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Mapbox is a large provider of custom online maps for websites such as Foursquare, Pinterest, Evernote, the Financial Times, The Weather Channel and Uber Technologies. Since 2010, it has rapidly expanded the niche of custom maps, as a response to the limited choice offered by map providers such as Google Maps and OpenStreetMap. Wikipedia

Mapbox is a large provider of custom online maps for websites such as Foursquare, Pinterest, Evernote, the Financial Times, The Weather Channel and Uber Technologies. Since 2010, it has rapidly expanded the niche of custom maps, as a response to the limited choice offered by map providers such as Google Maps and OpenStreetMap. Wikipedia

Aug 30, 9:40 PM

The Fantastic Lava Beds, in Northern California, are surrounded by 80 km (30 mi) of ash. Their centerpiece is a 230 m (750 ft) cinder cone volcano, formed about 300400 years ago. The volcano is so young that its barren trees have not found a foothold on it yet. Its a part of the beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park, which also contains gas vents and other geological attractions. This image shows the Mapbox Satellite layer draped over the Terrain-RGB layer, viewed in perspective from the south-southwest.

Aug 4, 7:59 PM

Smoke from 150 wildfires in British Columbia, Canada, has poured across the province and into the United States this week. The image shows the situation as of mid-afternoon today, as seen by the MODIS sensor on NASAs Aqua satellite. The view is about 950 km (600 mi) wide, showing part of Alberta, covered in clouds, in the northeast; smoke plumes and smoke-filled valleys across the center; and the Olympic Peninsula, Cascade Mountains, and Columbia Plateau of Washington State in the south. The city of Vancouver, British Columbia, is completely hidden by smoke, as is most of the Columbia River. Seattle is visible, just east of the unusual bright blue-green color of Hood Canal. Hood Canal is a fjord in the Puget Sound where microorganisms are blooming reproducing in unusually large numbers this summer. They are a species of coccolithophore called Ehux (short for the scientific name Emiliania huxleyi), that makes microscopic shells which under the right conditions form chalk deposits. Fainter blooms are also visible to the north and west, near the coast of Vancouver Island. Fires are a normal part of forest ecology in BCs interior, but in recent years theyve been especially destructive, for several reasons. Many trees were killed by an epidemic of mountain pine beetles, turning them into standing fuel. Rising temperatures have increased the number of days when weather conditions encourage fire. Fire suppression techniques have improved, so the fires that get out of control encounter more fuel and thus burn hotter. Meanwhile, growing populations in the southern regions of BC have increased what experts call the UWI, or urban/wildland interface the area where people live near trees and grass that can burn. Although Canadas public safety infrastructure is excellent and few injuries have been reported, over 50,000 people have had to evacuate. The smoke itself is one of the biggest risks: it can be a serious problem for those with sensitive respiratory systems, and at times has made the air quality in the cities of the Pacific Northwest as bad as the most polluted cities in the world.

Jul 28, 4:58 PM

Welcome to Hfuborgarsvi! Or, if you dont speak Icelandic, the city of Reykjavk (Icelands capital) and its suburbs. At the bottom edge of this image is Alingishsi, the parliament building. In the north you can see construction on Tryggvagata Street, and cruise ships in the harbor. Iceland is a popular cruise destination because of its beautiful scenery and its relatively mild climate the North Atlantic Current keeps it warmer than most land at its near-arctic latitude. Hfuborgarsvi in particular is known for its hot springs. Reykjavk literally means Smoky Bay, after the steam plumes from the springs. The most famous, the Blue Lagoon, started as the clean wastewater pond of the Svartsengi geothermal power station. Hfuborgarsvi is one of dozens of regions weve updated in our satellite layer over the past few months, adding up to an area about the size of the entire country of Brazil. The update process involved referring to thousands of user requests and proxies including anonymized telemetry data. The pixels themselves are fresh-sourced from our friends at @digitalglobe, who operate the highest resolution imaging satellites in orbit. For more on the update and details on how we prioritized it, see the link in our bio!

Jun 12, 10:50 AM

Lenis Maranhenses National Park, on the northern coast of Brazil, is a sea of white sand dunes. Lenis is Portuguese for linen, like a bedsheet or tablecloth, referring to the bright expanse. The dunes cover about 1,500 km (600 mi), and although they look like a desert, the area gets plenty of rain in the first half of each year. The rain fills the hollows between the dunes with thousands of small lakes. There are few land animals and plants, but the seasonal lakes support vibrant aquatic life. Some of the species, such as the fierce-looking wolf fish, can bury themselves in the mud and go dormant in the dry season. The dunes are made of sand carried by rivers that flow out of the inland forests. In the dry season, winds shift the dunes, so the lakes form in slightly different places from year to year. Local fishing and agriculture is allowed at a sustainable level within the park: about 100 people live in the dunes themselves, moving from farms among the lakes in the dry season to the coast during the rains. Although its relatively remote, the park is increasingly popular with tourists. Tens of thousands of people visit in July through September, when the lakes are considered most beautiful. Keeping the park open to the general public while limiting environmental impacts is a continuing challenge. This Landsat 8 image is from late July, 2016, and covers an area of about 65 km (40 mi) on a side.

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