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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).


 

8/28/2014

Residential Development

Lake Worth, Florida, USA

26°37′11″N 80°3′31″W

 

Overview of residential development in Lake Worth, Florida, USA. Much of the town is built on rapidly drained sand that also fosters the growth of tropical plants such as the coconut palm and avocado.


 

8/27/2014

Cimitero Maggiore di Milano

Milan, Italy

45.506709°N 9.114826°E

 

The Cimitero Maggiore di Milano is the largest cemetery in Milan, Italy. The cemetery has more than 80,000 square meters and is home to more than 500,000 graves. In the 19th century, as a consequence of the rapid demographic growth of Milan, the city conducted a thorough reorganization of its cemeteries and graves from at least four different cemeteries were moved to the Maggiore.


 

8/26/2014

Tierras Baja Project / Rainforest deforestation

Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia

-16.733780979°, -62.752792545°

 

The Tierras Baja Project - an effort that began in the 1980's to increase soybean cultivation in Bolivia - has led to massive rainforest clearance in the eastern part of the country. The pinwheel shapes seen here in the Santa Cruz Department result from logging systems centered around small communities that are evenly spaced at five kilometer intervals.


 

8/25/2014

Ipanema Beach

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

22°59′01″S 43°12′16″W

 

Ipanema Beach is located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the sand is dividend into segments by lifeguard towers known as postos.


 

8/24/2014

Network of dirt roads

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

 35°15'8.37"N, 106°50'16.51"W

 

Grids of dirt roads mimic the landscape outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.


 

8/22/2014

Ivanpah Solar Power Facility

Ivanpah, California, USA

35.57°N 115.47°W

 

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a solar thermal power project in the California Mojave Desert, 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. It deploys 173,500 heliostats, each with two mirrors, focusing solar energy on boilers located on three centralized solar power towers (one of which is seen here). The receivers then generate steam to drive specially adapted turbines. With a construction cost of $2.2 billion and a planned gross capacity of 392 megawatts, Ivanpah is the largest plant of its kind in the world.


 

8/21/2014

Munich at night

Munich, Germany

48°8′N 11°34′E

 

Munich - captured at night from the International Space Station - is the third largest city in Germany with 1.47 million people living within its city limits.

 

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).


 

8/20/2014 

Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA)

Outside of Socorro County, New Mexico,

34°04′43.497″N 107°37′05.819″W

 

The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) is a radio astronomy observatory located on the Plains of San Agustin, approximately 50 miles (80 km) west of Socorro, New Mexico, USA. The observatory consists of 27 independent antennae, each of which has a dish diameter of 25 meters (82 feet) and weighs 209 metric tons. Astronomers using the VLA have made key observations of black holes and protoplanetary disks around young stars, discovered magnetic filaments and traced complex gas motions at the Milky Way's center, probed the Universe's cosmological parameters, and provided new knowledge about the physical mechanisms that produce radio emission.


 

8/19/2014

Port of Genoa

Genoa, Italy

44.4028°N 8.91667°E

 

The Port of Genoa covers an area of about 700 hectares of land and 500 hectares of water, stretching more than 13 miles (22 kilometers) along the Italian coastline. With an annual capacity of 4 million ferry passengers, 1.5 million cars, and 250,000 trucks, Genoa ranks as the busiest port in Italy by cargo tonnage.


 

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