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The Place Charles de Gaulle, historically known as the Place de l'Étoile is a large roundabout in Paris, France, the meeting point of twelve straight avenues, including the Champs-Élysées. It was renamed in 1970 following the death of General and President Charles de Gaulle. As you can see in the satellite image, the place is symmetrical and thus has six axes. In the center of the place is the Arc de Triomphe, which Napoleon had constructed starting in 1806 to honor the French army called the Grande Armee. . . . . #placecharlesdegaulle #arcdetriomphe #champelysees #paris #france #roundabout #travel #explore #worldview3 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #overview #birdseyeview #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Columbus Circle is a roundabout and heavily trafficked intersection in Manhattan, New York, located at the intersection of Eighth Avenue, Broadway, Central Park South and Central Park West, at the southwest corner of Central Park. Columbus Circle is the point from which all official distances from New York City are measured. The circle was completed in 1905 and renovated a century later. . . . . #columbuscircle #newyork #nyc #centralpark #centralparknyc #manhattan #newyorkcity #thebigapple #bigapple #roundabout #travel #explore #worldview2 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #overview #birdseyeview #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
These before and after satellite images captured an impressive crowd gathered at Big Summit Prairie, Oregon to see today's #SolarEclipse! 🌘🌑🌔
Roundabouts are common throughout the world to help move traffic and keep motorists safe. This week, we’re featuring roundabouts located in five different locations around the world starting with the Angel of Independence in Mexico City, Mexico. The Angel of Independence, most commonly known by the shortened name El Ángel and officially known as Monumento a la Independencia ("Monument to Independence"), is a victory column on a roundabout on the major thoroughfare of Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City. El Ángel was built in 1910 during the presidency of Porfirio Díaz by architect Antonio Rivas Mercado, to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of Mexico's War of Independence. . . . . #elangel #angelofindependence #mexicocity #mexico #roundabout #ciudaddemexico #travel #explore #geoeye1 #satelliteimage #satelliteimagery #overview #birdseyeview #vantagepoint #digitalglobe
Hope everyone had a happy #WorldPhotographyDay! Check out some of our favorite nature images. Which one do you like the best?
#Deira Island is a group of artificial #islands under development in #Dubai, the planned home of new hotels and resorts, retail areas, and residences. Swipe left to see what construction looks like as of December 2016, compared to this shot from 2003 🇦🇪
Papua New Guinea is home to the largest remaining tropical #rainforest in the Asia-Pacific region, but logging is taking a heavy toll. You can see the clear #deforestation on New Britain Island between 2013 and 2017—swipe left to see the difference 🌳 See more imagery in a new report from #GlobalWitness called "STAINED TRADE" (link in bio)
#CityCenter, a glittering complex of luxury hotels, residences, and shopping, sits on 76 acres of the #LasVegas Strip. Here's what it looked like in 2002. Swipe left to see what it looks like today! 🎰
The Japanese coastal city of #Rikuzentakata was all but destroyed following the devastating 2011 tsunami. As you can see in these photos from 2010 and 2011, the city's low-lying downtown area was nearly erased in an instant. Efforts to rebuild continue to this day—this time, on higher ground, in hopes of avoiding yet another tragedy.
This week, we're sharing "before and after" images! Our #satellite imagery captures information that is not always easily seen from ground-level, like changes in an environment over time. Here's the site of @apple's new HQ in #Cupertino, California back in 2012. Swipe left to see how construction looks as of April 2017 🍎
For our last "followers' choice" image this week, we're heading to #Singapore, as suggested by Instagram follower @marc_fis! The city is a melting pot of cultures, evident in its diverse neighborhoods, delicious cuisine, and FOUR official languages (English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil!) Whiz around the city—from futuristic skyscrapers to bustling markets—on one of the world's most efficient public transit systems 🚆 Where should we go next? Comment below and we just might post your image suggestion 😊
Do you know how often Old Faithful, the famous geyser in #Yellowstone National Park, erupts every day? Tell us your guess below 👇 Thanks to @kohnmari for the suggestion!
Our Instagram follower @ryanderlust suggested we visit El Nido, #Palawan in the #Philippines! This protected area is known for its unspoiled beaches, divers' paradise of coral reefs, and an archipelago of islands with steep, rocky cliffs. You could stay at a beachfront hotel, or go one step further and stay right over the #ocean in a cottage on stilts 🐠
Visit #Colorado to see Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, home to the tallest #dunes in North America that rise up to 750 ft tall! The dunes started forming less than 440,000 years ago from sand and soil deposits of the Rio Grande and its tributaries. Fun fact: according to the National Park Service, this park is one of the quietest places in the entire country 🙊 While there are plenty of sounds—from sand whipping across the dunes to the voices of visitors—they get absorbed by the dunes instead of bouncing back off its surfaces! Thanks to Instagram follower @shintry for suggesting this environmental wonder.
Instagram follower @deeky_x suggested we post a shot of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Following rapid development and urbanization, #AbuDhabi is regarded as an ultra-modern metropolis. But Emirati heritage and history can still be found in the city's cultural sites, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace, museums and markets. 🇦🇪 More "followers' choice" images to come!
This week, it's followers' choice! We're posting images requested or inspired by @digitalglobe followers across social media. First up: Lemaire Channel in #Antarctica, suggested by Ahmed, one of our Facebook followers. This strait between the the Kiev Peninsula and Booth Island is so picturesque, it's nicknamed "Kodak Gap" for its icebergs and steep cliffs. 📸
São Paulo is the most populous city in #Brazil, as well as the whole Southern Hemisphere! Known as Brazil's financial center, São Paulo is a round-the-clock, bustling city filled with diverse cuisine, world-class museums, experimental theaters and cinemas, and non-stop nightlife. 🌇 Where should we go next?
The #Pantanal is estimated to be the world's largest wetland, covering nearly 75,000 square miles—20 times the famed Everglades in Florida! The wetland is so large, it extends into neighboring countries Paraguay and Bolivia. With 12 sub-regional ecosystems, the Pantanal holds the key to #Brazil’s unique #biodiversity. The open marshes make this the perfect place to witness animals in their natural environments, including jaguars, giant anteaters, piranha, howler and capuchin monkeys, and green anacondas! 🐍
The #Iguazu Falls, composed of 275 magnificent individual #waterfall drops, is a spectacle to behold! The falls drop down from the Iguazu River, meeting at the border of #Brazil and Argentina. Some believe that this unique boundary is a key influencer behind the political and geographical structure in South America. Its name originates from the Tupi or Guarani language, and means “big water." Must-see falls on the Brazilian side include the Benjamin Constant, Deodoro, and Floriano. Make sure to visit during spring or autumn due to excessive heat and low water levels in the summer 💧
Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor in Portuguese) was built in 1930, and since has become known around the world as one of #Rio de Janeiro, #Brazil’s most recognizable landmarks. The statue of Jesus stands 98 feet tall, with outstretched arms that span 92 feet. It is the largest Art Deco style #sculpture in the world!