Striking Satellite Images That Will Change The Way You See The Earth

Satellite imagery can be put to many good uses, from military and meteorology, to biology and geological.

It can also be used to give us new, interesting, and beautiful perspectives on our world. The website Daily Overview, started by Benjamin Grant in 2013, does just that, showcasing examples of agriculture, infrastructure, or transportation that are striking and thought-provoking when seen from above.

Inspired by a video he saw of astronauts talking about what it’s like to see the earth from space, Grant uses Google Maps and extensive research to find unique locations, often drawing attention to places where man’s interactions with nature are most visible.


While the “overviews,” as Grant calls them, can be fascinating for their visual effect, Grant hopes viewers “go beyond the aesthetics, contemplate just exactly what it is that you’re seeing, and consider what that means for our planet. That is when I believe the project is most effective,” he tells Business Insider.

Vineyards swirl on the hills of Huelva, Spain. The climate there is ideal for grape growing with an average temperature of 64 degrees and a relative humidity between 60% and 80%.


Huelva, Spain

Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery in Madrid, Spain is one of the largest cemeteries in the world. The number of gravesites – estimated at five million – is greater than the population of Madrid itself.


Residential developments in Killeen, Texas, increase every year to support the needs of the growing town directly south and east of the Fort Hood military base. In 2013, there were 923,400 home construction projects in the United States.


Residential developments in Killeen, Texas, increase every year to support the needs of the growing town directly south and east of the Fort Hood military base. In 2013, there were 923,400 home construction projects in the United States.

 The 450-acre Pinecastle Bombing Range in the Ocala National Forest is the only place on the East Coast where the United States Navy can do live impact training. The Navy drops nearly 20,000 bombs a year at the site, a few hundred of which are live.

Davis–Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona is home to the aircraft boneyard for all excess American military and government aircraft. The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group takes care of more than 4,400 aircraft, making it the largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a solar thermal power project in the Mojave Desert. It deploys 173,500 heliostats, each with two mirrors, focusing solar energy on boilers located on three centralized solar power towers. 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.

Mount Taranaki, also known as Mount Egmont, is an active strato volcano on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. A change in vegetation is sharply delineated between the national forest that encircles the volcano and the surrounding land comprised of intensively-farmed dairy pastures.
Dramatic evidence of the catastrophic erosion in northwestern Madagascar is seen at the rapidly expanding Betsiboka River Delta. Deforestation of the country’s central highlands for cultivation and pastureland has resulted in the most significant erosion recorded anywhere in the world (approximately 112 tons/acre), which transforms the river to this vivid orange color.


Seaweed farms on Nusa Lembongan – a small island located southeast of Bali, Indonesia – have an average harvest of 50,000 pounds per month. Once the seaweed is extracted from the water, it is dried by the sun for 3-7 days, depending on the season.

A rare “turbine interchange” connects the SR 9A and SR 202 in Jacksonville, Florida. Also known as a whirlpool interchange, this structure consists of left-turning ramps sweeping around a center interchange, thereby creating a spiral pattern of right-hand traffic.
Mir Mine is an inactive, open-pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. The mine is 1,722 feet deep and has a diameter of 3,900 feet (1,200 m), making it the second largest excavated hole in the world. Active for 44 years, the mine had an output of 10 million carats of diamond per year during peak production in the 1960s.mir_mine_5
For the past 1300 years, the Hani people of Yuanyang County, China have cultivated spectacular, terraced rice patties on mountainsides.
Zaatari Refugee Camp is a settlement located 6 miles east of Mafraq, Jordan. The camp first opened in July 2012 to host Syrians fleeing their ongoing civil war. While the number of refugees in Zaatari exceeded 156,000 in 2013, the current population estimate stands at 80,000.
The tightly gridded streets of Nezahualcóyotl, a municipality of Mexico City, are home to some of the capital’s poorest citizens who have often migrated there from other parts of the country.
South of Moab, Utah, water is diverted from the Colorado River into the settling ponds of a potash mine in order to expedite evaporation.


Los Caracoles Pass (or “Snails Pass”) is located in a remote section of the Andes Mountains on the Chilean side of the border with Argentina. The twisting road climbs to an elevation of 10,419 feet, has no roadside safety barriers, and is frequented by large trucks.
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When tulips, like these in the fields of Keukenhof, were introduced to Holland in the 1600s, the flower became so popular that an economy of trading known as Tulip Mania burgeoned nearly overnight. At the peak of tulip mania, single bulbs sold for more than ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsman.
Located just outside of Paris, Bagneux Cemetery contains approximately 83,000 graves.