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Le Grau-du-Roi, France



A saline marsh, known as an étang, glows in Le Grau-du-Roi, France.



Pearl Qatar

Doha, Qatar

25°22′7″N 51°33′5.7″E


The Pearl Qatar - located in Doha, Qatar - is an artificial island spanning nearly four million square meters. By 2015 the $15 billion construction project will be home to 45,000 residents who will occupy massive complexes like the 31 buildings of the Porto Arabia Towers seen here.



UTA Flight 772 Memorial

450 km east of Agadez, Niger

16.86493°N 11.953712°E


The memorial for UTA Flight 772 is located 10km away from the plane's crash site in the middle of the Sahara Desert. Families of the victims laid out black rocks over 170 broken mirrors (one for each victim of the crash) in the shape and dimensions of the DC10 airplane inside a compass. Completing the final leg of its journey on 9/19/1989 from N’Djamena, Chad to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, UTA 772 was taken down when a suitcase bomb exploded 450 km east of Agadez, Niger.




Check out this breathtaking Overview of Paris, shared with us by  @gotrotamundo on Instagram!



Köln Hauptbahnhof / Kölner Dom

Cologne, Germany

50°56′33″N 6°57′29″E


Cologne’s main train station - Köln Hauptbahnhof - serves more than 280,000 passengers per day. To enter and leave the station, trains pass over the six-railway wide Hohenzollern Bridge, which spans the Rhine River. Both are situated next to the renowned Cologne Cathedral (seen here below the station), whose construction commenced in 1248 but was not completed until 1880.



Soldier Field

Chicago, Illinois, USA

41°51′45″N 87°37′0″W


The Chicago Bears won their first home game at Soldier Field last night, beating the Minnesota Vikings 21-13. The stadium, located on Lake Michigan, is the third-smallest in the NFL with a seating capacity of 61,500.



Central Park foliage changing colors, captured by our friend @grahamgarvie on his descent into New York City yesterday afternoon.




Vienna, Austria

48.185°N 16.420°E


The Gasometers in Vienna, Austria originally served as massive gas tanks from 1896 to 1984. With the city's changeover from town gas to natural gas starting 1969, the tanks were no longer used and were shut down. However, the brick exterior walls were preserved and the structures were repurposed with residential (~800 apartments) and commercial (facilities include music hall, movie theater, and shopping mall) spaces at the turn of the century.



Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone National Park, Teton County, Wyoming, USA

44°31′30″N 110°50′17″W


At the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, visitors can get a close-up view on a series of elevated boardwalks. The hot spring gets its vivid color from pigmented bacteria that grow around the edge of the mineral-rich water. While our Overviews typically consider human impact on the landscape, here we marvel in our fascination with the beauty of the natural world.




KaabaAl-Masjid al-Haram

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

21.4225°N 39.826181°E


The Kaaba is a granite, cuboid structure that stands 43 feet high. The Cube is located at the center of Masjid al-Haram, the largest mosque in the world in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. During the hajj, pilgrims gather and circle the building to pray —more than 1.4 million applied for hajj permits in 2014. Wherever they are in the world, Muslims are expected to face the Kaaba during daily prayers.



Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France


49°20′3″N 5°5′36″E


November 11th is both Armistice Day (commemorating the armistice signed to end the hostilities on the Western Front of World War One) as well as Veterans Day in the United States (honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces). Appropriately, today’s Overview shows Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery near Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France. The cemetery contains 14,246 soldiers who died during WWI - the largest number of American military dead in Europe. More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died during the conflict that ravished Europe from 1914 to today's date in 1918.



Burning Man

Black Rock City, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA

40°47′13″N 119°12′16″W


Burning Man is a week-long, annual event held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, USA. Drawing more than 65,000 participants in 2014, the event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. The developed part of Black Rock City, the temporary residence of the campers, is arranged as a series of concentric streets with the "Man Sculpture" and his supporting complex at the center.


Today marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For the past two days, an installation of 8,000 glowing balloons titled ‘LICHTGRENZE‘ (meaning "border of light"), has traced an approximately 15 km long segment of the former course of the barrier that once separated the German city in two.




Campbellsport, Wisconsin

43.576863294°, -88.360019821°


A drumlin is a mound, shaped like an inverted spoon or half-buried egg, that is produced by receding glacial ice. When that land is then used for agricultural purposes - like the drumlins seen here in Campbellsport, Wisconsin - circular patterns rise to mimic the landscape and make cultivation possible.



Hoover Dam

Clark County, Nevada / Mohave County, Arizona, USA

36°0′56″N 114°44′16″W


Hoover Dam is a 726-foot high, 1,244-foot wide concrete arch-gravity dam located on the Colorado River at the border of Arizona and Nevada. Constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression, a workforce of approximately 20,000 poured a total of 4.36 million cubic yards of concrete to complete the structure. Overall, there is enough concrete in the dam to pave a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York.



Astana City Plan

Astana, Kazakhstan

51°10′0″N 71°26′0″E


Astana is the capital and second largest city in Kazakhstan. South of the Ishim River that runs through the city’s center, there is significant construction underway. This process will remove the Soviet-era buildings and replace them with entirely new government administrative buildings, set for completion in 2030.



Tulip Fields

Lisse, Netherlands

52.273961460°, 4.554789725°


On December 4, a collection of Overviews will go on display at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. Throughout the month, we will bring back some of the selections for the “Welcome to the Anthropocene” exhibit, such as this Overview of vibrant tulip fields sprawling across the landscape in Lisse, Netherlands. 



Tire Graveyard

Sulaibiya, Kuwait City, Kuwait

29.259079032°, 47.671489620°


Approximately seven million tires are buried in giant holes at a waste dump in Sulabiya, Kuwait. It is believed that these tires originate both in Kuwait as well as other countries who paid to have them sent here. For example, since 2006 the EU has banned the disposal of tires in its landfill sites, leaving 480,000 tons that need to be exported or shredded each year.



Barcelona at night

Barcelona, Spain

41°23′N 2°11′E


Barcelona - captured from the ISS at night - is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea with approximately 4.5 million residents. A happy orange and black Halloween from Daily Overview!

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).




Residential development

Hitchcock, Texas, USA

29.325863616°, -94.939892581°

Residential housing separated by canals in Hitchcock, Texas, USA. Of the coastal town’s 92 square miles, more than a third is water.




Bingham Canyon Mine

Salt Lake County, Utah, USA

40.523°N 112.151°W


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.




Manila, Philippines

14.617°N 120.967°E


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

Madrid, Spain

40°28′20″N 003°33′39″W


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.