Images From GeoEye Calendar 2011

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World's largest space imaging corporation, GeoEYE, which supplies satellite imagery to organization such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Google, among many others, has released a calendar for the next year. The calendar is a compilation of some of the best pictures from the satellites GeoEYE-1 and ICONOS, which includes both urban and natural landscapes.

Following are the images from the said calendar. To download higher resolution version of these images, visit GeoEYE’s website.

Burj Khalifa Skyscraper

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Welcome to Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure ever built, at 828 m (2,717 ft). Get ready to experience the thrill of a lifetime as high-speed elevators whisk you 124 floors above the Earth for an awe-inspiring view of the city, desert and sea from the observation deck, “At the Top.” Enjoy a one-hour guided tour, or linger as long as you’d like. GeoEye-1 .50-meter resolution collected 9 February 2010.

Piazza del Campo

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In Siena, all roads lead to Piazza del Campo. It is one of Italy's most famous piazzas, mostly because of Il Palio, a bareback horse race that dates back to the Middle Ages and still takes place on the outer section of the square twice a year. The piazza was paved in 1349 in fishbone-patterned red brick, which divides into nine sections to commemorate the successful government dei Nove (Nine). GeoEye-1 .50-meter resolution collected 15 August 2009

Ak Orda Presidential Palace

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The five story, marble-lined Ak Orda Palace was built in 2004 as the official workplace of the president of Kazakhstan and is used for state and international negotiations. Across the intriguing landscape is the Pyramid of Peace. Inaugurated in September 2006, the pyramid represents the world’s religious faiths and houses a 1,500-seat opera house, educational facilities and a national center for various ethnic and geographical groups. IKONOS .82-meter resolution collected 20 October 2009

Augusta National Golf Course

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Nothing is more inspiring to golfers than watching the best in the world play in Augusta! The Augusta National Golf Club opened for play in January 1933. Each hole on the course is named after a tree or shrub. The club hosted the first Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships in professional golf, on March 22, 1934. Since 1940, the tournament is scheduled for the first full week in April each year. Aerial DMC MJ Harden 4-inch resolution collected 21 February 2010.

Takla Makan Desert

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The adventure of a lifetime! The Takla Makan Desert is China’s largest desert, situated in the middle of the Tarim Basin in Xinjiang Province. It is one of the largest 'shifting-sand' deserts in the world. Travel by caravan, camel or bicycle to discover towering sand dunes, lost cities, the remains of ancient forests and post-fluvial riverbeds hiding amidst the hauntingly beautiful desert vistas. GeoEye-1 .50-meter resolution collected 6 October 2009.

Dickenson Bay

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Antigua can be as quiet or as lively as you make it. Dickenson Bay is one of many beaches located on the northwest corner of the island. Enjoy the powder white sand and calm waters for swimming and all manners of water sports. Nearby, join a Jeep adventure into the rainforest, play golf or shop for the perfect souvenir. Discover the night life at the many luxury hotels and restaurants. IKONOS .82-meter resolution collected 3 December 2009.

Grand Palace

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A must-see sight in Bangkok is the spectacular Grand Palace. Built in traditional Thai architecture mixed with European designs, the complex was once the official home for the Kings of Siam. The King still uses the Grand Palace with its expansive royal grounds for certain ceremonial occasions. The main centerpiece is the revered 45-cm Emerald Buddha, which is housed within Wat Phra Kaew, an ornately decorated building whose roof tiles reach to the sky. GeoEye-1 .50-meter resolution collected 16 April 2009.

Mount Everest North Side

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“Because it is there.” George Mallory aptly summed up the reason mountaineers worldwide respond to the irresistible pull of Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal were the first to complete the hazardous trek to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, rising 29,035 feet above sea level. Scaling Everest is more than a climb: it is the ultimate destination for mountaineers. GeoEye-1 .50-meter resolution collected 21 November 2009.

Namib Desert

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Some of the most unusual wildlife and nature reserves in the world can be found in the heart of the ‘dune sea’ of the Namib Desert in Namibia, southwest of Angola. Here, the world’s tallest sand dunes rise over 300 meters (984 ft) high. The interaction between wind and sand over 55 million years formed this amazing and vast desert’s complex patterns. GeoEye-1 .50-meter resolution collected 8 July 2010.

Lively Contrasts of Houses, Rock and Sea, Oia

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In Santorini, you’ll find yourself in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Stand on the hanging cliffs of the famous submerged caldera, the volcano’s crater that formed the island after an eruption in 1500 BC. Admire the contrast of the lively white and blue colors of the Cycladic houses against the black volcanic rock. GeoEye-1 .50-meter resolution collected 3 July 2010.

Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge

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During your visit to Sao Paulo, you must see the spectacular Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge over the Pinheiros River, which opened in May 2008. It is the only bridge in the world that has two curved tracks supported by a single concrete mast. Computerized LED lights illuminate the bridge at night and on special occasions. GeoEye-1 .50-meter resolution collected 20 July 2010.

Bondi Beach

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Life at Bondi Beach revolves around the sun, surf and sand. This popular beach, located 7 km east of Sydney, is where locals, tourists, surfers and backpackers all congregate. The surrounding suburb includes trendy cafés, restaurants, boutiques and surf gear shops. A don’t-miss activity is the 4 km (2.5-mile) cliff-top walk from Bondi Beach to Clovelly. GeoEye-1 .50-meter resolution collected 10 June 2009.

City of St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg is a city not to be missed. It has all the ingredients for an unforgettable experience: imperial architecture, extraordinary history, high art and rich cultural traditions. Although a relatively young city, established by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703, you will still hear the echoes of its past in the great palaces, cathedrals and fortresses. GeoEye-1 .50-meter resolution collected 1 September 2009.


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