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Bordering Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, the Dead Sea is a salt lake with borders more than 400 meters below sea level, the lowest point on dry land. With over 33% salinity, the Dead Sea is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, making floating easy but creating a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish. #deadsea #saltlakes #israel #westbank #jordan #sea #travel #explore #wanderlust #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Dubrovnik is a walled city on the Adriatic Sea in Croatia. Dubbed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” it is a popular tourist destination in the Mediterranean. In the Middle Ages it became the only city-state in the Adriatic to rival Venice and achieved a remarkable level of development during the 15th and 16th centuries. #dubrovnik #dubrovnikoldtown #croatia #sea #adriaticsea #walledcity #history #travel #explore #wanderlust #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Monteriggioni is a completely walled medieval town located on a small natural hill in Siena, Italy. The town was built in the 13th century by the overlords of Siena to command the Cassia Road running to the west of Monteriggioni. The town’s walls and buildings are the best preserved example of their kind in all of Italy. #monteriggioni #siena #toscana #italy #italia #walledcity #history #travel #explore #wanderlust #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Located in western Spain, the medieval city of Ávila is built on the flat summit of a rocky hill, which rises abruptly in the midst of a veritable wilderness. Ávila has a well-preserved city wall which encircles the entire old town. The ramparts have 9 gates and 88 towers, many topped with stork nests. The city walls were primarily constructed in the 11th and 12th centuries. Can you spot the towers in this satellite image? #avila #spain #walledcity #history #travel #explore #wanderlust #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Briançon is a small town in the Hautes-Alpes that is the highest altitude city in France. The old town is heavily fortified with a wall built in the 17th century to protect the region from Austrian invaders and to guard the road to Italy, less than 10 miles (16 km) away. #briançon #france #briancon #villedebriancon #hautesalpes #walledcity #history #travel #explore #wanderlust #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
This week we’re sharing satellite images of walled cities, like Budva, on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro. While Budva dates back to 500 B.C., its city wall is only a few hundred years old, built by the Venetians in the Middle Ages to protect the city from Ottoman invaders. #budva #montenegro #budvaoldtown #walledcity #history #travel #explore #wanderlust #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Aitutaki Atoll is one of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. The atoll is made up of a number of volcanic and coral islets around a triangular lagoon. The lagoon and its islands are breathtakingly beautiful from space. Who wants to go visit?! . . . #aitutaki #aitutakiatoll #cookislands #atoll #island #lagoon #tropical #postcard #paradise #ocean #blue #beautiful #travel #explore #wanderlust #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Bikini Atoll, located in the Marshall Islands, is most famous for being the site of more than 20 nuclear weapons tests conducted by the United States between 1946 and 1958. In 1946, natives of Bikini Atoll were relocated and have remained in exile on other islands. Today the islands are safe to visit, but the soil still contains dangerous levels of radioactive material. Fish are unaffected and are in abundance due to lack of fishing. 🐡🐠🐟 . . . #bikiniatoll #marshallislands #atoll #island #ocean #lagoon #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview3 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Considered one of the most pristine atolls in the world, Caroline Island is part of the Republic of Kiribati, located in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of Fiji. Because Caroline Island only extends 20 feet (6 m) above sea level, it’s in danger as sea levels rise. Some estimate it could be reclaimed by the sea as soon as 2025. 🌊 . . . #nofilter #carolineisland #milleniumisland #atoll #ocean #nature #beautiful #lagoon #travel #explore #wanderlust #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #geoeye1 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
One of the best scuba diving destinations in the Philippines, Tubbataha Reef is made up of two atolls—North Atoll and South Atoll—separated by a deep channel about 5 miles wide (8 km). Located in the Sulu Sea, the North and South Atoll and the Jessie Beazley Reef are part of the 97,030 hectare Marine Protected Area that makes up Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. The park is home to more than 600 species of fish, 360 species of coral (about half of all coral species in the world), 11 species of sharks and 13 species of dolphins and whales! 🐠🐬🐋 . . . #tubbataha #tubbatahareef #coraltriangle #philippines #atoll #reef #scuba #dive #ocean #nature #beautiful #travel #explore #wanderlust #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #geoeye1 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
An atoll is a ring-shaped coral reef, island, or series of islets that surrounds a body of water called a lagoon. Because of this lagoon, atolls are especially beautiful when captured from space by satellites. This week we’ll be sharing some of our favorite atolls including this image of Funafuti, the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu. Tuvalu is the second-least populous sovereign nation in the world, with only Vatican City having fewer inhabitants. 🏝 . . . #funafuti #tuvalu #atoll #island #lagoon #coralreef #ocean #nature #beautiful #travel #explore #wanderlust #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview3 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Considered a relatively young crater, the Amguid Crater is the result of a meteor impact about 100,000 years ago. Located in a remote area in southwestern Algeria, the nearly perfectly circular meteor impact crater is 1,476 feet in diameter (450 m) and 100 feet deep (30 m). #amguidcrater #algeria #crater #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview3 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
The best known and best preserved impact crater on Earth, the Barringer Crater is named after Daniel Barringer who was the first to suggest that it was created by a meteorite impact. The crater is still privately owned by Barringer’s family and is also known as Meteor Crater or Arizona Crater due to its location near Flagstaff, Arizona. #barringercrater #meteorcrater #arizonacrater #arizona #flagstaff #crater #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Gosses Bluff Crater is located near the center of Australia and is thought to have been formed by an asteroid or comet about 142 million years ago. The eroded crater is 4 miles across (6 km), but at the time of impact it would have been about 14 miles (22 km) in diameter. The site is known as Tnorala to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people, and is a sacred place. #gossesbluffcrater #australia #aus #crater #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Lonar Crater Lake located in India was formed about 50,000 years ago when a meteorite hit the surface. It is the only one of its kind on Earth—a hyper-velocity impact crater in basaltic rock. #lonarcraterlake #lonarlake #lake #crater #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Located in the western Sahara Desert in Mauritania, the Tenoumer Crater is nearly a perfect circle. While some modern geologists believed the crater was caused by a volcano, closer studies of the structure revealed that the crater’s hardened “lava” was actually rock that had melted from a meteorite impact roughly between 10,000 and 30,000 years ago. ☄️ #mauritania #africa #desert #crater #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
This week we’re sharing images of craters, like the Roter Kamm Crater in Namibia. The Roter Kamm Crater is about 1.6 miles in diameter (2.5 km) and is 400 feet deep (130 m). It was created by a meteor about 3.7 million years ago. The orangey-red color of the Namib Desert makes this crater look like it could be from another universe rather than our planet. 👽 . . . #roterkammcrater #namibia #namibdesert #africa #desert #crater #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Reine is a tiny fishing village on the island of Moskenesøya on Norway’s Lofoten archipelago. Visitors come to Reine to fish, hike and take in the beautiful northern lights. #reine #norway #lofoten #norway #travel #explore #wanderlust #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
The Marieta Islands (Islas Marietas) are a group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast of the Mexican state of Nayarit. Formed by volcanic activity over thousands of years, the islands are a nationally protected bird sanctuary and provide shelter for countless marine species. One of the islands is also home to Playa de Amor, known as Hidden Beach with incredible snorkeling. 🦅🐡🐟 . . . #islasmarietas #marietaislands #islands #island #mexico #playadelamor #nationalpark #beach #ocean #snorkeling #diving #scuba #travel #explore #wanderlust #viewfromabove #birdseyeview #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #vantagepoint #digitalglobe