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10/1/2014

Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

35°41′22.22″N 139°41′30.12″E

 

Tokyo, seen here at night from the International Space Station, is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with upwards of 37.8 million people.

 

This photograph is courtesy of NASA's “Cities at Night” project. Through this effort, NASA has invited the public to sift through its collection of more than 1.8 million photographs captured from the ISS since 2003. With crowdsourcing, we will be able to identify and catalogue the cities on Earth that have been captured so far!

 

Source: Alejandro Sánchez de Miguel, José Gómez Castaño, Jaime Zamorano, Christopher CM Kyba, Sergio Pascual,M Ángeles, L Cayuela, Guillermo Martín Martinez and Peter Challupner, Atlas of astronaut photos, of Earth at night, News and Reviews in Astronomy & Geophysics, Vol. 55 no4. August 2014 (in press).


 

9/30/2014

Erosion

Betsiboka River, Madagascar

15°48′55″S 46°16′13″E

 

Dramatic evidence of the catastrophic erosion in northwestern Madagascar is seen at the rapidly expanding Betsiboka River Delta. Deforestation of the country’s central highlands for cultivation and pastureland has resulted in the most significant erosion recorded anywhere in the world (approximately 112 tons/acre), which transforms the river to this vivid orange color.


 

9/28/2014

Montauk Point Light

Montauk, New York, USA

41°4′15.480″N 71°51′25.528″W

 

Montauk Point Light is a lighthouse located at the easternmost point of Long Island in the hamlet of Montauk, New York. With its construction authorized by George Washington in April 1792, the building was the first of its kind in New York and is the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States.



 

9/26/2014

Het Loo Palace

Apeldoorn, Netherlands

52.234167°N 5.945833°E

 

Het Loo Palace is located in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. "The Great Garden,” situated behind the residence, follows the general Baroque landscape design formula: perfect symmetry, axial layout with radiating gravel walks, parterres with fountains, basins, and statues.


 

9/25/2014

Fort Jefferson

Monroe County, Florida, USA

24.628°N 82.873°W

 

Fort Jefferson is located in the Florida Keys within Dry Tortugas National Park. Composed of 16 million bricks, it is the largest masonry structure in the Americas. Among other historical uses, during the Civil War, the Union used the fortress to restock vessels in their campaign to blockade Southern shipping and also as a prison for Union deserters.


 

9/24/2014

Intrepid Potash Facility

Wendover, Utah, USA

40.690371478°, -113.918749132°

 

The Intrepid Potash facility in Wendover, Utah has actively harvested potash from naturally-occurring brines for the past 75 years. Covering approximately 88,000 acres of land, brine is pumped from a ditch system into an 8,000 acre solar pond to evaporate water and precipitate salts. More than five billion gallons of brine are pumped into the solar pond each year.


 

9/23/2014

Beijing National Stadium

Beijing, China

39°59′30″N 116°23′26″E

 

Time-Lapse Overview: Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Ground was broken in December 2003 and at peak construction, 17,000 workers worked on the stadium. Constructed with more then 110,000 tons of steel, the Bird’s Nest officially opened in June 2008 at a cost of $428 million.


 

9/22/2014

Turbine Interchange

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

30.253047949°, -81.516204357°

 

A turbine interchange connects the SR 9A and SR 202 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Also known as a whirlpool interchange, this structure consists of left-turning ramps sweeping around a center interchange, thereby creating a spiral pattern of right-hand traffic. This type of junction is rarely built, due to the vast amount land that is required to construct the sweeping roads.


 

9/19/2014

Mir Mine

Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia

62°31′45.92″N 113°59′36.74″E

 

The Mir Mine is an inactive, open-pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. The mine is 1,722 feet (525 m) deep and has a diameter of 3,900 feet (1,200 m), making it the second largest excavated hole in the world. Active for 44 years, the mine had an output of 10 million carats of diamond per year during peak production in the 1960’s.


 

9/18/2014

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Tucson, Arizona, USA

32°09′59″N 110°52′59″W

 

Davis–Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona is home to the aircraft boneyard for all excess American military and government aircraft. The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group takes care of more than 4,400 aircraft, making it the largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world. We encourage you to explore the boneyard from above with the geo-coordinates link above!


 

9/16/2014

Industrial sector

Tokai, Aichi, Japan

35.039460°, 136.889525°

 

Industrial buildings line the coast of Tokai, Japan. The city’s economy is dominated by a massive steel mill operated by Nippon Steel, the second largest producer of steel in the world.


