The Bingham Canyon Mine is an open-pit mine where copper deposits are extracted southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The mine has been operational since 1906 and has resulted in the creation of a pit over 0.6 miles deep, 2.5 miles wide, covering 1,900 acres. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated a 72 mile plume of contaminated groundwater has been created over the course of the mine's history due to numerous chemical and oil spills at the site.
Tondo is one of the most densely populated areas of the world with 72,000+ inhabitants per square kilometer. Located in the northwest portion of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, the district is primarily residential and contains many of the city’s slums.
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain processes more than 52 million passengers per year. The massive Terminal 4 (approximately 8 million square feet spanning two buildings) is designed to give passengers a stress-free start to their journey through careful use of illumination, glass panes instead of walls, and numerous domes in the roof which allow natural light to pass through.
In a departure from our typical satellite Overview, today we want to share a photograph with you that was captured recently by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The image shows 35,000 walruses gathered on the shore, five miles north of Point Lay, Alaska. Environmental experts say the photograph is dramatic proof of changing environmental conditions that result from sea ice loss. The accelerating retreat of Alaskan sea ice north into the Arctic Ocean severely impacts the walruses who rely on it for everything from giving birth to diving to hunt for food.
Terraced fields swirl on the mountains outside of Lanzhou, China. The brilliant colors of the rock formations in the country's Gansu region result from red sandstone and mineral deposits that have settled over 24 million years.
Passenger and freight trains wait in the rail yard at Hamm (Westfalen) Station in Hamm, Germany. While the station now serves as one of the region's major InterCityExpress passenger hubs, its marshalling yard operates at only 10% of its original 10,000 wagon per day capacity following the severe damage inflicted on it during World War II.
On cold, rainy day here in New York City, we're dreaming about the overwater bungalows of the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort in French Polynesia. Situated on a coral island, guests stay in one of 83 villas with private pontoons where they can relax and take in the sun.
Vibrants fields of rapeseed surround the town of Soest, Germany. Cultivated for the oil produced by its bright-yellow flowers, Rapeseed has three primary uses: (1) Vegetable oil for human consumption (2) Biodiesel, used in both heating systems or blended with petroleum to power automobiles and (3) High-protein animal feed that is created as a byproduct of oil production.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany is dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The 19,000 square meter site is covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae are 7 ft 10 in long, 3 ft 1 in wide, and vary in height from 7.9 in to 15 ft 9.0 in. They are organized in rows — 54 of them going north-south and 87 heading east-west — at right angles but set slightly askew. The stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.
Plaza Del Ejecutivo
Mexico City, Mexico
Radiating streets surround the Plaza Del Ejecutivo in the Venustiano Carranza district of Mexico City, Mexico.
Zaatari Refugee Camp is a settlement located 10 kilometers east of Mafraq, Jordan. The camp first opened in July 2012 to host Syrians fleeing their ongoing civil war. While the number of refugees in Zaatari exceeded 156,000 in 2013, the current population estimate stands at 80,000.
The Costa Concordia was a Italian cruise ship that wrecked off the coast of Isola del Giglio in Italy on January 13, 2012. A 174 foot (52 meter) long gash was made in the port side hull after the 952 foot (290 meter) ship struck a massive rock. Removal of the vessel and her 2,380 tons of fuel, breaking down the ship to metal scrap at the Port of Genoa, and repairing the damage to Isola del Giglio will cost approximately $2 billion (€1.5 billion).