The Ghostly Remains Of Homs, Syria

Homs Syria 2014

Torn apart over three years by military confrontations between the Syrian military and opposition, the Homs we see today is a shell of its rich past. If Homs is rightly considered the “Capital of the Revolution,” this photo presents a harrowing assessment of the revolution’s status.

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

Removing ourselves from our surroundings often brings us closer to them. Astronauts speak of the Overview Effect, passing over Earth and seeing it only as a fragile speck in a massive solar system. The desire to protect and preserve is felt, as national boundaries evaporate and a global interdependency is realized. These satellite images are fascinating, overwhelming and thought provoking. So, sit back and take a trip around the globe.

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Satellite Images Kansas

These little circles in the Kansas prairie look like beautiful modern art, but they’re actually center-pivot irrigation circles for crops. Water is pulled from Ogallala aquifer and shot through a giant sprinkler that pivots around a central point. Source: Wikipedia

Burning Man

An art festival that ignites the Nevada desert for a week leading up to Labor Day, Burning Man is about self-reliance, respect and building community (even though you have to pay for your own actualization). Source: iO

Satellite Images Salina Salt

Salt evaporation ponds are manmade devices used to separate salt from seawater. The colors that result are due to the salinity of the water, but it makes for a beautiful palette. Source: Minimograph

Satellite Images Rubalkhali

The largest sand desert in the world, Rub’ Al Khali is also known as The Empty Quarter. Its sandy hills cover parts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Source: Wikipedia

Satellite Images Richat

The Richat is a deeply eroded geologic dome in the Sahara Desert. Ever watching, the “eye” is made of bedrock, sand, plant life and salt sediments. Source: Wikimedia

Satellite Images Riverbank London

No longer in existence, the Riverbank Arena in London was constructed for field hockey games during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Source: Minimograph

Satellite Images Great Blue Hole

60 miles off the coast of Belize is a giant blue chasm in the ocean. The world-renowned scuba diving location includes a vast array of marine life, including giant groupers, nurse sharks and coral reef formations. Source: Visions Of Earth

Satellite Images Namibia Desert

Arid for approximately 55-80 million years, the Namib Desert in Namibia and Angola might be the oldest desert on the planet. Red, vast and harsh, the desert is a lunar landscape on Earth, with small vestiges of water as it sits on the coast. Source: Wikimedia

Satellite Images Potash Ponds

Utah’s Potash ponds are used in the separation of potassium from various mined and manufactured salts. The resulting potassium is used for fertilizer, animal feed and water softening. Source: Tumblr

Satellite Images Pakistan

Following an earthquake in Pakistan on September 24, 2013, an island formed off of the coast of Gwadar. Source: Business Insider

Satellite Images Mt. Cleveland

Mt. Cleveland erupted in May 2006 and astronauts were the first to see the billowing smoke from the Alaskan volcano. The tallest mountain in The Islands of the Four Mountains, it frequently blows ash and smoke into the sky. Source: Wikimedia

Satellite Images Niagara Falls

Erosive and violent, the three waterfalls that make up Niagara rip through the landscape, picking up rock dust and salt along the way making the water a rich, greenish color. Source: Niagara Falls Live

Hong Kong Duck

Created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, this rubber duck sculpture has made its way to various ports around the world. When this photo was taken, the duck was cruising in Hong Kong. Source: Business Insider

Bolivia

The border between Bolivia and Argentina is a pitted landscape with snow-topped mountains and verdant lakes. Source: Wikimedia

Satellite Images Huntsville

Farmland and airstrips blend together in this photo of the Huntsville, AL International Airport. Source: Wikimedia

Satellite Images Austin

A large parking depot offers cheap and spacious parking at the Austin, Texas airport. Source: Minimograph

Arlit Niger

Built between the Sahara desert and the Aïr Mountains, uranium mines have meant big business for Niger, though it remains one of the poorest countries on Earth. Residents fear the effects of uranium mining, from radiation poisoning to cancer. Source: One Name Global

Satellite Images Mont Michel

This French commune towers over a small tidal island off the coast of France. Access to the island is dependent on the tides, uniting human ingenuity with natural beauty. Source: Satellite Imaging Corporation