 

9/15/2014

Balduina

Rome, Italy

41°55′13″N 12°26′31″E

 

Balduina is a residential area in the Municipio XIX of Rome, Italy. At 456 feet (139 meters) above sea level, the neighborhood is highest part of the city.


 

9/12/2014

University of Sharjah

University City, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

25°17′15″N 55°28′37″E

 

The University of Sharjah is a private university located in University City, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Of the school’s 100 million Dirham (~27 million US dollars) construction cost, 90 million went towards academic, scientific and administrative buildings and 10 million was spent on landscaping the grounds and surrounding area.


 

9/11/2014

Corinth Canal

Isthmus of Corinth

37°56′04″N 22°59′02″E

 

The Corinth Canal in Greece connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. After 12 years of construction, the canal was completed in 1893. It is 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) in length but only 70 feet (21.4 meters) at its base, making it impassable for most modern ships.


  9/9/2014 Twisted Colossus Valencia, California, USA 34°25′40″N 118°35′51″W   The Twisted Colossus steel roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA) caught on fire yesterday while workers were disassembling the track. The ride is slated to reopen in 2015 with two 128 foot lift hills, two inversions, and an 80 degree drop.

 

9/9/2014

Twisted Colossus

Valencia, California, USA

34°25′40″N 118°35′51″W

 

The Twisted Colossus steel roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA) caught on fire yesterday while workers were disassembling the track. The ride is slated to reopen in 2015 with two 128 foot lift hills, two inversions, and an 80 degree drop.


 

9/8/2014

Shin-Nagoya Thermal Power Station

Nagoya City, Japan

35.063241309°, 136.876144767°

 

The Shin-Nagoya Thermal Power Station in Nagoya City, Japan is designed to reduce annual CO2 emissions by approximately 1 million tons. Additionally, in order to improve the scenic views of the plant, the walls of the turbine building are painted blue and decorated with a motif depicting the score of Mozart's "Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550."


 

9/7/2014

Pivot-irrigation fields

Plymouth, Washington, USA

46.011747,-119.494514

 

Pivot irrigation fields stretch out from the Columbia River near Plymouth, Washington on the border with Oregon.  Powered by electric motors, lines of sprinklers rotate 360 degrees to evenly irrigate crops.


 

9/5/2014

Port of Valencia

Valencia, Spain

39.4457°N 0.3199°W

 

Thousands of automobiles await shipment at the Port of Valencia in Valencia, Spain.


 

9/4/2014

Vineyards

Weinstadt, Germany

48°47'20.9"N 9°22'11.7"E

 

Vineyards grow on the hillsides of Weinstadt, a town in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. As the state’s fourth largest community of wine production with vineyards expanding a total of 489 hectacres, the town’s name appropriately translates as “Wine City”.


 

8/31/2014

Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

22.279534821°, 114.170375808°

 

Hong Kong Island (seen in the bottom half of this Overview) is one of the most densely populated areas in the entire world. With a total population of 1,289,500, there are 16,390 residents per square kilometer (41,057 / square mile).


 

8/30/2014

Lancaster Water Reclamation Plant

Lancaster, California, USA

34.791428, -118.159344

 

The Lancaster Water Reclamation Plant in Lancaster, California, USA provides treatment for up to 18 million gallons of wastewater per day, serving a population of approximately 160,000 people. In addition to producing reclaimed water, the Lancaster WRP also processes all wastewater solids generated at the plant. The solids are anaerobically digested, centrifugally dewatered, and stored in concrete beds where additional drying occurs before they are hauled away and beneficially reused. Methane gas is produced during the digestion process and is used to fuel the boiler used to heat the anaerobic digesters.


 

8/29/2014

Chicago at night

Chicago, Illinois, USA

41°52′55″N 087°37′40″W

 

Chicago, Illinois - captured at night from the International Space Station - is constructed on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. When the city was founded in 1833, most of the early construction radiated from the mouth of the Chicago River and its central, built-up areas remain relatively consistent with the natural flatness of the surrounding geography. 

 

This photograph is courtesy of NASA's “Cities at Night” project. Through this effort, NASA has invited the public to sift through its collection of more than 1.8 million photographs captured from the ISS since 2003. With crowdsourcing, we will be able to identify and catalogue the cities on Earth that have been captured so far!

 

Source: Alejandro Sánchez de Miguel, José Gómez Castaño, Jaime Zamorano, Christopher CM Kyba, Sergio Pascual,M Ángeles, L Cayuela, Guillermo Martín Martinez and Peter Challupner, Atlas of astronaut photos, of Earth at night, News and Reviews in Astronomy & Geophysics, Vol. 55 no4. August 2014 (in press).



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