The beauty of Earth is indisputable - from the mighty mountains, to the rippling rivers, to the panoramic plains - everywhere one looks, our planet's beauty takes our breath away. And that is only as far as the naked eye can see. Ever imagined what Earth would look like when viewed from the outer space?
To fully appreciate Earth's beauty, dailyoverview.nyc came up with what they call the "overview effect". The term refers to the sensation astronauts have when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole. As a result the website started generating satellite images of various places to give people a different perception of many famous places.Every year on April 22, more than 190 countries around the world observe "World Earth Day". On this occasion HT brings out some selected clicks from the Daily Overview's collection. The photos and text are republished here without any changes and with their permission.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications built along the east-to-west line that represents the historical northern border of China.
Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
Seaweed farms on Nusa Lembongan – a small island located southeast of Bali, Indonesia – have an average harvest of 50,000 pounds per month.
Port Hercules, the only deep-water port in Monaco, provides anchorage for up to 700 vessels. Monaco, has an area of 0.78 square miles and a population of 36,371, making it the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world.
Santosh Park / Uttam Nagar
Delhi, India contains approximately 11 million residents. The neighborhoods of Santosh Park and Uttam Nagar, both pictured here, contain some of the city's most built-up and densely populated land.
Roseville, California, USA
Roseville Yard, located north of Sacramento, California is the largest rail facility on the west coast of the United States. Operated by the Union Pacific Railroad, the yard accommodates approximately 98 percent of all rail traffic in the north of the state.
Cape Coral, Florida, USA
Residential development surrounds the waterways of Cape Coral, Florida, USA. With more than 400 miles (640 kilometers) of navigable channels, the total length of the canals in this “Waterfront Wonderland” is the greatest of any single city in the world.
Rub' al Khali or The Empty Quarter
Rub' al Khali or The Empty Quarter is the largest sand desert in the world, covering 650,000 square kilometers in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, and the UAE
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, California, USA
The Golden Gate Bridge is a 1.7 mile (2.7 km) long suspension bridge in San Francisco, California that spans the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A whirlpool interchange connects three major roads by the Miracle Garden in Dubai, UAE. When construction of this junction began in 2006, Dubai contained 30,000 industrial cranes - 25% of all cranes on the planet.
Border of Ontario, Canada and New York, United States
Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the border between Ontario, Canada and the United States. The falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). The Maid of the Mist boat, visible here, has carried passengers into the rapids immediately below the falls since 1846.
Nile River Delta
The Nile River Delta covers approximately 240 kilometers (150 miles) of the Egyptian coastline and the region contains about half of Egypt’s 80 million people.
Magdeburg Water Bridge
The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct in central Germany. As the largest bridge of its kind in Europe, it spans the Elbe River to directly connect two canals, allowing large commercial ships to pass between the Rhineland and Berlin without having to descend into and then out of the Elbe. The structure was built with 24,000 tons of steel and 68,000 cubic meters of concrete.
Bratsk Pulp Mill
Timber is frozen in the Angara River by a pulp mill in Bratsk, Russia. A pulp mill is a manufacturing facility that converts trees and wood chips into thick fiber board that is shipped to a paper mill for further processing. The facility in Bratsk has a capacity of 413,000 cubic meters of wood per year.
The Green Cathedral or De Groene Kathedraal located near Almere, Netherlands, is an artistic planting of 178 Lombardy poplar trees. The “Cathedral” is 150 m (490 ft) long and 75 m (246 ft) wide, which mimics the exact size and shape of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, in Reims, France.
Great Salk Lae Utah, USA
Spiral Jetty is an earthwork sculpture by Robert Smithson, consisting of a 1,500-foot-long (460 m), 15-foot-wide (4.6 m) counterclockwise coil jutting from the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA.
Uluru / Ayers Rock
Northern Territory, Australia
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Big Cajun II Coal Plant
New Roads, Louisiana, USA
The Big Cajun II Coal Power Plant in New Roads, Louisiana was ranked 42nd on the list of most polluting coal power stations in the US with a yearly output of 860,640 pounds of combustion waste.
Eixample - a district in the city of Barcelona, Spain - is characterized by its strict grid pattern, octagonal intersections, and apartments with communal courtyards.