Satellite Images Atafu Atoll

What appears to be a triangular fort in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is actually a group of 42 coral islets that are part of Tokelau, a New Zealand territory. The geometric atoll surrounds a coral reef lagoon and only has one guesthouse. Source: Wikipedia

Satellite Images Grand Canyon

Lush greenery borders craggy rocks as the Colorado River cuts its way through the Grand Canyon. Source: Wikimedia

Satellite Images Lille

Designed by French Field Marshal Vauban, the “Queen of the Citadels” is the largest and best-preserved citadel in France. A self contained city, it houses 1200 soldiers behind walls in a star formation, which inspired the construction of The Pentagon. Source: Blogspot

Satellite Images Tulip Fields

Brilliant colors line the fields in Holland during tulip season. Like a loom, the flowers knit the story of a people and their history. Source: Miss At La Playa

Dashtekavir Iran

A large salt desert in the middle of the Iranian plateau, the unique soil makeup causes the land to look like cappuccino. Source: Wikimedia

Bahamas

Sand dunes along the Bahamas show how the tides and ocean have shaped them. Source: The Huffington Post

Satellite Images Dubai Palm

The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago constructed off of the coast of Dubai in the shape of a palm tree. The New York Times reported that the man-made islands are sinking, but the government refutes those claims. Source: Wikipedia

Satellite Images Valparaiso

Recognized for having the largest outdoor swimming pool in the world, the private resort of San Alfonso Del Mar pumps water in from the Pacific Ocean that is filtered and treated. The cost of construction was estimated to be 2 billion dollars. Source: Visions Of Earth

Satellite Images Greenland Glacier

One of the largest outlet glaciers, the Kangerdlugssuaq pushes ice into the ocean. While rapidly moving from 2000 to 2005, it has since slowed again. Source: European Space Agency

Satellite Images Iquitos

The largest city in the Peruvian rainforest, Iquitos’ motto is Carpent tua poma nepotes, or “Your children will harvest your fruits”. Bordered by Moronococha Lake to the west and surrounded by the Nanay, Itaya and Amazon Rivers, it appears as an island in a river. Source: Wikipedia

Satellite Images Persian Gulf

The northern end of the Persian Gulf snakes its way into Iran and Iraq via the Shatt Al-Arab River. In the 1980s, the river was the site of violent protests over rights to the river. Source: European Space Agency

Satellite Images Light Pollution

Viewing the Earth at night in this composite photo, one can see the differences among continents, countries, and communities. This is the world at night, overpopulated cities and vast emptiness, industrialized countries and forgotten tribes, city lights and bonfires. Source: Wikipedia

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The Curious Borderland Between Scotland And England

Just yesterday, Scots took to the polls en masse to determine the future of their relationship with the United Kingdom. The result? Scotland is staying loyal to the Union Jack. Approximately 55% of Scots voted not to separate from the United Kingdom, much to the dismay of many pro-independence agitators including celebrities like Sean Connery and Alan Cumming.

Such a move (or lack thereof) has global implications: in a subsequent speech, UK Prime Minister David Cameron declared the question of Scottish independence–or to its supporters, Scotland’s right to determine its own future–“settled for a lifetime”. Other independence seekers, like Catalonia and the Basque Country, had been hoping to use an independent Scotland as grounds to legitimize their fight for secession. For its part, the Kremlin was looking toward an independent Scotland that might justify its own annexation of Crimea. That, however, did not happen. While the majority of Scots voted to stay, a huge chunk of the population did not, and it’s going to take concerted efforts on both sides to soften that splintering. In the meantime, take a look at the physical splinters–if you can see them–between Scotland and England in this chilling Time Lightbox series. Clearly, independence movements are about much more than territory.

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Capturing the Magic: The Greatest NFL Photos of All Time

Immortalizing the collective elation (or heartache) following a play in one single frame, sports and photography have been a complementary team since the invention of the first camera.

It’s in this vein that Sports Illustrated recently released what it considers to be the magazine’s greatest football photographs from its 60 years in print; a historic collection that captures memories and the raw, undiluted power of America’s national pastime.

