city is regarded as one of the birthplaces of western civilization. Read more about Rome..

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 Colosseum

Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty, started construction of the Colosseum in 72 AD. It was completed in 80 AD, the year after Vespasian’s death. The Colosseum, or the Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, built of concrete and stone. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine. Read more about the Colosseum…

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Altare della Patria

The Victor Emmanuel II monument – The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) or “Il Vittoriano” is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. Read more on the Altare della Patria….

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Pantheon

The Pantheon an adjective meaning “(temple consecrated) to all gods” commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome. The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns (eight in the first rank and two groups of four behind) under a pediment. A rectangular vestibule links the porch to the rotunda, which is under a coffered concrete dome, with a central opening (oculus) to the sky. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

It is one of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings. It has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Roman Catholic church dedicated to “St. Mary and the Martyrs” but informally known as “Santa Maria della Rotonda. Read more about the Pantheon…

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Satellite Image of Napa Valley California

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Napa Valley California, a world famous wine area, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in California. More than five million visitors come each year, often overcrowding the roadways on summer weekends. Peak times are the summer months and the harvest “crush” during September and October. Napa Valley is home to more than two hundred wineries. With wine as a focus, great dining naturally emerged to complement it. The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena supplies a steady stream of well-trained chefs, supplementing the already prestigious chefs drawn by Napa Valley’s reputation and locale. For more information, visit here.

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Satellite Images of Impact Craters and Structures

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Largest Impact Crater Found Around the World

300 km and 2.023 Billion Years

Coordinates – 27°0′S 27°30′E

Vredefort crater is the largest verified impact crater on Earth, more than 300 km across. It is located in the Free State Province of South Africa and named after the town of Vredefort, which is situated near its centre. The site is also known as the Vredefort Dome or Vredefort impact structure. In 2005 the Vredefort Dome was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its geologic interest.

The asteroid that hit Vredefort is estimated to have been one of the largest ever to strike Earth (at least since the Hadean eon some four billion years ago). The asteroid is thought to have been approximately 5–10 km (3.1–6.2 mi) in diameter. The bolide that created the Sudbury Basin could have been even larger. The Vredefort Crater’s age is estimated to be 2.023 billion years (± 4 million years), which places it in the Paleoproterozoic era. It is the second-oldest known crater on Earth, a little less than 300 million years younger than the Suavjärvi Crater in Russia. In comparison, it is about 10% older than the Sudbury Basin impact (at 1.849 billion years). More information on the Vredefort Crater, visit here.

For more information and to view more impact craters, visit here.

Satellite Images and Photos of Impact Craters and Structures Around the World

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Satellite Images of the Largest Deserts in the World

GeoEye-1 (0.5M) Satellite Image of Sahara Desert – 9,100,000+ KM

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ASTER (15M)  Satellite Image of the Arabian Desert – 2,330,000 KM

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IKONOS (1M) Satellite Image of the Gobi Desert, China (White Lines) - 1,300,000 KM

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Landsat 7 (15M) Satellite Image of the Kalahari Desert, Africa – 900,000 KM

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IKONOS (1M) Satellite Image of Great Victoria Desert, Australia (Ayers Rock) – 647,000 KM

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Landsat 7 (15M) Satellite Image of Syrian Desert – 492,000 KM

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Satellite Image of Mont Saint Michel

satellite image mont saint michels smPleiades- 1A (0.5m) Satellite Image of Mont Saint Michel – Normandy, France

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Mont Saint Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage site located on an island just off the coast of the region of Lower Normandy in northern France. The island is best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island, surrounded by the winding streets and convoluted architecture of the medieval town.

Until it was ransacked by the Franks, thus ending the trans-channel culture that had stood since the departure of the Romans in AD 460.

Before the construction of the first monastic establishment in the 8th century, the island was called “monte tombe”. According to legend, the Archangel Michael appeared to St. Aubert, bishop of Avranches, in 708 and instructed him to build a church on the rocky islet. Aubert repeatedly ignored the angel’s instruction, until Michael burned a hole in the bishop’s skull with his finger.

The mount gained strategic significance in 933 when William “Long Sword”, William I, Duke of Normandy, annexed the Cotentin Peninsula, definitively placing the mount in Normandy. It is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry which commemorates the 1066 Norman co Norman knights from the quicksand in the tidal flats during a battle with Conan II, Duke of Brittany. Norman Ducal patronage financed the spectacular Norman architecture of the abbey in subsequent centuries. Read more on Mont Saint Michel….

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Satellite Image of Hurricane Sandy Destruction

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Hurricane Sandy was a hurricane that devastated portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern United States, and Eastern Canada in late October 2012. The eighteenth named storm and tenth hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, as measured by diameter, with winds spanning 1,100 miles (1,800 km). Sandy is estimated in early calculations to have caused damage of at least $20 billion dollars.

Satellite Image of the Rock of Gibraltar

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Satellite image of the Rock of Gibraltar, colloquially known as “The Rock” is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom and sits at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, and is bordered by Spain to the north.

The inside of the rock is an absolute labyrinth with secret internal roads and tunnels four times longer than those on the surface. Military presence and security in this otherwise deserted area is strong but almost invisible.

In Greek mythology Gibraltar was Calpe, one of the Pillars of Hercules, which marked the edge of the Mediterranean and the known world. In 711 Tariq ibn Ziyad, the Muslim governor of Tangier, landed at Gibraltar to launch the Islamic invasion of the Iberian Peninsula. The Rock took his name – Jabal Tariq (Mountain of Tariq) eventually became Gibraltar.

Strategically important, Gibraltar was ceded to Great Britain by Spain in the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht; the British garrison was formally declared a colony in 1830. Spain has made recent attempts to attain this territory that it legally ceded to Great Britain about 300 years ago. In referendums held in 1967 and 2002, Gibraltarians voted overwhelmingly to stay a territory of the United Kingdom. On June 10th 2004, citizens of Gibraltar voted for the first time in the UK MEP (Member of the European Parliament) elections, as part of the South West constituency.

The topmost part of the Rock is still a British military installation, and off-limits to the public. Read more about the Rock of Gibraltar.

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Satellite Image of Goughan’s Corn Maze Liberty Bell

satellite image corn-mazeGeoEye-1 Satellite Image Goughan’s Corn Maze of Liberty Bell in Caribou, Maine

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Goughan’s Annual Corn Maze, Caribou, Maine, USA I GeoEye-1 .50-meter I Collected September 11, 2012. This year’s patriotic theme at Goughan’s Berry Farm’s annual corn maze is captured from space in this GeoEye-1 image. For the last eight years, Mark Goughan has a new theme for the annual corn maze with this year’s depicting the Liberty Bell and a Freedom Eagle on top in honor of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The public is invited to navigate the maze in the fall for two months. The corn is planted in the spring and the design is cut into the field when the corn is about 2 feet high.

Satellite Image of World Trade Center Towers Memorial

satellite image world trade center memorialIKONOS (1m) Satellite Image of the World Trade Center Towers 911 Memorial

Manhattan, New York – August 26, 2011

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About the Memorial

National September 11 Memorial commemorates the September 11 attacks of 2001, and the World Trade Center bombing of 1993. The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, on the former location of the Twin Towers destroyed during the attacks. The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation was renamed the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in 2007.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center is a non-profit corporation with the mission to raise funds for program, own and operate the memorial and museum at the World Trade Center site. On September 11, 2011, a dedication ceremony was held at the memorial, commemorating the tenth anniversary of the attacks. The memorial officially opened to the public on September 12, 2011.

More information on the World Trade Center Towers 9/11 Memorial, visit here.

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