Mind Vacation: The Most Amazing Satellite Photos
When everything about your workday is right in your face, what better way to get your sense of perspective back than by zooming up to see what life looks like to a satellite floating way high above? The Daily Overview publishes new satellite images all the time. Each and every one can help you take a breather from your daily routine. For lots of them, your first reaction is “what on Earth is that?” followed by imagining what the place you’re looking at would be like on the ground, and then finally finding yourself returned to your life, refreshed.
Here are some samples from the Daily Overview’s Instagram.
For Instagram’s #whpabstract contest we’ve captured these swirling train cars filled with coal in Norfolk, Virginia. Operated by the Norfolk Southern corporation, Lamberts Point Pier 6 is the largest coal-loading station in the Northern Hemisphere and serves at the temporary depot for the company’s fleet of 23,000 coal cars.
This morning I’ll fly to Chengdu, China. The city is home to the recently constructed New Century Global Center – a multipurpose facility that contains numerous shopping malls, an IMAX cinema, a “mediterranean village,” a pirate ship, a skating rink, and a 500×130 foot screen that displays artificial sunrises and sunsets. The structure contains the largest amount of floor space for a single building with approximately 18 million square feet.
“Desert Breath” — located in the Egyptian desert near Hurghada on the Red Sea — is a double-spiral art piece. Because the 89 protruding cones that make up one spiral are constructed from the sand that was dug to create the 89 depressed cones of the other spiral, in due time, with erosion, the area of approximately one million square feet will revert back to its original state.
To celebrate our K milestone and thank you all for making Daily Overview what it is today, we’re doing a PRINT GIVEAWAY from our Printshop! To enter the contest, simply TAG THREE (3) FRIENDS in the comments of this Overview. In 72 hours, we’ll announce a winner who will receive a 12” print of their choice such as the one here of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Both the capital and the largest city in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa has a population of approximately 3.4 million. Despite the significant role urban agriculture has played in the history of the city, this activity is facing challenges due to rapid urbanization and the subsequent competitive demand for land.
Center pivot irrigation is used throughout the Wadi As-Sirhan Basin of Saudi Arabia. Water is mined from depths as great as one kilometer (~3,000 ft), pumped to the surface, and evenly distributed by sprinklers that rotate 360 degrees. Spurred by a government effort to strengthen its agriculture sector, cultivated land in the country grew from 400,000 acres in 1976 to more than 8 million acres by 1993. The diameter of the fields you see here are approximately three kilometers (1.9 miles) across.
Ah. Back to Earth. On with the day!