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NFL Photos Hernandez

2011: Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots has his helmet forcibly removed by linebacker David Harris of the New York Jets. Hernandez would soon be out of the league, pending trial on multiple murder charges.

NFL Photos Barry Sanders

1994: NFL all-time great Barry Sanders ran like nobody before him, and nobody since. Sanders retired after the 1998 season still in the peak of his career, leaving many to wonder what his stats would look like if he had continued to play.

NFL Photos Bobby Layne

1954: Bobby Layne and the two-time defending champion Detroit Lions take on the St. Louis Rams. Layne is pictured jumping up to sneak a pass over the Rams’ defender.

NFL Photos Zorich

1994: Steam pours off the head of the Bears’ Chris Zorich on one of Green Bay’s 15 degree days.

NFL Photos Cincy Score

2003: Knowing that the orange pylon is by rule part of the end zone, Cincinnati Bengal’s running back Jeremi Johnson uses his foot to ensure the touchdown whilst flying out of bounds.

NFL Photos David Tyree

2008: In the most famous play in recent history, New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree catches a pass against his helmet to extend the drive in the final 2 minutes of Super Bowl XLII. The play enabled the Giants to continue down the field and score the game winning touchdown to defeat the then-undefeated New England Patriots.

NFL Photos Butkus

1968: Eight-time pro-bowler and NFL Hall-of-Famer Dick Butkus struck fear into the hearts of opposing quarterbacks throughout his career. Many still consider him to be among the best linebackers to ever suit up for the NFL.

NFL Photos Dolphins Redskins

1973: Dolphins’ Manny Fernandez leaves his feet in an attempt to block the pass of the Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer in Super Bowl VII. The Dolphins came out victorious with a final score of 14-7.

NFL Photos Emmitt Smith

1994: NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith runs through the defense wall of New York Giants - and their Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

NFL Photos Flying High

2002: Not all the great action takes place during the regular season and playoffs; Dolphins’ tight end Randy McMichael took to the air to score a touchdown in a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.

NFL Photos Flying RG3

2012: Though the Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III stepped out of bounds during the play, it nonetheless led to a thrilling photograph of him stretched towards the end zone in this midair leap.

NFL Photos Fog Bowl

1988: The Fog Bowl saw the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Chicago Bears in an AFC Divisional Playoff game for the ages. The game is remembered more for what could not be seen, as dense fog covered the field for much of the contest. The Bears went on to win 20-12 in the extremely adverse conditions.

NFL Photos Gifford

1960: Giants star Frank Gifford lies prone on the turf after a hard hit by Eagles linebacker Chuck Bednarik. This would not only ruin Frank’s day, but keep him off the field for the rest of the season.

NFL Photos Hayes

2009: Geno Hayes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finds himself in a precarious position during a field goal attempt by the Green Bay Packers.

NFL Photos Jackie Smith

1979: The Dallas Cowboys tight end Jackie Smith drops a potential game-tying touchdown pass in Super Bowl XIII. The Cowboys settled for a field goal on the drive, and eventually lost the game 35-31 to the Pittsburg Steelers.

NFL Photos Joe Montana

1989: Joe Montana leads his San Francisco 49ers ninety-two yards down the field for the game winning touchdown in Super Bowl XXIII. Montana’s 49ers won the game 20-16.

NFL Photos Randy Moss

2001: Viking’s wide receiver Randy Moss makes a fingertip catch against the Pittsburg Steelers. One of the most dynamic receivers ever to play in the NFL, Moss made catches like this commonplace throughout his career.

NFL Photos Ref Tackle

1994: Raiders linebacker Mike Jones is held by an official during the game. Surprisingly, the official did not have a penalty called against him on the play.

NFL Photos Reggie Phillips

1986: The Bears’ Reggie Phillips celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. The Bears would go on to blow out the Patriots 46-10.

NFL Photos The Catch

1982: Dwight Clark makes a last minute touchdown catch in the NFC Championship, winning the game and putting the San Francisco 49ers into their first Super Bowl. The play would come to simply be known as ‘The Catch.’

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