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Breathtaking Satellite Photos Of Our Planet Earth

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Every day, Daily Overview shares on Instagram wonderful and breathtaking satellite images of earth as seen from above.  The project was inspired by the Overview Effect video which features the experiences of astronauts who have seen the beauty of our own planet from space.

Benjamin Grant, the founder of Daily Overview, patiently scrolls the images from the databases of Digital Globe, which provides Google Earth imagery.

Their mission states that, “From our line of sight on the earth's surface, it’s impossible to fully appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, the sheer complexity of the systems we’ve developed, or the devastating impact that we’ve had on our planet.  We believe that beholding these forces as they shape our Earth is necessary to make progress in understanding who we are as a species, and what is needed to sustain a safe and healthy planet.”

The satellite images are currently exhibited at the "Welcome to the Anthropocene" in Munich, Germany and can be viewed until end of January 2016.

Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is frequently recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Stretching for 2.25 miles, the sand is divided into segments by lifeguard towers known as postos.
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The medina quarter in Marrakesh, Morocco is characterized by its winding, maze-like streets. Because the intricately connected honeycomb of alleyways narrows to less than a meter wide (~ 3 feet) at certain spots, the area is generally free from car traffic.
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The Port of Hamburg - known as Germany’s “Gateway to the World” - is located on the Elbe River in Hamburg. On an average day, the facility is accessed by 28 ships, 200 freight trains, and 5,000 trucks. In total, the port moves 132.3 million tonnes of cargo each year - that’s roughly 1/3 of the mass of all living human beings.
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The Forbidden City in Beijing, China was built from 1406 until 1420 by more than one million workers. The palace complex, which contains 9,999 rooms, is surrounded by walls and a moat that are 26 feet high and 171 feet wide, respectively.
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Venice, Italy is situated upon 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. With tide waters expected to rise to perilous levels in the coming decades, the city has constructed 78 giant steel gates across the three inlets through which water from the Adriatic could surge into Venice’s lagoon. The panels – which weigh 300-tons and are 92ft wide and 65ft high - are fixed to massive concrete bases dug into the seabed.
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Dutch "star fort" was built in 1593 during the Eighty Years’ War when William I of Orange wanted to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen. Star forts were constructed in the manner you see here so that an attack on any of its five walls could be aggressively counteracted from the two adjacent star points.
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Residential communities are seen here in Delray Beach, Florida, USA. According to the 2010 census, 20.4% of the town’s 34,156 households are vacant.
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Radiating streets surround the Plaza Del Ejecutivo in the Venustiano Carranza district of Mexico City, Mexico
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The Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California, is a massive transitional hub for commercial aircraft. The facility’s boneyard, pictured here, contains more than 150 retired planes.
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New York City’s Central Park spans 843 acres. That’s 6% of the island of Manhattan.
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